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Fried Goat Cheese Bites with Arrabbiata Dip

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x


Fried Goat Cheese Bites with Arrabbiata Dip is a great easy appetizer to share. These tasty morsels are best served with the zesty dip!



Arrabbiata Dip

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • pinch kosher salt

Fried Goat Cheese Fritters

  • 16 oz goat cheese (use log or round, not crumbles)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3-4 cups vegetable oil (for frying)


Arrabbiata Dip

  1. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté, stirring frequently for approximately 2-3 minutes, until garlic just starts to brown.
  2. Add in canned tomatoes and bring down heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring and mashing the tomatoes occasionally, until the tomatoes are cooked down and soft and the mixture is reduced by half. Mixture should be soft, thick and almost pasty in texture. Season with salt and let cool completely.

Fried Goat Cheese Fritters

  1. Using about a teaspoon of goat cheese at a time, roll into bite size balls that are all approximately the same size, approximately 60 balls. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs and water and scramble together. In another small bowl, add Italian breadcrumbs.
  3. Dip each goat cheese ball into the egg mixture and then the bread crumb mixture. This process should be repeated again, so that each ball has been dipped in egg and coated in bread crumbs twice. Place all of the dipped and coated goat cheese on a sheet pan once completed.
  4. Place sheet pan with goat cheese bites in the freezer for 5-10 minutes while you heat your oil.
  5. In deep sided sauté pan or pot, add vegetable oil so you have approximately 1-2 inches of oil in your pan or pot. Heat oil over medium high heat to 350°.
  6. Once oil has heated, remove goat cheese from the freezer and line a separate sheet pan with paper towels.
  7. Working in batches, add goat cheese bites to the hot oil and fry for approximately 30-60 seconds until just lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to move them around during this time to make sure they brown evenly.
  8. Remove immediately from hot oil with slotted spoon and place on sheet pan lined with paper towels to cool and drain. Repeat with remaining bites until all have been cooked. Serve with arrabbiata dip.
  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish


  • Calories: 327

Keywords: cheese, tomatoes

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