Herbal Spotlight: Applemint, with Herb-Crusted Chevre & Applemint Vinaigrette Recipes
Herb-Crusted Baked Chevre [6 individual toppers]
4 Melba toasts, plain
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 TBS Dijon mustard
1 TBS chopped pistachios
1/2 TBS minced fresh parsley
½ TBS chiffonade fresh apple mint
6 ounces goat cheese, firm
[optional: spray olive oil]
Transfer each to Melba crumbs & roll, pressing crumbs gently into the cheese. Set them on a small baking sheet & gently flatten each ball into a disk about 1” thick with the heel of your hand. Place them in your freezer & freeze cheese until firm, about 20-30 minutes. Adjust oven rack to uppermost position; heat to 475 degrees. About 15 minutes before serving, remove tray from the freezer. Lightly spray tops of each topper with olive oil [if using] & place in the preheated oven. Bake until they are golden brown & the cheese is slightly soft, roughly 7 minutes. Using a thin metal spatula, transfer your toppers to a plate & cool 3 minutes before placing on your plated salads. You may also cool them completely & wrap in wax paper to store in your refrigerator for up to 2 days at this point.
1/2 cup Wooly Applemint Leaves, washed
1/2 cup Flat-Leaf Parsley Leaves, washed
1 Shallot, peeled & rough chopped
1/4 cup Honey
4 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
4 - 8 TBS Olive Oil [to your taste]
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the salad: I like a simple salad with these, adding only cucumber & red onion to the mixed greens. The sweet notes of dried apricots & dates are the perfect foil for the tart acid & creamy cheese, & round out the flavor profile of the salad perfectly. I allot 2 apricots & 2 dates for each plated salad, cutting them all in half so I can arrange them nicely on top around the chevre topper.
There it is-- My very favorite salad! I hope this has inspired you to give applemint a try. I grow seven different kinds of mint, & it is absolutely my favorite. For tea, for cocktails, in the medicine-cabinet & in the kitchen, I find myself reaching for it again & again. For those unable to grow it themselves or just wanting to give it a try, we do offer it fresh for local pick-up, & dried for pick-up or shipping. I am even willing to share Applemint Tincture if you need some. [actually, think we will be launching a whole line of our tinctures in the future… STAY TUNED!] I would love to hear how you are using it too-- Please share your own tips! Until next time--
4/16/2021 09:05:31 am
Grreat blog you have here
4/16/2021 09:33:13 am
Cheers! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the recipes & herbal info!
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