Warm Salad of Welsh Goats’ Cheese with Roasted Walnuts, Deep-fried Herbs and Nut Dressing

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Rhubarb and Black Pudding

Rhubarb and Black Pudding

By Paul Heathcote and Matthew Fort

Published 1998

  • About

Ingredients

  • 12 small slices of bread roll
  • knob of butter
  • 2 Gedi goatscheese logs, each cut into 12
  • about 20 walnut halves
  • several good sprigs each of tarragon, basil, celery leaves and flat-leaved parsley, as much of the stalks removed as possible
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 200 g / 7 oz salad leaves

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5 and preheat oil for deep-frying to 140°C/285°F.
    2. In another pan, fry the croutons in a little butter until golden.
    3. Place a piece of cheese on each crouton and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until melted and bubbling.
    4. At the same time, roast the walnuts in the oven for about 5 minutes to increase their flavour.
    5. Make the Nut Dressing: mix all the ingredients together well until emulsified. (These quantities will make more than you need, but the dressing keeps well in a screw-top jar in the fridge and can be used on a wide range of salads.)
    6. Prepare the herbs for the garnish: carefully drop them into the hot oil (be careful, they are full of moisture, so they will cause spattering and lots of foaming). Cook for 20 seconds only, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
    7. Dress the salad leaves with about 4 tablespoons of the dressing and arrange these in the centre of each plate. Arrange the nuts and deep-fried herbs around it. Place the baked cheese on top and pour on a little more nut dressing.