Finger Food that Pops-Herb Goat Cheese Poppers

SONY DSCHappy March!!  It’s hard to believe that Spring is quickly approaching but I have to say, I am looking forward to a little sunshine around here!  We have had such a mild winter in Texas, but the past few weeks have made me want spring more than ever…now lets start planning our warm weather parties!

 A table covered in gourmet appetizers provides the perfect setting for a spring gathering. At the beginning of this new season, freshen up your menus with bite-size finger food, ideal for sharing or passing. With only five ingredients, herb goat cheese poppers keep it simple and small but full of flavor.

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Herb Goat Cheese Poppers
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (8 ounce) log soft herb goat cheese
  2. 1 large egg
  3. ½ cup flour
  4. ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  5. 2 cups canola oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Place flour, whisked egg and panko breadcrumbs each in individual bowls (do not mix together). Roll goat cheese into 24 balls (1 heaping teaspoon each).
  2. 2. Dip each goat cheese ball in flour, dip in egg and roll in panko; place each ball on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat oil in a small deep saucepan until it reaches 350 degrees F. Drop goat cheese balls into oil in batches of 4-6 at a time until golden and crisp on the outside. Remove balls with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.
  4. 4. Serve goat cheese poppers immediately with your choice of dipping sauce.
Notes
  1. Dipping Sauce (optional)
  2. Blackberry honey (pictured)
  3. Marinara sauce
  4. Balsamic reduction
  5. Sweet chili sauce
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