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Sizzling Cheese Salad

Golden-brown cheese patties are fabulous served with any combination of crisp greens, such as arugula, spinach or even cabbage.—Cleo Martinez-Gonske, Redding, California


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Gjetost cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • SALAD:
  • 5 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup pitted ripe olives
  • 5 tomato wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Toasted pita wedges, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and Gjetost cheese until blended. Shape into ten 1-in. balls; flatten into 1-1/2-in. patties.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. In another shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, sesame seeds, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip cheese in egg mixture, then cornmeal mixture. In a large skillet, cook cheese patties in butter in batches for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, arrange the salad greens, olives and tomatoes on a serving platter. Whisk the oils, vinegar, onions, mustard and seasonings; drizzle over salad. Place cheese patties over the top. Serve immediately with pita wedges if desired.
Editor's Note: Gjetost is a soft, caramely Norwegian cheese. For a variation, substitute 1 cup shredded Parmesan and 1 teaspoon sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 418 calories, 36g fat (15g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • misscleocat
    Nov 15, 2011

    I was just wondering why if you couldn't find the ingredients or fix the recipe the way it is specified (TOH made and liked) that you would give any kind of negitive feedback

  • RGILBmom
    Nov 10, 2011

    This was so good and easy. My husband was even able to fix this!

  • masten01
    Oct 7, 2011

    Made it last night. This recipe really needs better instructions on the cheese type and on 'browning' the patties. I couldn't find Gjetost cheese, so the person at the specialty cheese section recommended substituting a combination of smoked gouda and cave aged gruyere. It was a disaster in my pan - the patties melted all over the skillet and it turned into a giant blob that could not be re-habbed. My hubs was nice about it, but asked, please, don't try it again! Now that I know that Gjetost is a GOAT cheese, I see why the gouda/gruyere melted into a big mess. Would have helped to know that before I bought the ingredients.

  • Marjade
    Oct 6, 2011

    No comment left

  • annsway1
    Oct 6, 2011

    OMG this is wonderful. I probably wouldn't have taken the time to make it but I'm retired. Its well worth the time and effort!

  • reindeergal
    Oct 6, 2011

    Sounds good. Here's what I found on the cheese:Brunost (Norwegian), or mesost (Swedish), mysuostur (Icelandic) or myseost (Danish) is a brown Scandinavian whey cheese. The Norwegian name brunost means brown cheese. In North America a variant with goat milk is referred to and sold as gjetost (Norwegian for goat cheese)

  • jplachy
    Oct 6, 2011

    Gjetost is a type of Norweigan goat cheese, I would guess if you couldn't find it you could just use goat cheese. I personally have never seen it in the stores myself.

  • plytmkutr
    Oct 6, 2011

    What is Gjetost cheese and if I can't find it what is a good substitute?

  • albertagran
    Oct 10, 2010

    Sounds delicious. Can hardly wait to make it. Thanks.