Beorn’s Goat Cheese Toast

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreIn The Hobbit, when Bilbo and his companions find refuge at Beorn’s home after fleeing the orcs, the man-bear treats them to toast with cheese from his goats and honey from Mirkwood.

  • Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 small or 2 large goat cheese logs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 slices bread
  • 1 handful fresh herbs (basil, marjoram, thyme)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 seasonal lettuce (batavia, mâche)
How to Make It
  1. Using a very sharp blade, cut each small cheese in half lengthwise, or each large cheese into slices ½ inch thick.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle lightly with nutmeg, and lay the pieces of cheese on the bread slices.
  3. Pick some herbs growing south of the gate. Rinse, drain, and chop them finely. Sprinkle the slices with fresh herbs and then drizzle with honey.
  4. Place them under a broiler for about 5 minutes, until the cheese melts, the honey caramelizes, and the bread becomes crusty. Serve with seasonal salad.
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