These perfectly fried goat cheese balls are the best shareable appetizer. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, this tasty goat cheese appetizer is served with an arrabiata sauce for dipping! For a quick overview of this recipe, check out my web story for fried goat cheese!
When I used to live in the Chicago area, there was this little tapas restaurant that my husband and I used to frequent. They served fried goat cheese fritters that were bite sized and drizzled with honey. Once I had these tasty morsels, I knew I had to try and make them at home. I have been making fried goat cheese for years, but have now come up with the perfect sauce to go along with it!
🧀 Ingredient notes
- Goat cheese - Use plain soft goat cheese that comes in a log, not the crumbles.
- Arrabiata dip - Arrabiata in Italian means "angry". It's a spicy take on traditional marinara sauce using crushed chili or red pepper flakes. This sauce is reduced down to a thicker consistency and goes perfectly on top of the crispy and creamy goat cheese balls.
🔪 Step by step instructions
First, saute the garlic and red pepper flakes in oil for a few minutes until the garlic just starts to turn brown.
Stir in the tomatoes and reduce the heat to low. Allow the mixture to simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring and mashing the tomatoes occasionally. The sauce should be thick and reduced by about half.
While the sauce is simmering, prepare the goat cheese balls. Scramble eggs with water in one dish and then add the breadcrumbs to another. Take about 1 teaspoon of the goat cheese and roll it into small bite sized balls. Repeat with the remaining goat cheese. Working in small batches, roll the balls into the egg, then breadcrumbs, and then repeat so the balls have all been breaded twice.
Once they are all breaded, put them in the freezer on a sheet pan for 5-10 minutes while you heat your oil.
While goat cheese balls are in the freezer, add vegetable oil into a deep-sided pan or pot so it is about 1-2 inches deep. Heat oil on the stovetop to approximately 325˚ - 350˚. Working in small batches, add goat cheese to the hot oil and fry for 15-20 seconds until they are crispy and lightly browned. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining goat cheese balls.
Serve fried goat cheese balls at room temperature with arrabiata dip.
⭐ Top tip
When frying the goat cheese, be careful not to overcrowd the pan. If there are too many balls in the pan, it will bring down the temperature of the oil and they won't fry as quickly. This will cause them to get soggy and crack open.Print
- Honey - Use regular breadcrumbs instead of seasoned ones and then drizzle them in honey for a sweeter version of this dish
- Balsamic - Drizzle the goat cheese with balsamic vinegar instead of serving them with the arrabiata dip
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