It's no secret that Paris is one of my most favorite places (if not the) in the world. And spending time there again this month only cemented this sentiment further. It was the last leg of an amazing mini European tour of sorts, beginning in Rome, followed by Florence, and finally culminating in the City of Lights. The holiday spirit was still very much alive in each city making for an extra special bonus aura.
My last full day in Paris found me in the well-regarded Saint-Germain-des-Pres of the 6th arrondissement (how Paris classifies its neighborhoods). Emerging from the Metro, I walked the short block to settle in at the famous Cafe de Flore for some lunch vittles. Sips of warm cappuccino, friendly banter, a few obligatory photo opps, and a scrumptious warm goat cheese salad later, I was satiated and ready to take on a quick stroll along the cobblestone streets.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
4 oz. herbed goat cheese
4-6 slices of sourdough bread
Mixed salad greens
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Honey, for drizzling
Fresh thyme, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Slice the goat cheese log into individual rounds. Place the bread on a baking sheet and season lightly with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt. Place a slice of goat cheese on each piece of bread and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is warm, soft and gooey to the touch.
To serve, toss the salad greens with some of the vinaigrette to moisten. Divide the greens among lunch plates and place the goat cheese toasts on each. Finish with freshly ground black pepper, a drizzle of honey, and sprig of thyme. Enjoy!
Adapted from Ina Garten