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Sunday, December 09, 2007

green beans and marinated goat cheese salad

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Green beans with goat cheese is a favorite with D and me. We don't have it too often, though. And usually, it is a filling meal by itself, depending on portion size. Sometimes, I like to serve a soup or sandwich along to round out the meal.

Any favorite marinade for the goat cheese would work. This time I used whatever was handy at home. Goat cheese doesn't have to marinate for long - just as long as it takes to get the beans ready - start marinating the goat cheese before getting the green beans ready.

I used frozen petite green beans for this recipe as we usually have it handy year-round. Ever since Ana started solids, we always have a large bag of frozen green beans and peas handy in the freezer. Ana seems to like steamed or sautéed peas and green beans, and of course corn.

Ingredients
2-3 handfuls frozen whole green beans
½ medium onion sliced thin (optional)
4-5 oz goat cheese
some chopped walnuts
some dried cranberries
1 tsp olive oil

marinade for goat cheese:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
½ tsp coarse salt (adjust to taste)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp dried marjoram or parsley
vinaigrette for green beans:
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
some salt and any dried herbs handy


Preparation
  1. marinate the goat cheese, slice it first if preferred
  2. heat olive oil in a pan, sauté the onions with a pinch of salt till almost caramelized
  3. add the green beans and a tiny pinch of salt and sauté till beans are tender
  4. off heat, allow the green beans to cool a little and drizzle some vinaigrette
  5. top with sliced or crumbled goat cheese, walnuts and cranberries
  6. serve at room temperature


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5 Comments:

  • At 11:55 PM, Blogger Nags said…

    never tasted goat cheese. sounds interesting!

     
  • At 12:38 AM, Blogger RAKS KITCHEN said…

    Green beans gives a colourful look to the dish..Nice recipe!

     
  • At 1:19 AM, Anonymous VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said…

    This looks so very very tasty. Pity goats cheese is SO expensive here.

    VegeYum

     
  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger Swaroopa said…

    looks gr8!! very tastey & healthy too...

     
  • At 10:45 AM, Anonymous LTM said…

    Wow, a recipe that combines a ton of my favorite foods! It's always a joy to find a recipe like that.

    I really enjoy reading your blog because you make foods from so many different cuisines.

     

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