Thursday, October 6, 2011

Warm Goat Cheese, Asian Pear, Crispy Prosciutto and Leek Salad

Kate this salad is dedicated to you! I wish we could have enjoyed it together!!! I went all out and added Asian pears, prosciutto and crispy leeks . . . it was almost life changing good!!!Warm Goat Cheese, Asian Pear, Crispy Prosciutto and Leek SaladRecipe by: Emily

6 oz Goat Cheese, sliced into 1 inch rounds
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
2 Egg whites
2 tsp water
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Leek, sliced, cleaned thoroughly and dried
1 Asian Pear, cored and thinly sliced
2 slices Prosciutto
Salad Greens

1. Whisk the water and egg whites together to combine. Dip the goat cheese rounds into the egg whites and then coat in the bread crumbs on all sides. Place on a plate to refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

2. While the goat cheese refrigerates prepare the salad. Crisp 2 slices of prosciutto in a skillet over medium heat on each side. Set aside. Add 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter to the same skillet. Once the butter has melted add the chopped leeks to the pan and cook until browned and crispy; about 10-12 minutes. Drain leeks on a paper towel.

3. Add 1-2 tbsp olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of butter to the pan. Fry the breaded goat cheese on each side in the oil until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel.

4. Assemble the salad by placing greens and pears in a large bowl and tossing with enough dressing to coat. Plate the salad and top with the crisped prosciutto, leeks and goat cheese. Serve while the goat cheese is still warm. Enjoy!

3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 Tbsp Dijon or Spicy Mustard
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
3/4-1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper

Whisk everything together, taste and add more sugar or salt as needed.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Double Chocolate Whopper Pie

I am loving this weekend!!! I had a blast with some amazing girl friends last night doing a little shopping and then hanging out munching on pizza, playing cards, and frosting sugar cookies! Every year as fall rolls in my craving to bake and create seems to multiply 10 fold! This little chocoholic fix came about a few weeks ago . . .
I used to hate the texture of whoopers as a kid . . . I also didn't like the sound that they made when you crunched into them . . . but I guess I am over that now . . . they add a great texture AND flavor to this chocolate fantasy . . . but you can crush or chop any chocolaty treat that you love to add in its place . . .
Double Chocolate Whopper Pie
Recipe by: Emily
Top Chocolate Layer:8 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Whoppers, chopped
1/4 cup Powder Sugar
pinch of Salt
1 large Cool Whip container, defrosted.

Bottom Chocolate Layer:
1 Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Butter
1 cup Flour
2 cups Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Nuts, chopped (optional)
3 unbaked Pie Shells

Bottom Chocolate layer:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter and chocolate chips in a bowl. Melt by 15 second increments in a microwave, stirring until chocolate is melted. Add sugar to the melted chocolate mixture. Once sugar is mixed add the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt baking powder and nuts in a separate bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Evenly distribute batter into 3 unbaked pie shells. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the pie is puffed and just beginning to brown on top. Remove from the oven and cool.

Top Chocolate Layer:1. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl by 15 second increments, stirring between increments until chocolate is melted. Set aside.

2. Beat the cream cheese for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Add 1/4 cup powder sugar, a pinch of salt and 1/2 of the cool whip, mix until combined. Add the melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and whip. Add the rest of the cool whip to the chocolate mixture and mix. Fold in the chopped whoppers.

3. Spoon the filling on to of the 3 cooled baked pies and spread evenly on top. Chop or crush more whoppers to sprinkle on top. Refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!