Italian Goat Cheese Balls


Italian Goat Cheese Balls

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A basket full of fried goat-cheese balls on a white-and-red-checkered paper on a yellow background.

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    Fried goat cheese balls are always a hit, no matter the occasion. With just a few ingredients, you'll have a delicious appetizer in no time. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    2 (4-oz.) pkg. Montchevre plain goat cheese
    2 Hy-Vee large eggs, lightly beaten
    1 c. Hy-Vee Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
    Fresh chives, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Tray
    • Small bowl
    • Medium bowl
    • Deep-fat fryer or large heavy saucepan suitable for deep-fat frying
    • Paper towels


    1. Roll goat cheese into 16 balls. Place balls on a tray; freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. 

    2. Place eggs in small bowl. Combine bread crumbs and salt in medium bowl. Remove goat cheese balls from freezer. Dip balls, one at a time, into eggs; shake off excess. Evenly coat with bread crumb mixture. Repeat process of dipping balls into eggs and coating with bread crumb mixture' return to tray. Freeze for 30 minutes. 

    3. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep-fat fryer or large heavy saucepan suitable for deep-fat frying. Follow instructions for quantity of oil in deep-fat fryer. For heavy saucepan, use at least 2 inches of oil. Line a baking sheet with paper towels; set aside. 

    4. Fry coated goat cheese balls in batches for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with fresh chives, if desired. Serve warm. 

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Nutrition facts cannot be accurately calculated for fried foods.
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