Pistachio Crusted Organic Goat Cheese with Strawberries

If you have not tried organic this is the step in the right direction. Berries are great to buy organic because of the taste and the fact that they do not have skin that can be peeled. The dish is versatile and can be served family style or plated below which is very elegant! Try to create a presentation by using the beauty of the food itself. This makes a great appetizer, brunch item, can be served over mixed greens or can make a great dessert.

Ingredients

1 – 4 oz. log of a fresh organic goat cheese sliced into 6 even pieces some slices may crumble and it is easy to reform into a circular slice
1/2 cup of finely chopped pistachios
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
1 – 8 oz. package of organic fresh strawberries rinsed and sliced
Honey to drizzle after plated
Mint leaves for garnish

Technique

Lightly press each slice of cheese with chopped pistachios on both sides. Heat sesame oil over medium high heat and pan sear each encrusted piece of cheese on both sides until pistachios start getting a little toasty. In the meantime take sliced strawberries and arrange on a plate for an individual serving or on a platter for family style. Once both sides of encrusted cheese are slightly browned, remove form skillet and place on a serving dish. Drizzle with honey, garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Suggested Beverage

Brancott Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Chateau St. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley) or Gruet Rosé Brut Méthode Champennoise Sparkling Wine.

Chatty Advice

When making any of our gluten-free recipes take care in reading the labels of any packaged or canned products. If there is a label on anything you are using, read it or ask to make sure that it is indeed gluten-free. Many products vary in ingredients from brand to brand. Some examples of this can be found when looking at the labels of soy sauce, mustard, distilled vinegar, and even chicken broth.

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