Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Goat's Milk Panna Cotta

Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Goat's Milk Panna Cotta

Serves 6

Secret Ingredient: Goat's Milk

Ingredients: 
  • Panna Cotta
  • 2 gelatin sheets or 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup goat milk
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Salad
  • 12 baby beets, scrubbed and stemmed (3 large beets)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 head frisee, washed, dried, gently torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 head red leaf lettuce, washed, dried, gently torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
  • Vinaigrette
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • Salt to taste
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Method: 

For the panna cotta, soak gelatin sheets in a bowl filled with cold water until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. If using powdered gelatin, place gelatin in a bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a saucepan, warm cream, goat milk, goat cheese, black peppercorns, thyme and salt. Stir to melt the cheese. Simmer 5 minutes and strain, discarding peppercorns and thyme.

Remove softened gelatin sheets from the bowl and discard water. Stir gelatin sheets or dissolved gelatin into milk mixture to dissolve. Divide between 6 (2-ounce) ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and chill 4 to 24 hours until firm.

For the salad, preheat oven to 375°F. Divide beets between two large sheets of foil. Drizzle with olive oil (about a 1/4 cup total) and sprinkle with salt. Wrap tightly and place on a baking sheet. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until tender. While the beets roast, place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast alongside the beets. Toast hazelnuts 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool slightly, rough chop and set aside. Allow beets to cool slightly, rub skins off using a paper towel and cut into quarters.

For the vinaigrette, place shallots, thyme, vinegar and honey in a large salad bowl. Allow to sit 10 to 15 minutes to macerate the shallots. Whisk in about a cup of extra virgin olive oil, creating an emulsion. Stir in chopped hazelnuts and add salt to taste.

To assemble, dip a butter or paring knife in a glass of hot water. Run the knife around the inside of the panna cotta mold, then release the panna cotta onto a chilled salad plate. Toss beets, fennel, frisee and red leaf lettuce in just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Arrange greens around panna cotta. Top with a drizzle of hazelnut oil and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:390 calories (310 from fat), 35g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 600mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 6g protein
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