Fried Goat Cheese Balls


Fried Goat Cheese Balls

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    Freeze these cheese balls before frying so they’re extra firm. Then deep-fry them in a single layer, turning as needed to form a rich golden-brown crust. You can also add fresh herbs to the filling.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 25
    1 (4 oz) log Hy-Vee Select natural fresh goat cheese, softened
    ½ (8 oz) pkg Hy-Vee cream cheese, softened
    ½ tsp. orange zest
    ½ c. Hy-Vee dried cranberries, chopped
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee chopped walnuts, toasted
    1 Hy-Vee large egg
    1 c. Hy-Vee club soda
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee cornstarch
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    2 c. Hy-Vee panko bread crumbs
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
    Orange slices and strips of peel, for garnish

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      1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
      2. In a medium bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese and orange zest. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm.
      3. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and club soda. Gradually whisk in flour, cornstarch and salt. Spread panko crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip cheese balls in egg batter; coat in panko. Repeat dipping and coating. Return cheese balls to baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes or until firm.
      4. In a large saucepan or deep-fat fryer, heat 2 inches vegetable oil to 365 degrees. Working in batches, fry cheese balls about 2 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
      5. Transfer cheese balls to a platter. If desired, garnish with orange slices and strips of peel. Serve warm.
      6. Make-Ahead Tip: Place fried cheese balls on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200-degree oven.
      7. *Note: Nutrition is based off of recipe before frying*

      Nutrition facts


      80 Calories per serving

      Amounts Per Serving

      • Total Fat: 3.5g
      • Cholesterol: 15mg
      • Sodium: 75mg
      • Total Carbohydrates: 10g
      • Protein: 2g

      Daily Values

      Vitamin A 4%
      Vitamin C 0%
      Iron 2%
      Calcium 4%

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      Hy-Vee Seasons Holiday 2016.