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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Fried Goat Cheese

Hamburger, chocolate, pickles... cheese? Who doesn't get cravings? (other than the obvious pregnant women) I crave food all the time. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't crave something... I just don't really crave basics - nope, can't be that simple. I gotta crave something that I will entail forming, dicing, building, chopping, cleaning, frying, grilling.... bottom line- I crave stuff that takes some work to make.

Today I wanted cheese, not just cheese, but I wanted warm soft cheese. I've been into grilling cheese lately (yes you can grill cheese - just for a minute or two...), it's the soft warm gooeyness that is comforting and the grill adds a great smoky flavor!

So, I thought I was coming up with a whole new idea by breading some cheese and frying it. Turns out it's not a new idea, (think mozzarella sticks) but all the same - this works extremely well and tastes worlds better! This pairs nicely with a few field greens tossed in a simple olive oil and lemon dressing. I've used this as part of a meat course in my latest 7 course dinner party, and I've also now served as an appetizer, and even had as a lunch. Next time you get the craving for something warm, cheesy and comforting - try this out. I think you'll find it a filling yet light and comforting option! The taste is fabulous! Go ahead, fry some cheese and be fat and happy!

1 log of goat cheese
1 egg white or 1 beaten whole egg
bread crumbs, seasoned with pepper, salt, dried basil and garlic powder
olive oil and butter

First you will need to form the goat cheese into little rounds. if you let the log warm slightly, then you can slice off a section of the round (about 1 inch thick), and form into the round. Then place in the refrigerator to firm up.

Place a pan on the stove on medium hight heat, with 1 tbls butter and 1tbls olive oil. Now place the goat cheese round in the egg white (or whole beaten egg). Then push into the bread crumbs on each side. Add to the already warm fry pan. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes, until brown and crispy. Serve immediately.

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