BACON WRAPPED GOAT CHEESE – This is a quintessential entrée in the French household. You can even purchase goat cheese already wrapped in bacon at the épicerie, grocery store. Typically, the cheeses are heated in the oven until they begin to melt and the bacon softens. I’ve stolen this idea and put the cheeses on the grill, after tucking grilled pepper underneath the bacon for some extra lusciousness. The bacon entirely covers the cheese and as it crisps on the grill, the cheese softens so that when you cut into it, OH MY. It’s molten and delicious. – firm yet young,,round goat cheeses, cut horizontally into three equal pieces, Piment d’Espelette , Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, roasted red bell pepper cut into 6 equal-sized pieces (about 2 x 2 inches; 5 x 5– 1/2cm), slices slab bacon (rind removed), recipe for classic vinaigrette, lettuce leaves (rinsed, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces), Set the cheeses on a work surface, cut side up. Season each piece with piment d’Espelette or the paprikas, a bit of salt and some pepper. Lay a piece of pepper atop each cheese, flattening it out gently so it covers the surface of the cheese. If it hangs over a bit, that’s fine. Wrap each piece of cheese with a piece of bacon, so the bacon almost entirely encases the cheese, and keep it held closed with a trussing skewer.; In a medium-sized bowl, make the vinaigrette.; Build a medium-sized fire in the barbecue, or light up the gas grill using all three burners. When the coals are red and dusted with ash, set the grill over them. When the grill is very hot, place the cheeses on it ,right over the coals, and grill until the bacon is golden, about 30 seconds. Turn and repeat. Cover the grill and continue cooking until the cheese begins to melt, an additional minute or so. Transfer the cheeses from the grill to a plate or platter, using a long, metal spatula. ; Thoroughly toss, toss, toss the salad until it is coated with the vinaigrette, and divide among four plates, setting it in the center of the plate. Transfer the hot cheeses to the salads, serving two pieces per person. Garnish with fleur de sel if desired, and serve immediately.; – – First Course – French – Blog – Book – Featured – Life in France – Recipes – bacon – France – goat cheese – lettuce – market – salad[/wpurp-searchable-recipe]
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