I only need one word to describe these…. AMAZING! I’ve been so good with my diet lately that I felt it was time to have a bit of indulgence to stay motivated. I had come across these the other day while browsing recipes and knew I had to try them. In our house we don’t often have goat cheese because my husband claims he is allergic…. though I am not sure if I believe him or if this is one of those allergies that comes around out of convenience for not wanting to eat a specific food. I have only had it a handful of times, and always enjoyed it, but one time stands out in my mind as noteworthy and that was the time in Tahiti that I had it deep fried…. OMG! I have to say these are as good if not better than those were with the addition of the buffalo sauce. Each gorgeous ball is packed with perfect balance of tang, creaminess, crunch, and heat!
I have a pretty sketchy track record when it comes to breading and frying things…. more often than not I lose all my breading in the pan. It usually ends up fine, at least as far as taste, but darn it if it doesn’t look terrible! This is the most successful I have ever been with breading and it was so easy. I think the cheese is the perfect soft/sticky for the breading to stick, and by double breading it allowed for a nice thick coating. Because you are frying soft cheese I would recommend getting your oil fairly hot before you start since this is not something you want to cook for very long or you will get cheese escaping out the sides. I went with medium-high heat, and once I put them in (working with only three at a time so I could really watch them closely) I only needed to fry them for maybe a minute total before they were nice and brown. I just carefully rolled them around with a slotted spoon so that they cooked evenly and avoided spilling out the sides from staying on one side too long. My advice is just to watch very closely. Another bit of advice…. the original recipe which I halved called for me to use a cup of panko crumbs for my breading and I probably used less than half of that which then leaves the rest wasted. I understand wanting enough to be able to roll them around in, but if you would prefer not to waste so much start with half of it and see how much you can coat before adding the rest to your dish.
These would be a fantastic appetizer to serve for any party, but I am thinking especially for the superbowl. They really are easy to make, and once you get them all prepped, cook in very little time at all. I think a fresh veggie tray with ranch would be the perfect accompanying appetizer for these, and with that you also have the perfect vegetarian spread as long as they are ok with the eggs anyway.
Buffalo Fried Goat Cheese
Makes : about 12 Time to make : 15 minutes
- 4 oz. log of soft goat cheese
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs (see note above)
- 3 cups vegetable oil, for frying (I didn’t measure, but just put about a half inch in the bottom of my skillet and I used canola oil)
- 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Wings sauce
- Cut off 1/2 inch slices from your goat cheese log and roll them into balls.
- Roll cheese ball into egg mixture, taking care to evenly coat the entire thing before then rolling into a dish of the panko very gently pressing into the crumbs to help them stick. Roll in egg mixture again carefully and then into the crumbs a second time. Repeat with all the cheese balls before you start frying.
- Heat oil over medium heat, and test before you start frying your cheese balls by dropping in a piece of breading. It should float and bubble. Carefully drop a few balls into the pan and gently roll them around with a spoon for a short time (maybe a minute or so depending on how hot your oil was) until they are a nice even golden brown. Read above for a more detailed tip on this.
- Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the extra oil.
- Toss your fried cheese balls in the wings sauce gently and serve warm on a bed of greens.
Recipe from a Bitter Sweet Wife