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Crispy Goat Cheese Appetizers

 Crispy Goat Cheese Appetizers
Want an amazing party starter? Coat slices of goat cheese with seasoned bread crumbs, fry them until golden-brown and top them off with tomato, basil, vinegar and pine nuts.
32 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 5 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 4 logs (4 ounces each) herbed fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts

Directions

  • Freeze cheese for 15 minutes. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices.
  • Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls. In another shallow
  • bowl, combine the bread crumbs, thyme, garlic powder and salt. Dip
  • cheese slices in the flour, eggs, then bread crumb mixture.
  • In an electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry cheese slices, a
  • few at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Garnish each appetizer with a tomato half and basil leaf. Drizzle
  • with vinegar; top with pine nuts. Serve warm. Yield: about 2-1/2
  • dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 appetizer equals 97 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.