I usually like rain, and I don't mind a Monday here and there, but I started this gloomy, rain-soaked Monday with Karen Carpenter's voice running through my head- "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down." I needed a cheese pick-me-up (yes, cheese is one of my instant funk-fixers). Armed with a hooded slicker, rain boots, and a partially functioning umbrella, I headed to the Union Square Greenmarket and made a beeline for Consider Bardwell Farm's dome covered cheeses. The Pawlet, my favorite variety, would later put a smile on my face as it gracefully carried out its starring role in this week's Market Mondays dinner- apple and Pawlet salad on Pawlet crust rounds (adapted from Food & Wine magazine's cheddar crust shards).
For the simple dinner, I combined diced Fuji apples and Pawlet with dried cherries, toasted pecan pieces, and chopped baby lettuce. After dressing the salad with Meyer lemon olive oil and balsamic vinegar, I finished it with a dash of salt and pepper, and placed it atop two Pawlet crust rounds (recipe below). A bright, cheesy, smile-inducing meal- perfect to combat an otherwise dreary Monday.
Baby lettuce kept dry under D&J Organics' tent
The assembled rainy-day Monday apple and Pawlet salad
Pawlet Crust Rounds (yield, 4 rounds)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
4 tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup shredded Pawlet
2 1/2 tbsp cold water
1/4 tsp red wine vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Pulse flour, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor with the chopping blade attached until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
3. Add Pawlet and pulse until just combined.
4. Add water and red wine vinegar and pulse until mixture is evenly moistened.
5. Remove dough from food processor and knead until just combined. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until thoroughly chilled.
6. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick, cut into rounds with a 4 1/2 inch diameter and bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until golden brown, approximately 40 minutes.