Recipe of the Day: #8

The best things are simply made.  They are the best because they require only a few ingredients and taste delicious and don’t require a lot of work.  My kind of food. 

Tomato Queso Fresco Salad

Start with making the Queso Fresco.  Remember, I use raw goat’s milk.  You can use any kind of milk that is not ultra pasteurized.  Regular pasteurized is fine.

1.  Heat 1/2 gallon of milk to 180 degrees.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar until all the milk curdles.  Pour the mixture through a piece of material that you have used to line a big bowl…I use flour sack cloth that I get in the dish towel section of almost any grocery store.  Once the mixture is in the flour sack cloth lined bowl, tie the opposite corners of the cloth together in a tight knot.  Repeat with the other two corners.  Hang it from a cabinet door knob so the whey drips into the bowl.  If you don’t have something to hang it from, you can just hold it up in the air for about 5-10 minutes while the whey drips out.  Consider that your shoulder work out for the day.

When the whey drips only every 30 seconds or not at all, open up the cloth.  Scoop some of the cheese out into a bowl.  Press it into the bowl HARD.  The bowl is your mold.  Leave it there while you do the rest.

2.  Now, thinly slice some tomatoes.  I used about 5 smallish tomatoes.  Spread those all over a plate. 

3. Invert your cheese mold onto another plate.  Hopefully the cheese will fall out in one piece.  If it sticks in the bowl, you’ll need to gently loosen it from the sides with a butter knife, then invert it. 

4.  Place the cheese on top of the tomato.

5.  Drizzle a good olive oil over the top.

6.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top.

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt (or kosher) and cracked black pepper.

Note:  If the making the cheese part seems hard, it’s not.  After you do it once, you’ll understand the process and it’ll only take you 10-15 minutes total.  Promise.

Enjoy!

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

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About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.
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2 Responses to Recipe of the Day: #8

  1. Oh yum, I love the look of that. Nothing can be bad if it has that many tomatoes in the photo.

  2. THis looks so delicious
    please stop by and say hi
    xoxo
    bB
    http://www.itsybitsybrianna.wordpress.com

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