Bessie's Blend® Cheese Salad


Servings: 4


4 Roma tomatoes, quartered
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
8 1-ounce pieces Wisconsin Bessie’s Blend® cheese
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 navel orange
Segments of 2 navel oranges, peeled
1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 pound baby arugula, washed and stemmed

Cooking Directions:

Heat oven to 275°F. Place tomatoes on baking sheet, skin side down. Season with salt and pepper. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until dehydrated by 50%. Tomatoes will turn darker red with brown spots. Remove from oven; let stand at room temperature.

Place vinegar in small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until reduced by half. Remove from heat and cool.

Preheat oven to “broil." Place cold cheese on nonstick baking sheet; broil briefly until slightly melted.

Whisk reduced vinegar, oil and orange zest in bowl until emulsified. Add arugula and toss; season with salt and pepper. Arrange on plates.

Arrange orange segments and tomatoes on plates. Top with cheese and sprinkle with pine nuts.

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