Have You Ever Tried Goat Cheese?
If you watch any of the "Real Housewives" series' spinoffs, you have probably heard of "Vanderpump Rules." It's a show about the waiters of Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant SUR. Of course, they talk about the food, and their most popular item is the goat cheese ball appetizer. I had to try this, but I wasn't about to book a trip to L.A. for goat cheese.
That was months ago, and I have now perfected my own goat cheese ball recipe. I had been promising my dad that I'd make him this delicious snack, and he finally got to try them at Thanksgiving. They were a hit with him and everyone else. I have been informed that this is what I must now bring to all holiday events. My recipe is posted below.
- 1-pound log of room-temperature goat cheese (whatever type you like)
- 2 eggs
- Panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 465F.
- Prepare three separate, small bowls - 1 with flour, 1 with eggs (whisked, egg wash), 1 with bread crumbs.
- Pull apart pieces of goat cheese and roll into each piece into a small ball (should end up being about 24 pieces).
- Once all of the cheese is rolled, coat with flour, then egg wash, then bread crumbs. I use a fork to help keep the mess to a minimum when transferring goat cheese to-and-from each bowl.
- Place coated goat cheese balls on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes (this helps the cheese from becoming too melty when baking).
- Remove from the freezer, and bake for 8 minutes.
- Drizzle with honey (to taste), and serve immediately.
This is a recipe that you can have fun with! You can experiment by adding crushed walnuts to the bread crumbs, adding spices, you can even fry the goat cheese instead of baking it, the possibilities are endless. And don't worry about precise measurements. What is your favorite appetizer?