Hello perfect Superbowl snack!
Or salad topper (um, I totally did this for dinner last night! Buffalo fried goat cheese, buffalo chicken, avocado, french fries, broccoli. Oh and ya know lettuce + spinach!), or quick bite from the fridge, or as a compliment to your Sunday morning eggs or even as a late night cheese craving!
This buffalo fried goat cheese is goooood. Like really, really good. I mean they’re fried goat cheese, rolled int buffalo sauce. And it’s not just goat cheese in those cute little balls of deliciousness. Nope, I added just a tiny bit of blue cheese crumbles because in my opinion you can’t do anything buffalo without some blue cheese! But, if for some crazy reason blue cheese is not your thing don’t worry, it is totally optional. Oh and the best part – they’re not really fried! Nope, I baked those suckers to golden cheesy perfection! So you know, you don’t have to feel so bad about eating straight cheese (I mean cheese has it’s place on the food pyramid) and buffalo sauce (great for keeping colds…and flu at bay)!
When I was making these I had one thought in mind………Superbowl Sunday!
Yes, I know, the Superbowl is not until February 3rd, but with the holidays over, the Superbowl is the next best thing! Gotta have something to look forward to, you know!
But in all honesty, I know absolutely nothing about football! Well, except the fact that the Denver Bronco’s just had a huge upset last night. I mean, what the heck they were the number one seed in the NFL…crazy! Guess I know a little more than I thought – to many guys (I am talking family) in my life!
Anyway, the Superbowl means lots of bite size foods and a whole lot of buffalo sauce. Oh, and for most people probably a whole lot of beer! I mean, we are talking about a football game here.
Oh and guys, these are quick and easy! Just roll your cheese, pop in the oven to “fry” and toss with your buffalo sauce. Done. These can even be prepared ahead of time and either eaten at room temperature, warmed back up the in the oven for just a few minutes or even straight out of the fridge! Just a note about the blue cheese. If you do decide to use it (um if you like blue cheese this is a must!) I must note that they are a bit more crumbly than if you were to just use goat cheese. When the blue cheese is warm it does not hold its shape as well the goat cheese. But if you let the balls cool and serve them cold or at room temperature they hold their shape pretty well! And the they are delicious hot, room temp or cold!
Buffalo Oven “Fried” Goat Cheese
Yields: 24 Buffalo fried Goat Cheese Balls
- 10 ounce goat cheese log, make sure this is very cold
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumble (optional, see note)
- 2 whole eggs, beaten
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- ½ cups Franks Red Hot
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- Fresh Greens, To Serve
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, set aside.
If using the blue cheese place it in a medium size bowl and add the goat cheese. Using a fork mash the blue cheese and goat cheese together. Using your hands roll the cheese mixture into 24 balls and place on prepared baking sheet. If you are not using the blue cheese just slice the log into 24 pieces and using your hands roll each piece into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheet.
Lightly beat eggs in a small bowl. Fill a plate or shallow bowl with the breadcrumbs. Dip the goat cheese ball in the egg wash first. Roll it around so it is completely covered. Then drop them into the panko breadcrumbs. Toss the breadcrumbs onto the ball and gently roll to coat. Place back on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all 24 ball are coated.
Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and crisp. Allow the balls to set for 5-10 minutes before tossing with the buffalo sauce.
While the goat cheese balls bake, make the buffalo sauce sauce. Combine in a medium size bowl: melted butter, hot sauce and seasoned salt. Whisk with a fork until combined.
Once the goat cheese balls have cooled off a bit, use a fork and dip each ball in the buffalo sauce covering completely. Drip off any excess buffalo sauce and place back on the baking sheet. Once all balls have been tossed with the buffalo sauce, place them back in the oven for five minutes.
Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes, please let them sit! You don't want them to crumble. Remove the balls from the pan and serve alongside greens and any extra sauce you have for dipping.
These are very delicate and crumble easily, but the taste is awesome!
*Just a note, if you use the blue cheese the balls will be a little harder to handle when warm. The blue cheese melts more, while for the most part, the goat cheese holds it shape. With that said, adding the blue cheese is delicious and once the balls sit out for a few minutes they firm up and are much more manageable.
Buffalo oven “fried” goat cheese……Yes.