Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fried Goat Cheese

While reading a favorite blog, the author mentioned frying up rounds of goat cheese to use as salad toppers. I was immediately drawn to this idea - imagining a crispy exterior giving way to a creamy, warm, gooey, cheese interior.

These are extremely simple to make and surpassed my expectations in flavor and texture. I tossed some greens in a simple dressing, added a few sliced beets, then topped each salad with 2 rounds of cheese. As you break the crust, warm cheese oozes out, taking the salad from good to O.M.G! Justin and I gobbled our salads in silence.

I made the rounds slightly larger then a quarter. Each was about a tablespoon of cheese patted into rounds. Each round is dipped in beaten egg then rolled in bread crumbs. I used pre-seasoned bread crumbs, but homemade crumbs or even panko would be great. Plan at least two rounds per person, plus an extra for the cook. :)

(These would fancy up a Valentine's Day dinner!)
Fried Goat Cheese Rounds
1/2 cup or more goat cheese, depending on number you are making
small handful fresh herbs, minced
 1 egg, beaten
1/2 or more breadcrumbs (if using homemade I would add a bit of salt or herbs)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Shape goat cheese rounds. Roll in fresh herbs.
2. Dip rounds into egg then coat in bread crumbs.
3. Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Fry each round about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Serve hot.

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  1. How fun! I just found your blog…I'll be following! Yummy;)

  2. Fried goat cheese? This could be quite possibly my new favorite food :) LOVE It on a salad, great idea! I can't wait to get some goat cheese & try this!

  3. This looks wonderful! I love goat cheese (who doesn't?) and we have been eating lots of beets recently. I'm going to bookmark this one so I can show my SO (he does all of the cooking). Thanks:)

  4. Guess what? We tried the goat cheese rounds tonight! We had a leek/onion tart and a simple salad (spinach and carrots) with the cheese rounds on top. Yummy! It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe:) I will try to post some pictures on my blog sometime soon.