Baked Goat Cheese and California Golden Raisin Phyllo with Mesclun Salad and Hazelnut Dressing

Submitted by: Olivier Dubreuil

Roasted hazelnuts top flaky phyllo-wrapped goat cheese.



    Hazelnut Dressing

    • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon chopped shallots
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

    Goat Cheese Raisin Phyllo

    • 8 ounce goat cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • Fresh ground pepper
    • 3/4 cup California raisins, plumped
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 package phyllo dough
    • 2 cups mesclun salad or mixed greens
    • 1 bunch chives


    Roast the hazelnuts in sugar in oven at 350°F until caramelized; set aside. For vinaigrette, whisk curry powder, red wine vinegar, garlic, and shallots together. Add hazelnut and olive oils slowly and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

    Mix goat cheese, cumin seed, touch of ground pepper and plumped raisins. Lightly butter the phyllo dough. Cut four 7-inch circles from sheets of phyllo. Place a generous amount of goat cheese mix in middle of circle of dough and wrap like a purse. Bake in oven at 350°F until lightly brown.

    Arrange purse on plate accompanied by mesclun salad. Drizzle salad with vinaigrette and candied hazelnuts. Garnish with chives.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 720 (67% from fat); Total Fat 55g (sat 24g, mono 25g, poly 3g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 90mg; Protein 21g; Carbohydrate 38g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 24g; ); Iron 4mg; Sodium 420mg; Calcium 558mg; Potassium 409mg

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