Do you ever crave that perfect combination of crispy and creamy? Look no further than fried goat cheese balls, a delightful dish that brings together the rich, tangy flavor of goat cheese with a satisfyingly crunchy exterior.
Fried goat cheese balls have the ability to elevate any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, a game night, or just treating yourself to a culinary adventure at home, these little morsels are sure to steal the spotlight. Their bite-sized nature also makes them a fantastic addition to cheese boards, bringing a touch of gourmet flair to casual gatherings.
Can you fry goat cheese?
You sure can. The process of frying transforms the goat cheese into a delectable treat, creating a contrast between the crispy shell and the soft, creamy interior. The result? An explosion of flavors and textures that is simply irresistible.
What do I need to make fried goat cheese balls?
For this cheesy appetizer, you’ll need:
- Goat cheese
- All-purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Frying oil
- Honey or jam for serving
How do I make fried goat cheese?
To make fried goat cheese:
- Roll the goat cheese into small balls.
- Set up a breading station: put flour in one small bowl and whisk the milk and egg together in another bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs with the seasonings and put them in a third small bowl.
- Roll a cheese ball in flour, then swirl it in the egg mixture. Shake off the excess, then roll the ball in the panko mixture. Repeat with all the goat cheese.
- Freeze the goat cheese balls in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat a pot of oil to 360°F and line a plate with paper towels.
- Fry the goat cheese balls in small batches for 1-2 minutes. Move to the lined plate to drain and cool. Serve warm!
Do I really have to freeze the goat cheese balls before frying them?
Yes—be sure not to skip this step! If you try to fry the goat cheese right after rolling it in the breadcrumbs, the coating will just slide right off. A trip to the freezer will help keep your fried goat cheese intact.
What condiment goes with goat cheese?
Fried goat cheese balls are versatile and can be served in various ways. They make for a delightful appetizer, especially when drizzled with honey or served with a little dish of jam for dipping. If you want a more savory appetizer, you could also try them with fresh marinara sauce.
Want to make your fried goat cheese into more of a meal? Try them over a bed of greens for a goat cheese balls salad.
Can I prep the goat cheese balls in advance?
You sure can! Prepare the goat cheese balls through the freezing step. Allow the balls to freeze solid, and then transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag or a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to one month. When ready to serve, you can fry the goat cheese balls directly from frozen.
How long does fried goat cheese last in the fridge?
Like most fried appetizers, fried goat cheese doesn’t reheat particularly well. We recommend frying only as many as you need for your party and eating immediately. Extra goat cheese balls can stay in the freezer for up to a month, until you are ready to fry up a fresh batch.