A part from the different decorations I’ve seen around, I really feel Christmas is just around the corner. Since a few years, in my village there is a contest about who makes the best nativity scene. The day the contest officially starts there is a small celebration in the village; besides looking at the nice work the inhabitants have made, there are also a few food and drink stands where we can enjoy a nice moment together. Friends of mine produce an amazing cheese and I knew they would hold a Raclette stand so I told them I would come by. When I arrived it was still early but soon people began arriving and not long after I found myself helping them preparing the melted cheese. I had a really nice time and despite my initial idea was go to there, have a bite and a drink, I ended up being among the last people to leave the celebration. Here are a few pictures of the “Via dei Presepi” (“The Path of The Nativity Scenes”).
In the mood for some more delicious melted cheese, I made this recipe, which is very easy but so tasty. For the breading I used walnuts which, with a cheese that has the consistence of a brie works very well. Together I made a radicchio and apple salad with a honey dressing and I found the combination to be just heavenly.
Walnut Crusted Tomme Cheese
Recipe for 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook Time: 8-10 min
For the cheese
4 tomme cheeses (100 g each – not too soft)
45-50 g chopped walnuts
4 tbsp. breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. flour
1.5-2 tbsp. grape seed oil
For the salad:
2 tbsp. grape seed oil
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1.5 tbsp. runny honey
Salt and pepper
200 chopped radicchio
1 small apple (I used Braeburn)
Start preparing the salad by mixing the first four ingredients in a bowl. Quarter the apple and slice each quarter. Add the radicchio and apples to the salad, toss and set aside.
Take a dish and add the flour with a little pepper, break the egg in a bowl and mix and in a third dish mix the breadcrumbs with the walnuts.
Start by dipping one tome in the flour, shake of any excess, then pass it in the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumb-walnut mix. Repeat for each piece.
Heat the grape seed oil in a pan and add the breaded tommes to cook for 3-4 min per side.
Remove from pan and serve without waiting accompanied by the salad.