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Beet and Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese Puree

Side Dish Beet Carrot Chevre Salad



  • 1 pound cauliflower florets
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 8 ounce goat cheese


  • 2 pounds beets
  • 4 parts red wine vinegar
  • 3 parts extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 pound carrots, shaved on a mandolin


  • 2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • 2 parts canola oil
  • 1 part cumin seeds


Cauliflower: Simmer cauliflower in water with salt 10 minutes or until tender. Drain cauliflower and purée with the warm cream and goat cheese until smooth.

Beets: Preheat oven to 350F. Place beets in foil and roast 40 minutes or until tender. Cool, peel and cut into quarters. Combine vinegar and olive oil. Pour over beets. Marinate 2 hours.

Shallots: Slowly fry until golden brown, strain and salt

Cumin oil: Toast cumin seeds in a skillet until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Place in a blender with the oil, blend and strain. Toss with carrots.

To serve, arrange beets on top of cauliflower puree. Top with carrots and shallots.

Edible Nashville

Goat Cheese and Lemon Cheesecake

Dessert Cake Chevre Lemon Untested


For the crust:

  • 2 oz. hazelnuts, toasted, skinned, and cooled
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 5 oz. animal crackers
  • 3 tbsp. melted warm butter

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ c. lemon juice
  • 1¼ c. sugar
  • 1 lb. cream cheese, cut into rough 1-inch chunks at room temp.
  • 4 eggs, room temp.
  • 8 oz. mild goat cheese, room temp.
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. heavy cream

For the lemon curd:

  • ⅓ c. lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter, cut into ½-inch cubes and chilled
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch salt


1. FOR THE CRUST: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. In food processor, process hazelnuts with 3 tablespoons sugar until finely ground and mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, about 30 seconds. Add Nabisco Animal Crackers or Social Tea Biscuits and process until mixture is finely and evenly ground, about 30 seconds. Add warm melted butter in slow, steady stream while pulsing; pulse until mixture is evenly moistened and resembles wet sand, about ten 1-second pulses. Transfer mixture to 9-inch springform pan; using bottom of ramekin or dry measuring cup, press firmly and evenly into pan bottom, keeping sides as clean as possible. Bake until fragrant and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 30 minutes. When cool, wrap outside of pan with two 18-inch square pieces heavy-duty foil; set springform pan in roasting pan.

2. FOR THE FILLING: While crust is cooling, process 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest in food processor until sugar is yellow and zest is broken down, about 15 seconds, scraping down bowl if necessary. Transfer lemon sugar to small bowl; stir in remaining 1 cup sugar.

3. In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and goat cheese on low to break up and soften slightly, about 5 seconds. With machine running, add sugar mixture in slow steady stream; increase speed to medium and continue to beat until mixture is creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Reduce speed to medium-low and add eggs 2 at a time; beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping sides and bottom of bowl well after each addition. Add lemon juice and vanilla and mix until just incorporated, about 5 seconds; add heavy cream and mix until just incorporated, about 5 seconds longer. Give batter final scrape, stir with rubber spatula, and pour into prepared springform pan; fill roasting pan with enough hot tap water to come halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake until center jiggles slightly, sides just start to puff, surface is no longer shiny, and instant-read thermometer inserted in center of cake registers 150 degrees, 55 to 60 minutes. Turn off oven and prop open oven door with potholder or wooden spoon handle; allow cake to cool in water bath in oven for 1 hour. Transfer springform pan without foil to wire rack; run small paring knife around inside edge of pan to loosen sides of cake and cool cake to room temperature, about 2 hours.

4. FOR THE LEMON CURD: While cheesecake bakes, heat lemon juice in small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Whisk eggs and yolk in medium nonreactive bowl; gradually whisk in sugar. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot lemon juice into eggs, then return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture registers 170 degrees on instant-read thermometer and is thick enough to cling to spoon, about 3 minutes. Immediately remove pan from heat and stir in cold butter until incorporated; stir in cream, vanilla, and salt, then pour curd through fine-mesh strainer into small nonreactive bowl. Cover surface of curd directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until needed.

5. TO FINISH THE CAKE: When cheesecake is cool, scrape lemon curd onto cheesecake still in springform pan; using offset icing spatula, spread curd evenly over top of cheesecake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. To serve, remove sides of springform pan and cut cake into wedges. (If desired, to remove cheesecake from springform pan bottom, slide thin metal spatula between crust and pan bottom to loosen, then slide cake onto serving plate.)


Cafe Boulud’s Goat Cheese Flans with Garlic-Herb Croutons

Main Course Cheese Chevre Untested


For the flans:

  • 6 oz soft fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 c. heavy cream or half and half, at room temperature
  • large pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and white pepper

For the croutons:

  • olive oil
  • sourdough baguette or bread, thinly sliced
  • split garlic cloves
  • finely chopped parsley, chives, rosemary, and thyme
  • salt and white pepper

For the salad:

  • mixed salad greens
  • olive oil
  • sherry vinegar
  • grated aged goat cheese
  • salt and white pepper


For the flans:

1. Center rack in oven and preheat to 300. Grease or spray six four-ounce (or vice-versa) custard cups, and place them in a small baking pan.

2. Whisk (or hand-mixer mix) together the goat cheese and eggs until smooth. Whisk in (just to combine) cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

3. Pour into cups. Add hot water to halfway up the cups. Cover tightly with foil. Poke two holes in the opposite corners of the pan. Bake for 50 minutes – if you tap the cups gently, the flan shouldn’t jiggle.

4. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes, covered. (If not serving immediately, refrigerate and reheat in a water bath on top of the stove, or a microwave on low.)

For the croutons:

Toast the bread in the olive oil in a skillet. Rub with garlic, sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper.

To finish:

Make salad. Run a knife around the edge of the flans, and invert on a serving plate. Add a mound of salad, two croutons, and grate more cheese over all.

Serve as-is, or in the middle of a bowl of soup (like barley-mushroom, or tomato).

Daniel Boulud

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

Side Dish Chevre Salad Watermelon


  • 1 pound seedless watermelon chunks, cut into small slabs
  • 6 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into 12 rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Arrange the watermelon slabs on 6 plates and top with the fresh goat cheese rounds. Sprinkle all over with the orange zest and nigella seeds.

In a small bowl, whisk the orange juice and lemon juice with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon and goat cheese and serve right away.

This doesn’t keep well, so you want to eat it all on the first day!

Food & Wine

Burnt Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese and Garlic Chips

Side Dish Carrot Chevre Salad Untested


  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 8 medium carrots (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 2 bunches arugula, trimmed, rinsed, dried
  • 6 ounces Bucheron or similar goat cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick


Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until just crisp and barely golden, about 20 seconds. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Let the oil cool; pour into a bowl. Wipe out skillet.

Put vinegar in small bowl; whisk in 5 tablespoons of the cooled garlic oil. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste. (JP: Save remaining garlic oil to use at a later time).

Cut carrots crosswise in half; cut the halves into thick, rough sticks. Toss in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of the garlic oil, thyme, remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the same skillet over high heat. Add carrots in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Cook until lightly charred (almost burnt) on one side, 3-5 minutes. Turn; cook other side, adjusting the heat as necessary, until lightly charred and tender within, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a tray. Wipe out the skillet; set aside.

Toss parsley, arugula and half of the vinaigrette on large serving platter. Arrange carrots on top.

Reheat skillet to very high heat; coat with 1-2 tablespoons of the remaining oil. Immediately add goat cheese slices (be careful — oil may spatter). As soon as you see the cheese blacken on the bottom, remove the slices with a thin spatula; invert onto the carrots. Sprinkle the garlic chips over the salad; drizzle with vinaigrette to taste.

Jean Marie Brownson, Chicago Tribune

Endives with Oranges, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Side Dish Chevre Salad Spanish


  • 1 bunch endive leaves, cored and cleaned [CP: I have no idea what unit a “bunch” is, but it’s a lot]
  • 8 tablespoons orange segments
  • 4 tablespoons sliced toasted almonds
  • 8 ounces Spanish goat cheese [or 4 oz. if you’re making for two]
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Vinagreta de Ajo Tostado


Set leaves on a plate. Add oranges, almonds, cheese, chives and salt. Cover with Vinagreta de Ajo Tostado. Serve.