A number of weeks ago I was watching some mind numbing reality television in the form of Vanderpump Rules (I wasn’t really watching, I was listening), and one of the characters (I mean cast members) was raving about Sur’s goat cheese balls.
Wait. What did she say? Goat cheese balls? There is such a thing?
Being the cheese enthusiast that I am I just had to investigate this. I couldn’t believe they existed!
So, I went to Pinterest and I Pinterested for a reference recipe.
I came across a tasty sounding recipe at And They Cooked Happily Ever After. I was so excited to try this out, and now that I have, I decided it might just be a great snack for a Super Bowl Party (even though I hate football and uh, I’m not attending any parties)!
You will need Panko crumbs, flour, sea salt, parsley, black pepper, an egg, thyme, garlic powder, goat cheese (of course), and a cooking oil.
Let me tell you though, this recipe took two tries. Not because it’s hard, it’s far from it–but because I accidentally used an old can of fried onions. Ew, gross. It’s a good thing I only used half the cheese the first time around! I also used extra virgin olive oil the first time.
Hint: Use coconut oil. It smells up the kitchen less due to a higher smoke point, and the cheese balls have a lighter taste.
First, get your Panko crumbs, crushed fried onions, herbs, and spices into a bowl and combine them. Also, crack the egg(s) and beat it in a separate bowl. In a third bowl, pour in your flour.
Then, slice your log of goat cheese into hunks like this. They should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Roll them into ball shapes. You can make the portions any size you like, it just depends how large you’d like your appetizers to be. Half of an 8 ounce log yielded about 13 for me total but they were a little larger than in the recipe I found initially.
Roll the cheese into balls and dredge them in the egg, then flour, egg again, and then the crumb mixture.
Add the oil to the frying pan and add your oil. Once the oil is sizzling, add in the cheese balls. Fry them until they are a nice golden brown color all around the outside.
And here we are! Scrumptious, smooth, flavorful goat cheese balls! They’re better than regular cheese balls, and your Super Bowl guests, or any guests, will love them. Next time I might try to come up with a dipping sauce to compliment. Something a little fruity maybe?
What kind of sauce would you pair with them? Comment below!