Winter white isn't just for wearing! We're dressing up our tables with white deliciousness. Here are three delightful recipes to get you started.
First - our winter salad of romaine, endive, pears, and goat cheese drizzled with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Light and crisp - just what Dr. Winter ordered to cure a dreary day!
Mid Winter’s Salad Dream Serves 4
1 heart of romaine
3 endive stalks
1 bosc pear
½ cup toasted pecans
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tsp. mild honey
On a serving platter layer in this order: romaine, endive, pear, pecans, goat cheese. Shower with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, honey/pinch of salt. Drizzle over layered salad just before serving.
Second - let's think about pears. All too often overshadowed by fall apples and then winter citrus... in this dish they are the stars! It's a savory spin for the pear with olive oil, salt/pepper and tangy goat cheese. Make this as an appetizer, a side dish, top it on a salad, or save it for the finish and drizzle it with cream fraiche or a dallop of vanilla ice cream! (I even like to eat it for breakfast!)
Bosc Pears (best for roasting)
Sea Salt/Freshly Ground Pepper
Goat cheese, crumbled
Slice pears. Place in single layer in baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt & pepper. Roast in 400* oven for about 10 min, or until pears start to soften (you don’t want them mushy). Top with crumbled cheese. Serve immediately.
Third - let's elevate the humble cauliflower with a little roasting!
Roasted Cauliflower w/two cheeses (serves 4)
1 head cauliflower
½ Spanish onion
1 clove garlic
3-4 T olive oil
salt and pepper
2 oz. goat cheese
2 oz. Monterey jack
2 Tbls. panko
1 Tbls olive oil
Preheat oven to 425*. Core and slice cauliflower flowerets. Place cauliflower along with sliced onion on baking sheet. Add chopped garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Roast for 20 min. Remove from oven and place ½ the roasted cauliflower in 8” shallow baking dish or cast iron skillet. Top with ½ the goat cheese and ½ the Monterey jack cheese. Repeat layer. Top with panko and drizzle with olive oil.
Place in 425* oven for 10 min. Serve hot.
Hope these make your winter days a little brighter and a little more delicious!
from my table to yours,