For the praline
- 75g/3oz hazelnuts
- Light olive oil
- 60g/21⁄2oz caster sugar
- 11⁄2 tbsp cold water
- Pinch of salt
For the salad
- 1 x 250g log of goat’s cheese, sliced into discs
- 250g/9oz lightly pickled or mildly malted baby beetroot, halved
- 150g/5oz ready-prepared fresh wild rocket
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6.
First make the praline. Arrange the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Tip into a bowl and set aside. Brush the tray with the olive oil and set aside. Melt the sugar with the water in a small frying pan over a low heat. When melted, bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes until it turns to a golden caramel, swirling in the pan occasionally (don’t stir). Add the hazelnuts and salt then mix well. Pour onto the oiled tray in a small pool and leave to cool. When cold and set, remove from the tray and chop roughly.
Arrange the goat’s cheese, beetroot and rocket in a serving bowl. Drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle over the praline and season with salt and black pepper.