Cheese is wonderful, but it’s high in calories and fat, ranging from 80 calories/ounce for fresh goat cheese to 120 calories/ounce for Brie. In our supersize-me society, few turophiles stop at one ounce. It’s easy for cheese lovers to devour half a pound or more!
Instead of presenting a loaded cheese board with its “help yourself” temptation, serve cheese in smaller bites on a plate with a salad. You can find individual cheese buttons at a cheese store, or place four cubes of your favorite semi-hard cheeses on a skewer.
A popular French approach is to serve a plate of dressed baby greens topped with one or two goat cheese rounds, cut from a log. You can roll the log in a favorite herb or spice. Black pepper, dried basil, tarragon or thyme are favorites. The cheese rounds can be baked briefly to add a warm contrast to the plate.
In this recipe (shown in the photo), the goat cheese is coated with black sesame seeds and baked. You can add other favorite salad components—here, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts. Get the recipe.
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