Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fried Goat Cheese on Roasted Golden Beet and Savory Cracker

We do love our appetizers around here, often making a meal out of a choice of finger foods, dips and spreads with fresh bread. In addition to the usual array of cheeses, I like to have a more elaborate or interesting choice or two to allow me to test out new ideas. Plus, it's always a good way to get the kids to try out new things.

I especially love the combination of beets and goat cheese. The goat cheese & roasted beet amuse bouche is the most-viewed blog entry here, and for good reason: the roasted beets offer a wonderful sweetness, which is the perfect foil for the smooth and tangy goat cheese. Breading and pan-frying the goat cheese rounds seems to bring out the creaminess of the cheese as well as adding a wonderful new texture. I put it on a savory cracker to make it a little easier to eat as a finger food.

The end results provides a rich combination of smooth and crunchy, creamy and tangy, sweet and savory. Not bad for an appetizer.

Fried Goat Cheese on Roasted Golden Beet and Savory Cracker

  • 1 golden beet
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • log of herbed goat cheese
  • flour
  • egg
  • panko bread crumbs
  • fresh thyme, chopped
  • soft bread crumbs
  • peanut oil
  • savory cracker, wasa bread or some other thin and crisp flatbread or cracker

  1. Roast the beet: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Pour a thin layer of olive oil in a bowl. 
  2. Wash and scrub the beet carefully, then roll it in the oil until it is all coated. Sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt over it and then place it on a sheet of aluminum foil and seal it up into a packet. 
  3. Place into a roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes. 
  4. Take out and let cool. Slip off the skin and then slice into 1/2 inch slices.
  1. Make the pan-fried goat cheese rounds: Grab four shallow bowls, pie tins or plates. Pour out about 3/4 cup of flour on one, the beaten egg on the middle plate, the panko bread crumbs mixed with fresh thyme leaves on the third, and unseasoned soft bread crumb on the fourth.  
  2. Slice the goat cheese into 3/4 inch rounds and then squish them down slightly until the diameter of the round almost matches the diameter of the beet slices. 
  3. Working one at a time, dredge the goat cheese rounds through the flour until it is all coated, then dip into the beaten egg, making sure to let the excess egg drip back into the plate. Then press into the panko and thyme on both sides, then dipping it into the soft breadcrumbs to cover what the panko missed.
  4. Heat some peanut oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Once the oil starts to shimmer, carefully lower the goat cheese rounds into the oil and fry until both sides are golden brown, once per side is best. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  5. Place a slice of the roasted beet on a cracker and top with a goat cheese round and serve.

A closer look at the melty cheese....


  1. Hi Babs! Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your lovely words on my blog! ;D
    I love your lovely blog with so many yummy dishes!
    This is so beautiful! I've never try goat cheese. Maybe I should try getting some the next trip to the mart. ;)

  2. Lyn, thanks for commenting!
    I LOVE goat cheese. I's creamy and tangy, and delightfully smooth.

    I also found some honey vanilla goat cheese once that added a lovely element of sweetness to the creamy-tangy mix. AMAZING.


  3. You're most welcome, Babs! ;)
    Wow! You're making me droops! LOL ;P
    Btw, what's the best dish to use goat cheese? ;)

  4. I really love the combination of roasted beets and goat cheese, although I know that beets are not for everyone.

    I also put it on pizza quite often, though sparingly, because a little can go a long way. I also used it in puff pastry tarts with caramelized onions.

    Sometimes I even put it in a cheese sauce to give macaroni and cheese a little extra tanginess. :)

  5. Wow! Look at all the yummies you've mentioned! I'd love to try the goat cheese with Mac & Cheese! Tks Babs for all the suggestions! ;)
    Have a great day!

  6. You too!

    I made mac and cheese last night and added a bit of the goat cheese to the cheese sauce- not a lot, I had a little over 2 cups of cheese sauce for a pound of pasta, and had added about a heaping tablespoon of the goat cheese. It gave it a nice flavor. :)


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