Chef’s Corner - Smoky goat’s cheese panini

This goat’s cheese panini with smoked bacon and red onion marmalade is my favourite lunch.

This goat’s cheese panini with smoked bacon and red onion marmalade is my favourite lunch.

Goat’s cheese is a wonderfully versatile product.

It’s also great for eczema sufferers. It’s much better for your skin than cow’s milk, and it really has a fantastic flavour and is very versatile.

For me it’s at its best when you cook it with some other little treasures.

At the Moat Cafe in Naas, we like to cook it with some other little treasures - such as goats cheese and Parma ham scones.

But for this panini, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3... (quantities below per person)

To make your red onion marmalade, finely chop a red onion. Cook it in a little butter and a sprinkling of sugar until it softens. Add a dash of vinegar and leave to one side. If you make it in larger quantities, you can store it in jars in the fridge and it keeps really well.

Then grill two slices of smoked bacon with the rind on for the best flaviour. Once cooked, remove the rind - it’s a great little treat for the birds if you cut it up small enough.

Place all your marmalade, bacon and some goat’s cheese in a bowl and gently mix.

Then fill your panini and grill for two to three minutes.

This is great with a little pasta salad or a green salad with a balsamic dressing. It’s also great fun to watch the children make this type of simple sandwich - and even more so when you know they will eat it because they made it!

Happy Cooking! Chris

Remember our resident chef is at the Moat Cafe in the Moat Theatre in Naas, Monday to Saturday, 8.15pm to 5pm - so pop in and see him and he’ll be glad to answer any of your cookery question, as well as having a wide selection of homemade goodies for you to taste.

For more, log on to www.thechefcentreofireland.com

Chef Chris Sandford, who runs the Moat Cafe at the Moat Theatre in Naas, writes the weekly Chef’s Corner column in the Leinster Leader