Thursday, April 2, 2020

Baked Goat Cheese Balls

These days we’re making walnut panko baked goat cheese balls! these honey drizzled crispy goat cheese bites are baked in preference to fried and make a terrifi appetizer and salad topper!

It’s one in every of my preferred cheeses this time of year when you consider that i can roll it into logs crowned with cranberries, walnuts, and pecans, stuff it into mushrooms drizzled with balsamic glaze, pipe it into tomatoes, and so. an awful lot. greater.

Baked Goat Cheese Balls
Baked Goat Cheese Balls

This creamy, dreamy, cheese is crazy flavorful and best for the appetizer-palooza that’s about to occur.

SERVING guidelines
There are a few tasty ways you can serve those baked goat cheese balls.

First up, they make an top notch salad topper! I certainly adore them on my Blueberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing as well as on my Strawberry Kale Salad with balsamic dressing. SO correct!

Baked Goat Cheese Balls

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup Italian panko breadcrumbs (panko with Italian blend seasoning mixed in)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (8 oz) goat cheese logs
  • honey for drizzling
  • spray olive oil as needed

EXTRAS:

  • parchment paper
  • large baking sheet
  • wire cooling rack (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut goat cheese logs into 8-12 portions each (16-24 total) and roll into balls. 
  2. Finely chop and crush your walnuts until it resembles a coarse flour. You can do this with a rolling pin or wine bottle and a plastic bag or use a food processor to mince 'em up.
  3. Combine walnuts with panko in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk well.
  5. Working one at a time, dip the goat cheese balls into the whisked egg then into the panko bowl. Roll/sprinkle until coated on all sides.
  6. Place panko goat cheese balls spaced on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate and freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 465 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the goat cheese balls on top of the parchment and spray with olive oil. This will help them get crispy and golden.
  8. Place on the center rack and bake for 8 minutes. Depending on your oven's efficiency, check the balls at the 6-minute mark and keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  9. Once fresh from the oven use a spatula to transfer to a plate or cutting board to cool. Leaving them on the hot baking sheet can make them melt.  You can also try to lift the entire sheet of parchment and place on top of a cooling rack. They’ll slide around a bit when lifted, but with care the whole tray can be transferred crazy quick this way!
  10. Allow to cool slightly, then drizzle with honey before serving. Enjoy as part of a tasty appetizer spread or with your favorite salad!

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