Sarah in the kitchen [photo: Justin Goode]"American Idol" Season 10 alum and food blogger Sarah Sellers has been posting her viewing-party snack recipes in Reality Rocks for two "Idol" seasons now, and now she is back to get your mouth watering on every night of Season 12.
Tonight, Hollywood Week continues, so Sarah was "inspired by the West Coast, with these fresh, quick, and easy appetizers." For last night's Hollywood Week episode, she served tuna and avocado crisps, and tonight's recipe should also get you in a California state of mind. Enjoy!
Toasted Goat Cheese with Honey
▪ 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
▪ 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
▪ 1/4 tsp kosher salt
▪ 8oz goat cheese
▪ 2 cups arugula
▪ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
▪ 2 tbsp pine nuts
▪ 2 tbsp red bell pepper, diced
▪ 1/2 lemon, juiced
▪ honey for drizzling
Mix the panko, salt, and pepper on a small plate. Slice the cold goat cheese into 1-inch circles and dredge in the panko. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Place the arugula equally in 4 martini glasses and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until piping hot. Add the goat cheese and sauté until lightly golden-brown, around 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and lightly toast the pine nuts until fragrant.
Place the goat cheese on top of the arugula, two per glass, and drizzle with the honey. Top with the pine nuts, red bell pepper, and a drizzle of lemon juice.
Check out Sarah's food and music blogs at http://sarahsmusicalkitchen.com