BAKED GOAT CHEESE BALLS



Today we're making walnut panko baked goat cheese balls! These honey drizzled crispy goat cheese bites are baked instead of fried and make a fabulous appetizer and salad topper!

Ingredients


1/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup Italian panko breadcrumbs(panko with Italian blend seasoning mixed in)
2 eggs
2 (8 oz) goat cheese logs
honey for drizzling
spray olive oil as needed

EXTRAS
parchment paper
large baking sheet
wire cooling rack (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cut goat cheese logs into 8-12 portions each (16-24 total) and roll into balls.
  2. Finely chop and crush your walnuts until it resembles a coarse flour. You can do this with a rolling pin or wine bottle and a plastic bag or use a food processor to mince 'em up.
  3. Combine walnuts with panko in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk well.
  5. Working one at a time, dip the goat cheese balls into the whisked egg then into the panko bowl. Roll/sprinkle until coated on all sides.
  6. Place panko goat cheese balls spaced on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate and freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. When you're ready to bake, preheat oven to 465 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the goat cheese balls on top of the parchment and spray with olive oil. This will help them get crispy and golden.
  8. Place on the center rack and bake for 8 minutes. Depending on your oven's efficiency, check the balls at the 6-minute mark and keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  9. Once fresh from the oven use a spatula to transfer to a plate or cutting board to cool. Leaving them on the hot baking sheet can make them melt. You can also try to lift the entire sheet of parchment and place on top of a cooling rack. They’ll slide around a bit when lifted, but with care the whole tray can be transferred crazy quick this way!
  10. Allow to cool slightly, then drizzle with honey before serving. Enjoy as part of a tasty appetizer spread or with your favorite salad!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use plain goat cheese or honey goat cheese for this recipe. I'm in love with honey goat cheese and use it whenever I can find it!

The Italian-seasoned panko breadcrumbs give flavor to the goat cheese balls. If you're using plain panko, simply season with Italian-blend seasoning or a mixture of salt, pepper, basil, etc... to taste.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust values based on added honey/oil.

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