Goat Cheese Boursin, Tarragon Dill Vinaigrette


Serves 4
1 bunch asparagus
1 pound golden beets
8 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, julienned
1/4 cup goat cheese boursin (see recipe below)
1 cup baby arugula
1 recipe terragon dill vinaigrette (see recipe below)

1. Prepare beets – prepare oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each beet individually in foil and place on sheet pan. Roast beets until they can be easily pierced with a fork, about 45 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, and peel beets with dry paper towels, then cut them into 1/2″ dice. Toss in vinaigrette
2. Prepare asparagus – trim the woody asparagus stems by bending them until they break; the asparagus will naturally break where the stem becomes woody. Discard the woody ends. Heat a cast iron skillet then add minimal oil Saute asparagus in small batches until browned and just tender about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool. Cut the asparagus on the bias (at a diagonal) into 1″ pieces and toss with lemon zest.
3. Saute shiitake – saute mushrooms in hot skillet until browned; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
4. Putting it all together – arrange beets, asparagus and shiitake on each plate. Dot with small balls of goat boursin. Lightly toss argula in vinaigrette and top composed salad with greens.

Tarragon-Dill Vinaigrette Lemon Oil
2 cups of canola oil
Strips of zest from 1 lemon
1 stalk lemongrass, tough outer layers removed and bottom 4 inches roughly chopped

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon tarragon, torn
1/2 teaspoon dill, snipped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tarragon, roughly chopped
1/4 cup lemon oil
1/2 cup olive oil

1. Prepare lemon oil – In a medium heavy saucepan over very low heat, combine oil, lemon peel and lemongrass. Cook, uncovered, until aromatic, about 1 hour. Do not let oil boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain through a mesh strainer into a heatproof container. Cool completely before using. May be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
2. Prepare Vinaigrette – In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, tarragon, dill, salt, sugar and pepper. Slowly whisk in lemon oil, then olive oil. Adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Goal Cheese Boursin
1 garlic clove, minced
8 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon chives, minced
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


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