Fried Goat Cheese Mashed Between Toasted Bread

Before you pass this recipe off, read on a bit longer. Maybe I can convince you to try this appetizer or at least a goat milk product. I’m not hear to stand on my soap-box and tell you that you need to own a pet goat or even go on the “All Goat Diet.” I’m just hear to pass along a flavorful recipe with some useful information.

I think this is a great appetizer that has the unique tartness of goat cheese. Fresh goat cheese is similar to cream cheese in texture and taste (although a little tarter). Most people refuse to try this healthy form of diary because they aren’t used to it. Well, read on, I’ve provided a few interesting tid-bits that just might change your mind.

Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized, it forms a soft curd when compared to cow’s milk, and therefore aids in digestion and absorption. Certain studies have indicated that a regular intake of goat’s milk may maintain lean body mass and improved skeletal mineralization, as well as increased vitamins and hemoglobin in human blood. Another medicinal property of goat milk is it’s higher in medium chain fatty acids, which play an important role in reducing mal-absorption syndrome, steatorrhea, chyluria, cholesterol, galls stones, and some forms of child epilepsy.

I’m not trying to sell you snake oil by any means, most importantly I’m not making claims that this cures cancer, prevents impotence, solves violence, or cures stupidity. I’m merely mentioning some associated health benefits to consuming goat milk. Hopefully the information provided will coax you into trying this deliciously healthy food. .

Difficulty (Scale from 1-10): 4

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs

1 tablespoon of Romano cheese

salt – to taste

black pepper – to taste

2 extra large eggs – beaten

8 ounce package of fresh goat cheese – sliced into 8 (1 ounce) slices

1/4 – 1/3 cup of olive oil

16 slices of Italian bread – cut to twice the diameter of the cheese slices – toasted

Preparation

Mix together flavored bread crumbs, Romano cheese, salt – to taste, and black pepper – to taste. Place in a flat dish capable of containing the mixture and put aside.

Place beaten eggs in a small bowl for dipping. Coat both sides of goat cheese slices with the egg mixture. Next, place egg dipped cheese into bread crumb mixture coating top and bottom; then place on a dish lined with wax paper. Repeat the same steps for the remaining slices of cheese and then place dish in the freezer for 15 minutes or until cheese firms-up.

Place oil in a skillet so it is 1/8 inch deep, then heat on medium-high setting. When oil begins to shimmer, remove cheese from freezer and place all of the cheese in skillet. Fry cheese until bread crumbs turn golden brown, then carefully turn over and fry the other side the same way, then remove cheese from skillet.

Immediately after removing cheese from skillet, place cheese between 2 slices of toasted bread and press bread together. Repeat for the remaining cheese, then serve warm.

Enjoy your appetizer!

Face Of Jesus Appears In Pancakes And Toast

These days when it comes to Jesus appearing in breakfast food, you have to have more faith than ever. Specifically, you need faith that some clever eBay profiteer hasn’t purposefully anointed the Anointed One on a piece of toast or a pancake just to make a buck.

In early February 2006, Mike Thompson of Beachwood, Ohio claimed that the visage of Jesus appeared on a pancake he’d made while preparing breakfast for his family. Thompson was paraphrased by News Channel 5 of Cleveland, Ohio as saying the image the Lord’s face was a sign from above.

He posted the alleged Holy Pancake on eBay with an opening bid of $500. The bidding reached $14,999.00 before the listing was removed for violating eBay’s listing rules.

There is no evidence to suggest that eBay removed the listing because it was fraudulent. Still, internet message boards ran rampant with accusations that it was Thompson, and not God, who created the image on the pancake.

“This is a scam and this guy is a fraud,” read one post.

“Looks more like Osama Bin Laden to me,” read another.

One poster joked, “Maybe he has a Jesus fry pan that has an image embedded in the metal so everything cooked will have Jesus on it.”

But that joke may be on us. The Jesus Pan is real.

“Jesus Pan is made from durable steel and topped with a non-stick coating.”

The marketing text on JesusPan.com advertises a pan with an uplifted impression of Jesus that “puts the image of Jesus right on food.”

Is it possible that Thompson’s Jesus pancake was a marketing ploy for the Jesus Pan? It’s obvious that the people at JesusPan.com are aware of the reach of eBay. The site says, “Holy images have been popping up all over… A grilled cheese sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary sold for over 17-hundred dollars on eBay.”

The most impressive evidence that the Thompson pancake may have been created by the Jesus Pan comes from MrBreakfast.com. The site created a computer overlay of the Thompson pancake and compared it to the Jesus Pan impression. While not definitive proof, the dimensions of Jesus in the pancake are striking similar to the imprint on the pan. However, a cross emblazoned on the lower right of the pan beneath Jesus does not appear on the pancake.

When the Thompson’s listing resurfaced on eBay after the rules violation, the description sounded strangely commercial. “Sorry, the official “Jesus Pancake” was pulled for a listing infraction… I had 150,000 hits and the bidding was up to $15,000. Thank you VERY MUCH for your support! I have been encouraged to put the pancake back up so we’ll start at $15,000.”

Shortly after the Thompson Jesus pancake made headlines, imitators emerged. On February 14th, a 33 year old blogger from Newcastle, U.K. by the name of “ILuvNUFC” announced that he’d discovered the kisser of Jesus on a pancake that he’d made. Unlike Thompson, “ILuvNUFC” admitted that the face might not be that of Jesus. He noted that it also resembled the mug of porno actor Ron Jeremy. Be it Jesus or Ron Jeremy, he noted in his blog that he was ready to make money on eBay. The Thompson pancake itself may be a copycat of sorts. A week before the Holy Pancake appeared unto him, it was announced that Juan Patrano of Prairie Lea, Texas found the face of Jesus in a frying pan he was washing. Interestingly, Patrano was washing the pan with the intention of cooking his mother breakfast. Describing himself as a religious man, Patrano said he is also considering selling his discovery on eBay.

In December of 2005, cooks at the Stadium Club Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL found their Jesus on the bottom of a large pan used to heat water. They said that the pan had recently been used to warm nacho cheese containers and it’s presumed that scorched nacho cheese and mineral deposits from the restaurant’s water combined to form the face of the Messiah. Plans to sell the pan on eBay have yet to be announced.

Perhaps the most famous food-related sighting of religious symbolism in recent times is a likeness of the Virgin Mary that appeared on a grilled cheese sandwich. Florida resident Diana Duyser discovered the image after she’d taken a bite from the sandwich. For 10 years, Duyser kept the partially eaten Holy Sandwich in a clear plastic box on her night stand. In 2004, she sold the sandwich on eBay to GoldenPalace.com, an Internet casino, for $28,000. GoldenPalace.com is the same company that made another well-publicized purchase. They bought William Shatner’s Kidney Stone.

When Religious icons begin appearing in breakfast food, there are several ways to make money. Threadless.com offers t-shits designs with Jesus on toast and the Virgin Mary on pancakes. One clever eBay seller is selling a piece of toast adorned with an image of Jesus on a pancake.

Would you like to make your own Jesus breakfast item without having to buy a special pan? Just check out the article “Your Own Personal Jesus Toast” by Eric Gillin. Available on blacktable.com, Gillin offers step-by-step instructions to paint Jesus on toast by strategically placing butter on bread and grilling it. Unfortunately, Gillin’s Lord resembles Kenny from Comedy Central’s South Park more than the Lamb of God. But these days, even a short Jesus in a parka should garner some “bread” from a well-timed online auction.

Does God place images of His relatives and friends on toast and pancakes? We may never know until we have a chance to ask Him. If there is a God that has His hands in the workings of the universe, we know this: events have conspired to lead us to talk about religion and breakfast. Beyond all the profiteering and sacrilege, there may be a very important message: Pay attention to your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.

UPDATE: THE THOMPSON JESUS PANCAKE IS FRAUDULENT

On March 2nd, 2006, this article was initially posted on MrBreakfast.com. The following day, MrBreakfast received a reply to an inquiry sent to JesusPan.com. The email read, “Sorry for the delay in responding I HAVE BEEN SWAMPED! Yes this is the product that created the JesusPancake!” The note was signed by Mike Thompson.

Recipe For One – Vanilla French Toast

My daughter has always loved French toast. She puts both peanut butter and syrup on it when it’s done. I’d like to share with you how I make vanilla French toast for one.

Depending on the size of the bread slices, I use two or three pieces of bread. When I was a kid, I used to love French toast with cinnamon raisin bread. Today, one of my favorite breads is challah. It can be cut thick and it already has the egg taste to it.

Now it’s time to coat the bread with your batter. We have used egg substitute just once and I had to throw away the French toast. There was no way to get the egg product to cook once it had soaked into the bread. We ended up slow cooking the bread and still the middle of the bread was soggy and wet. Instead, I use two egg whites and one egg yolk. I like the one yolk for color and for consistency when beating the eggs. I’ve heard of people using the reverse, two yolks and one white. I prefer fewer calories and fewer cholesterol. If I’m making a larger batch of French toast, I’ll even use three egg whites to one egg yolk.

Many people add in one to two tablespoons of milk. We use non-fat milk in my house and it’s so thin that I just don’t use milk in my French toast batter. Depending on how much vanilla flavor you want, add in between 1/2 and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Not all brands of vanilla are created equally. Some are much stronger than others. Base your measurements off of how strong your vanilla is.

If you like the taste of cinnamon, add in a pinch of cinnamon. While I do not add salt to my batter, many people also add in a pinch of salt. Whisk this all together and then dunk your bread. We do not like a soggy middle so we quickly dunk the bread just enough to coat the outside and then fry. Other people will allow the bread to soak up the batter for fifteen minutes. This leaves the bread a bit soggy in the middle when you’re done cooking the French toast.

I use butter flavored cooking spray. I very generously coat the frying pan and then add the bread. I flip it twice. The generous coating of butter spray helps in browning and crisping the edges of the bread.

If you use real butter for frying, allow the butter to brown a bit and then add your bread. Your bread will have a beautiful golden brown color around the edges when done.

As I mentioned above, my daughter likes peanut butter and syrup on her French toast. I prefer a sugar free maple syrup. Others top with fresh fruits and even fruit preserves.

It’s very easy to cook for one, and this is a wonderful hot breakfast that many people enjoy.