Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I am excited for today because:
1. I am Irish
2. I turned 21 a few months ago, so now I can finally enjoy the glory of today…GREEN BEER, YES PLEASE!
3. Green is my favorite color, though surprisingly despite my abundance of green paraphernalia, I barely have any green clothes.
4. Even though I work today, I’m off at 5, giving me ample time to celebrate
5. If all other plans fall through, I live 3 blocks away from an Irish bar that I know will be a good place to get down.
6. As silly as it sounds, today marks a year and a half since Matt and I started dating, so if nothing else, I will drink to that!
I thought that in spirit of today I would give you a sort of green recipe that I tried yesterday with my friends Sohini and Kati.
One of my favorite cooking magazines, Saveur, posted an article preaching the wonders and versatility of goat cheese – as if the world didn’t already know!
No matter, I promptly sent the link to Sohini, who loved it and insisted we cook all of the recipes, so I headed over to her house to start cooking up a goat cheese feast.
Ok, so there’s like 20 recipes and there was only 3 who would be eating, so we toned it down to 2, a savory and a sweet goat cheese application.
More on the sweet later.
For the savory, we settled on a Orecchiette Salad, which we altered slightly from the original.
Our recipe goes as follows:
16 oz Orecchiette Pasta
12 oz Broccoli, sliced thin and blanched
12 oz Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
8 cloves of peeled garlic, sauteed until golden brown
Zest of 1 lemon
Moderately sized handful of red pepper chili flakes
5 oz. Goat Cheese, or more, at room temp
A drizzle of olive oil
The assembly is simple,
Boil orecchiette in lightly salted water until slighty al dente
Blanch broccoli in boiling water and then shock in an ice bath to keep their bright color
Halve cherry tomatoes
In a large pot saute garlic until golden then add chili flakes
Incorporate pasta, broccoli, and tomatoes into pot
Drizzle with olive oil and zest lemon
Top with small dabs of goat cheese
Allow the cheese to soften and then stir together
This may be one of my new favorite pasta salads. The goat cheese acts as a fabulous sauce and works well with the lemon zest and chili flakes. This is the perfect summer picnic salad or side dish at a BBQ because its so bright and flavorful! The best part about this pasta salad? Its just as tasty hot or cold! (I’m eating the cold leftovers this very moment)!
Us girls ate it as our entree, but we were also making a delicious goat cheese dessert, so we wanted to keep dinner light.
For a a little more protein some roughly chopped walnuts and/or grilled chicken would be GREAT in this!
Well, I am off to celebrate a very jolly Saint Patty’s Day! Everyone have a wonderful evening and be safe!