Haricots Verts with Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy Le Creuset

Serves 6 – 8

Wine Paring: Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ pounds haricots verts
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1½ ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¾ cup walnuts, roughly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, cook the haricots verts. Bring salted water to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Prepare a seperate bowl of water with ice.
  2. Trim the ends of the haricots verts. Add to the simmering water and cook until al dente. Transfer to the ice bath with a slotted spoon to stop the cooking process. Remove after a minute. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
  3. Next, prepare the dressing. In a food processor, puree cranberries until smooth. Add vinegar, shallot, mustard and sugar. Process until blended. Slowly add oil until blended. Transfer to a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. To assemble, add the goat cheese and walnuts to the haircots verts, and toss with the dressing.
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