WARM GARDEN BEAN, GOAT CHEESE AND POACHED EGG SALAD
Cindy Pawlcyn, executive chef/owner, Mustards Grill, Napa, Calif., www.mustardsgrill.com Yield: 12 servings 2 T. apple cider vinegar 2 T. balsamic vinegar 1/4 c. Dijon mustard 2 shallots, minced Sea salt and pepper, to taste 3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil 2 lbs. (6 c.) fresh seasonal beans (several varieties of colors, wax or shelling beans) 12 large eggs 6 oz. (9 c.) mixed baby salad greens 3 T. fresh tarragon or chervil, chopped 6 oz. goat cheese, crumbled Method (1) Blend together vinegars, mustard and shallots with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Slowly whisk in olive oil until fully incorporated. Set aside. (2) Trim ends of beans, and cut in 3-4” pieces. Blanch beans in lightly salted water; drain. Toss beans with 1/4 c. dressing. (3) Poach eggs in small batches in acidified water (1 t. vinegar to 1 qt. water) until whites are set (completely coagulated and firm) and yolks begin to thicken (no longer runny, but not hard). Remove, and keep warm. (4) To serve, arrange 1/2 c. beans in a “nest” in center of a plate. Place egg in the nest. Toss the salad greens and herbs in the remaining vinaigrette; place 3/4 c. greens around the nest. Sprinkle on 1/2 oz. goat cheese. Wine pairing: The cantaloupe, citrus and guava flavors in Kunde Sauvignon Blanc “Magnolia Lane” 2008 (California) will provide a perfect contrast to the creamy egg and goat cheese prep.
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GRILLED SALMON ON A SALAD WITH FRISÉE, SWEET CORN, ONIONS AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
National Onion Association, www.onions-usa.org Yield: 12 servings 12 6-oz. salmon fillets 6 heads frisée 4 1/2 c. fresh corn, cut off the cob 6 medium white onions, thinly sliced 9 oz. sun-dried tomatoes, julienned 1/3 c. Champagne vinegar 3/4 c. olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Method (1) Cook salmon fillets on grill or under broiler for approximately 3-4 minutes per side. (2) Combine frisée, corn, onion and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl, and toss lightly with Champagne vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. (3) Arrange the salad on a plate, and place the grilled salmon on top. Wine pairing: The light and luscious Chamisal Estate Pinot Noir 2007 (California)—with flavors of cherry, blood orange and herbes de provence—will seamlessly balance the salmon, onions and corn.
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