I love trying new and complicated recipes as much as the next girl, but everybody needs those reliable things you turn to when it's Tuesday and you're hungry and you ran out of creative a week and a half ago.
One of my favorite standbys isn't so much a specific recipe as a flavor combination: leek, mushroom, and goat cheese. It's not unique or particularly creative, but hey, some things are popular because they work. Virtually every time I grocery shop, I buy these three items, knowing I can turn them into something awesome on short notice. It's super tasty and endlessly variable.
Some of my favorite ways to combine them:
- Polenta: Sautee leeks and mushrooms in a little oil with some garlic. Spoon over soft polenta, crumble goat cheese on top.
- Pasta: Sautee leeks and mushrooms in a large saute pan. Deglaze pan with some white wine, sprinkle with some thyme and salt to taste. Boil some penne; reserve a 1/2 cup of pasta water. Add drained pasta to saute pan with the vegetables, toss in several large clumps of goat cheese and a drizzle of pasta water. Stir. Add a little more pasta water if the sauce is too dry.
- Fancypants appetizer: Buy a frozen phyllo crust. Mix goat cheese with an egg, spread on dough. Top with sliced leeks and mushrooms. Bake at 350 until cheese is starting to get golden. Impress all your friends.
- Frittata: Saute leeks and mushrooms in an oven-safe skillet. Add a little spinach. In a separate bowl whisk 6-8 eggs with a little milk, salt, and pepper. Pour into the skillet, stir around a little. Dollop some goat cheese on top. Pop under the broiler for 4-5 minutes, until puffed and starting to brown.
There are a zillion more, this is just what I do most often. Like I said, not rocket science -- but it's nice to have some things that don't require you to think too hard, you know?
Anyone have any other goat cheese/leek/mushroom combos I should try?