I arrived home from work the other day ravenous to a rather scarce pantry. I checked out the fridge and managed to find fresh goat cheese and mozzarella. Normally, I would just eat these items as they were but I decided to test my cooking skills. I found bread crumbs and decided to fuse the two cheeses together to create fried cheese bites. Unsure of what to make as the dipping sauce, I chose to create a sweet balsamic reduction glaze. The pairing was perfect as the glaze added a tangy flavor to the creamy cheeses. What started as a desperate attempt to salvage a meal turned into a delicious snack.
I recommend starting with balsamic glaze as it takes about 20 minutes or so to fully reduce into the thick consistency that you want.
Dipping sauce recipe:
2 Cups Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1.Combine balsamic vinegar with brown sugar in pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half (about 20 minutes). *You can tell when it’s ready once it has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Let cool before serving.
*Store in refrigerator and use on salads, chicken, steaks, or anything you else you want to add a sweet kick to.
Cheese bites recipe:
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Canola Oil
1. Mix goat cheese and mozzarella until well combined.
2. Roll the mixture into 10-12 small balls (slightly smaller than golf ball-sized).
3. Dip in flour, dust off excess. Coat in egg yolk. Roll through bread crumbs until fully coated.
4. Heat canola oil to medium high in a medium pot.
5. Add 4-5 cheese bites for about 2 minutes until golden brown.
*Don’t over crowd the pot or the bites will stick together.
6. Drain on paper towel lined plate.
7. Serve with balsamic glaze for dipping.