Sometimes, when you are eating a salad, you just need to throw caution to the wind and add a bit of Fried Goat Cheese to make it a real splurge!
Chevre (which is French for goat’s cheese) is made either from all goat’s milk or a combination of goat’s and cow’s milk. Brands of goat cheese differ by their taste and texture. Some are more tart than others, and the texture can go from moist and creamy to dry and semi-firm. The shape can vary as well. You can buy it in a cylinder, pyramid, cone or disk shape. For today’s recipe, buy the cylinder.
Step one is to cut the cheese into even disks. I am going to cut this 4-ounce cylinder into six disks. Amazingly enough, dental floss works much better than a knife to cut this cheese.
Rip off a piece of floss about 12 inches long.
Slide the dental floss under the cylinder at the half way point.
Criss-cross the strand of floss over the cheese.
Now gently pull the two sides together.
You get a perfect slice every time!
To make cutting it with a knife a bit easier, you could freeze the cylinder of goat cheese for about 15 minutes.
Set out three dishes; one for the flour, one for the egg and one for the bread crumbs.
Add about 1 Tablespoon of water to the egg and – with a fork or a mini whisk – blend together the egg and water.
Dredge the cheese disk in the flour first, being sure to shake off any excess flour.
Now, dunk it in the egg and water mixture.
Then roll the cheese disk in the bread crumbs so that it is totally encased in the breading.
These will take about 4 minutes in total to fry, so get your salad prepared first.
Preheat a fry pan on medium-high heat. (I’m only making six rounds so I’m using a small frying pan. If you are making this full recipe you will need a 9 inch pan to fit all of the cheese disks in comfortably.)
Let the oil heat up until is looks shimmery and then add the cheese rounds – carefully!
Fry them for about 2 minutes or until they are golden brown. Then gently turn them over either with a pair of tongs or a spatula. Be careful not to burst the breading or the cheese may well ooze out!
Once browned on both sides, place the fried goat cheese on a plate lined with a paper towel so that the excess oil can drain off.
Now top your beautiful salad with the fried goat cheese.
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