Honey goat cheese balls are irresistible! Crispy on the outside. Creamy on the inside. These easy tapas are the best holiday appetizers. They’re also perfect game-day food!
- 10.5-ounce log soft goat cheese
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1–2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- Canola oil or vegetable oil, for frying
- 1/4 cup honey, for drizzling
- Minced fresh Italian parsley, for garnishing
HOW TO MAKE CHEESE BALLS
RECIPE PREP: Add flour to a shallow bowl. Add Panko crumbs to another bowl. Put them aside.
- Slice the log of goat cheese into 24 pieces. The size and shape doesn’t need to be perfect! Roll each piece into a ball.
- Beat the egg in a shallow bowl. Roll the goat cheese balls in flour. Dip them in the egg. Dredge them in the Panko crumbs. Transfer coated balls to a baking tray, leaving space between the pieces.
- Freeze for 20 minutes or until firm.
- On stovetop, heat 1 to 2 inches of oil in a large skillet. Fry the goat cheese balls in batches. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, rotating the balls until golden and crisp on all sides. Transfer cooked balls to lined baking tray. Let them sit and drain on the paper towels for at least a minute.
- Arrange the fried cheese balls on a small serving plate. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with Italian parsley. Serve warm.
COOKING TIP: These goat cheese balls crisp up quickly! Some are done in just 45 seconds. To prevent over-browning, fry no more than 3 to 6 balls at a time. Work quickly to rotate the balls then remove them from the pan.
- HOW TO SLICE GOAT CHEESE: It’s soft, crumbly, breaks into pieces, and can get a bit messy. Use a sharp knife. Vertically slice the log in half, then slice off small chunks. Or take unflavored dental floss and cut straight down.
- HOW TO ELEVATE THE FLAVOR: Add fresh herbs to the filling. Mix the cheese with rosemary and thyme. Or add one of the following: basil, chives, dill or tarragon. Add a sprinkling of minced shallot to the mixture.
- HOW TO SERVE FRIED GOAT CHEESE: Pair these tapas with crusty bread, flatbread or crackers. Serve on a charcuterie board with olives, figs, apple slices, grapes, pecans, prosciutto, and an assortment of sliced cheeses.
- WINE PAIRING TIPS: Serve honey goat cheese balls Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Chardonnay. These tapas pair beautifully with Albarino, a Spanish white wine that’s clean and crisp with delicious citrus flavor.
- SALAD CROUTONS: Honey goat cheese is a perfect topping for salads! Make slightly smaller cheese balls for bite-size croutons.
- HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE: Use gluten-free flour and gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs.
- MAKE-AHEAD RECIPE: Assemble goat cheese balls. Place uncooked tapas on a baking tray with room between the pieces. Freeze 1 hour or until frozen solid. Transfer balls to a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month.
- Prep Time: 20 Minutes
- Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Goat Cheese Balls, Fried Cheese Balls, Honey Goat Cheese, Fried Goat Cheese, Tapas