Or, to sound less fancy-pants, bacon-wrapped goat cheese.
Here in France I am often stumbling across “convenience” products like this which I suppose are commonplace to French consumers but are totally awesome to me. I mean, bacon-wrapped goat cheese? For two euros? That’s awesome. You might be able to find something like this in the prepared-food section of some gourmet grocery stores with a huge markup, but in France, it’s at the supermarket.
Obviously, I had to buy it. I hatched a lovely plan to pan-fry these beauties and serve them warm on a bed of watercress dressed in apple cider vinaigrette. The watercress was already washed and waiting in the fridge, the vinaigrette was already made, it was going to be the fastest appetizer salad ever in my kitchen. I busted out the nonstick pan (didn’t want to risk my precious cheeses getting stuck to the pan) and started frying.
That’s when I went into the fridge to get the rest of the salad ingredients. Vinaigrette? Check. Gave it a little shake in its tiny Tupperware and it was good to go. Carefully washed, dried, loosely wrapped in a paper towel and an open plastic bag a day or two prior, my watercress should have been fine. But it had all gone yellow. Crap! Nick, intrepid soul that he is, tasted a leaf as I asked hopefully, “Does it taste yellow?” “Blech. Yeah.” Came the reply. Into the garbage can it went, and the warm, crisped cheeses went onto our plates alone. And we ate them that way. Smoky, salty bacon and creamy, tangy goat cheese, it turns out, need no other adornment. I will be buying these again for sure.
I’m sending this to Chez Loulou for the monthly Fête du Fromage roundup. Look for it on the 15th!
Originally published on Croque-Camille.