Fried Goat Cheese Croutons Recipe

Goats cheese on maturing rack
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Makes 8 (8 servings)

These "croutons" are a fantastic way to turn that boring salad into something very special. Goat cheese has a delicious tanginess that is even more intense when warmed.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces goat cheese (the firm type, sold in logs)
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup ​panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (more or less for deep frying)

How to Make It

  1. Cut the goat cheese into 8 equal sized cubes. Dust the cheese lightly with the cayenne and black pepper.
  2. Mix the egg and milk together in a bowl. Gently toss the cheese in the egg until thoroughly coated.
  3. Roll the cheese in the panko until completely covered. Press the crumbs gently into the surface.
  4. Once thoroughly coated with crumbs, transfer to the freezer for at least 1 hour before frying.
  5. Fill a large saucepan with 4 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 350 F.
  1. Fry the cheese cubes for 3 to 4 minutes, or until well browned. The cheese should soft, but not completely liquefied.
  2. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain briefly.
  3. Serve the croutons warm over any tossed salad.