I set out to make a great side salad for last night’s dinner. Nothing too complicated, though. A mix of greens, of course. Topped with sliced roasted beets (a favorite in our house!). Next, I needed croutons. Oh, but not the ‘usual’ croutons. Not dried crunchy bread croutons. Nope. Cheese croutons. Glorious fried goat cheese croutons, to be exact! Oh, what wonderful little bites these are. Decadent. Delicious. Dangerous.
I wouldn’t make these croutons every day, but I could. They’re very tempting. The only way I kept from eating more of them was to convince myself that by being ‘good’ I could have them again tomorrow.
Also try my copycat of Ruby Tuesday’s croutons, my favorite thing on their salad bar.
Fried Goat Cheese Croutons
- 3 4 ounce goat cheese
- oil for frying
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs seasoned
- To make them a bit easier to slice, place the goat cheese logs into the freezer for 30 minutes. Then slice into 1/2″ thick slices.
- Heat 1″ of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 375 F.
- Place flour in a small bowl.
- Place beaten eggs into another small bowl.
- Place breadcrumbs in another small bowl.
- Working in batches, dip the cheese slices into the flour.
- Shake off the excess then dip them into the eggs.
- Finally, roll the cheese in the breadcrumbs.
- Add to hot oil and fry 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once.
- Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to cool and drain.
Nutritional values are approximate.