Posted by: inyomouth | November 6, 2009

Goat Cheese and Grape Chicken Salad, with Baked Brie En Croute

IMG_2057Probably the fanciest sounding dinner I’ve ever made (French words tend to do that), this dinner is also the SIMPLEST, using a rotisserie chicken and Costco-prepped brie!

1 Costco rotisserie chicken ($4.99)

1 bag red grapes ($4.50, TJoes in a box)

1-2 cups walnuts, chopped (In freezer from previous meal)

4 ounces goat cheese, crubled (In fridge from previous pasta meal)

3 heads romaine, shredded ($3, TJoes)

1 sourdough baguette (again with the fancy french…I am so fancy) ($2, TJoes)

Red Wine + Olive Oil Salad Dressing ($3, TJoes)

Brie en Croute ($10, Costco, package deal of brie, apricots, cranberry, and walnuts, all wrapped up!)

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So, this meal is on the pricier end at about $25-$30 (Sorry, Mom). BUT, it fed six people to the brim with enough for 3 more lunches! If you average that to 9 servings, we are pricing this at about $3 a plate, and in that case, it is extremely economical considering they sell salads this size for $6.

Bake the brie first, it takes about a half hour. In the meantime, slice the grapes, chop the walnuts, shred the romaine, de-chicken the chicken, crumble the goat cheese, and slice the baguette. Instead of tossing it all together, just prepare one plate at a time, layering the ingredients. Serve the salad with a slice of the baked brie, and 3 thin slices of bread. Allow people to add their own amount of dressing, as desired. I HIGHLY recommend this dressing. It was a light vinaigrette with lots of flavor.

The brie was good, but I still prefer the puff-pastry, sliced cranberry version. The easy-factor and price are a definite plus for brie-lovers out there.

A fun dinner anecdote: Our oven drawer got stuck (put your cookie sheets on the bottom of your brownie pans–life lesson).

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Attempts by two other people and two band-aids later, Andrew slayed the oven drawer and our pans were free at last.

Now that I’ve finally caught up with my posts, time for class.

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