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This fried goat cheese recipe is a delicious, melt in your mouth appetizer that’s surprisingly easy to make. If you’re looking for delicious recipes for your next get-together, this one will be a hit for sure!
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I’m all about the appetizers! In fact, they may just be my favorite food group. The best part is that they’re as fun to make as they are to eat!
Fried Goat Cheese
I’ve always been a fan of creamy goat cheese and my girlfriends and I used to order this delicious appetizer at our favorite restaurant. When I moved a state away, I realized that if I wanted fried goat cheese ever again, I’d have to learn to make it myself.
Luckily, it didn’t take long for me to realize that making this goat cheese recipe wasn’t going to be nearly as complicated as I’d expected! With just a few ingredients, I could make this easy appetizer for a party or just a fun night at home. If you like goat cheese salad, it’s perfect for that too!
- 6 oz goat cheese
- 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp each salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Marinara sauce or honey for dipping
How To Make Fried Goat Cheese
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a 6 ounce goat cheese log into 12 pieces. Use the palms of your hands to shape each piece of goat cheese into a ball. Place on the baking sheet and freeze for about 10 minutes (this will keep them firm while you coat them).
3. Place flour into a small bowl and beaten eggs into a second bowl. These will be for your egg wash. Then fill a separate bowl with panko bread crumbs.
4. Dredge the goat cheese balls in flour, dip into the egg, then roll in the Panko crumbs until covered.
5. Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat (or use your deep fryer). I prefer olive oil but you can also use vegetable oil or canola oil. Once the oil is hot, cook 3-4 balls at a time.
Be sure to turn them frequently so that they are evenly cooked on all side. Once they reach golden perfection, remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
6. Place your fried goat cheese balls on a serving platter, garnish with fresh herbs or parsley and serve hot.
Not only are these goat cheese bites easy to make but they tasted SO good! The warm cheese covered in Panko totally just melts in your mouth!
When I first started making these at home, I’d serve them with marinara. That was how we’d eaten them at the restaurant and why mess with a good thing, right?
But the next time I made these, I discovered just how amazing fried goat cheese tastes with a drizzle of honey!
Honey gives this appetizer a completely different taste and the sweetness really brings out the flavor of the goat cheese!
Honestly, I can’t decide on a favorite. Both flavors taste delish and got rave reviews from my friends. Pair them with a glass of red wine and they taste even better!
You could even make a dipping station and experiment with other sauces…maybe a little balsamic vinegar?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you freeze goat cheese balls to fry later?
Yes, instead of freezing them for 10 minutes, store them in a freezer bag and save them until you’re ready to make the recipe.
Can you air fry goat cheese?
You can! While I don’t have an air fryer, I’ve found plenty of goat cheese recipes online that are made with an air fryer. I might need to break down and get one!
Can you eat fried goat cheese while pregnant?
The answer is…it depends! According to an article on Healthline.com, most are goat cheeses are fine but there are a few to avoid. Of course, the best bet is always to ask your doctor.
- Slice goat cheese into 12 pieces
- Use the palms of your hands to roll cheese into balls. Place on wax paper and put in freezer for approx. 5 minutes. This will make it stay firm for the next steps.
- Mix Panko crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Dredge goat cheese balls in flour, dip in egg then roll in Panko crumbs
- Heat oil on medium high and gently drop in the goat cheese
- Turn as they cook so they'll cook evenly. Remove from oil when they are a golden brown.
- Take out of the oil and place on a paper towel for a minute or two to absorb any extra oil.
- Serve hot with honey and/or marinara sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
It’s still so hard to decide on a favorite though but either way these goat cheese poppers are delish! How would you serve them? Do you prefer them on their own or as part of a simple salad?
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