Fried Goat Cheese Balls with Spicy Sage Honey – soft, creamy, and tangy goat cheese, rolled in Sesame-Panko crumbs, and then fried until golden. Golden and crisp on the outside and extra soft and melty in the center. Drizzle each fried cheese ball with spicy sage honey for a delicious appetizer. Perfect for New Year’s Eve celebrations and January game nights. These cheese balls are addicting. I’d highly recommend doubling the recipe.
We’ve got one final appetizer to round out our 2023 holiday season. And it’s GOOD one. Fried goat cheese, dipped, dunked, and drizzled in a spicy sage honey. The fried goat cheese is, of course, delicious, but it’s the spicy sage honey that makes these little balls addicting.
I made these for my family over Christmas and they’ve been asking for them ever since.
They are so yummy!
Here are the details
Step 1: the breading
You’ll need flour, an egg, Panko bread crumbs, and sesame seeds.
Add the flour to a bowl, the egg to another bowl, and then the Panko and sesame seeds to yet another bowl.
Step 2: the goat cheese
Take your favorite log of creamy goat cheese and roll it into cute bite-size goat cheese balls.
Now, dip each ball through the flour. I think it’s easiest to coat each ball in flour before moving to the next step.
Step 3: bread, then freeze
Once the goat cheese is coated in flour, dip each ball through the beaten egg and then through the Panko.
When all the balls are well coated, freeze them for 20 minutes, until super firm. If you want to make these ahead of time, you can freeze the balls overnight. Then, they’ll be ready for frying whenever you’re ready to serve!
Step 4: the spicy sage honey
This is the secret to why these are so delicious.
Gently warm the honey in a small saucepan with garlic, hot sauce, and sage. Do not boil the honey, just a little simmer to infuse the honey with garlic and sage is all you need. No more than 5 minutes.
Step 5: fry
I love to use avocado oil to fry. Heat a bit of oil in a skillet with sides. When the oil is hot, you can fry the goat cheese balls in 2-3 batches.
Don’t let the balls sit for more than 2-3 minutes, or the cheese is at risk of melting out.
Step 6: serve!
Drizzle the warm fried goat cheese with honey, season with salt, then enjoy!
These are great at room temperature, but I highly recommend serving them warm, if possible.
These are so delicious when hot and melty with that spicy sweet honey. Serve these for New Year’s Eve, but make sure to keep them in mind for January game nights too. And, of course, these would be perfect for the Super Bowl! Trust me, you’ll be the most loved host or hostess among your friends and family.
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Fried Goat Cheese Balls with Spicy Sage Honey
Calories Per Serving: 129 kcal
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- 1. Add the flour and a pinch of pepper to a bowl. Add the egg to a separate bowl. Mix the Panko and sesame seeds in a 3rd bowl. 2. Line a plate with parchment paper.3. Roll the goat cheese into 20-24 balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Roll each ball in flour, tossing to coat. Dip through the egg, and then dredge through the Panko, tossing to coat. Place each ball on the prepared plate. Freeze for 20 minutes or overnight.4. Meanwhile, make the sage honey. Warm the honey, garlic, hot sauce, and sage in a sauce pot.5. Heat 1-2 inches of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the goat cheese balls in batches for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden and crisp on all sides. Remove and drain onto a paper towel lined plate. 6. Arrange the balls on a serving plate and drizzle with sage honey. Sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy, enjoy!