Baked Cabecou

Yields 4 appetizer-sized servings
Prep time: 25 minutes, plus time for freezing
Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 teaspoon dried herb blend, such as Herbes de Provence or Italian herb blend
  • 8 rounds Laura Chenel’s Herb Cabecou, plus 3 tablespoons of the packing oil, divided (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens or baby arugula (2 1/2 to 3 ounces)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small, shallow bowl, combine the panko, herb blend, and 1 tablespoon of the Cabecou oil. Working one Cabecou round at a time, dip both sides into the panko mixture, pressing gently on both sides and all edges to adhere the crumbs and arranging the coated rounds on a small rimmed baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least an hour or, covered, up to 2 days.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the panko is lightly golden, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of Cabecou oil with the vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper. Add the greens, then arrange the greens on plates or a platter.
  5. Arrange the baked cheese on top of the greens and serve.

NOTE
This recipe is also great with Spicy Cabecou or Truffle Cabecou—for Spicy Cabecou, substitute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for the dried herb blend.

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