Fried Goat Cheese Mashed Between Toasted Bread

Before you pass this recipe off, read on a bit longer. Maybe I can convince you to try this appetizer or at least a goat milk product. I’m not hear to stand on my soap-box and tell you that you need to own a pet goat or even go on the “All Goat Diet.” I’m just hear to pass along a flavorful recipe with some useful information.

I think this is a great appetizer that has the unique tartness of goat cheese. Fresh goat cheese is similar to cream cheese in texture and taste (although a little tarter). Most people refuse to try this healthy form of diary because they aren’t used to it. Well, read on, I’ve provided a few interesting tid-bits that just might change your mind.

Goat’s milk is naturally homogenized, it forms a soft curd when compared to cow’s milk, and therefore aids in digestion and absorption. Certain studies have indicated that a regular intake of goat’s milk may maintain lean body mass and improved skeletal mineralization, as well as increased vitamins and hemoglobin in human blood. Another medicinal property of goat milk is it’s higher in medium chain fatty acids, which play an important role in reducing mal-absorption syndrome, steatorrhea, chyluria, cholesterol, galls stones, and some forms of child epilepsy.

I’m not trying to sell you snake oil by any means, most importantly I’m not making claims that this cures cancer, prevents impotence, solves violence, or cures stupidity. I’m merely mentioning some associated health benefits to consuming goat milk. Hopefully the information provided will coax you into trying this deliciously healthy food. .

Difficulty (Scale from 1-10): 4

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs

1 tablespoon of Romano cheese

salt – to taste

black pepper – to taste

2 extra large eggs – beaten

8 ounce package of fresh goat cheese – sliced into 8 (1 ounce) slices

1/4 – 1/3 cup of olive oil

16 slices of Italian bread – cut to twice the diameter of the cheese slices – toasted

Preparation

Mix together flavored bread crumbs, Romano cheese, salt – to taste, and black pepper – to taste. Place in a flat dish capable of containing the mixture and put aside.

Place beaten eggs in a small bowl for dipping. Coat both sides of goat cheese slices with the egg mixture. Next, place egg dipped cheese into bread crumb mixture coating top and bottom; then place on a dish lined with wax paper. Repeat the same steps for the remaining slices of cheese and then place dish in the freezer for 15 minutes or until cheese firms-up.

Place oil in a skillet so it is 1/8 inch deep, then heat on medium-high setting. When oil begins to shimmer, remove cheese from freezer and place all of the cheese in skillet. Fry cheese until bread crumbs turn golden brown, then carefully turn over and fry the other side the same way, then remove cheese from skillet.

Immediately after removing cheese from skillet, place cheese between 2 slices of toasted bread and press bread together. Repeat for the remaining cheese, then serve warm.

Enjoy your appetizer!