Fried Goat Cheese

I think that the name speaks for itself. We love to add the fried goat cheese to a salad, but I'll leave that up to you.

1 lb goat cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts (you can substitute walnuts if needed)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine the salt, pepper and flour in a bowl. Beat the eggs and set aside in a bowl. Process the nuts and combine with the bread crumbs in a third bowl. Slice the goat cheese into 8 or 9 patties that are about 2 0z each. Dredge the cheese through the flour and coat thoroughly. Next coat the cheese in the eggs and then place in bread/pine nut mixture and make sure that the cheese is coated completely. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate until chilled. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the cheese when the oil is hot. Cook until lightly browned on each side, or about 3-4 minutes a side (depending on how hot you get the oil). Spoon the cheese onto a paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy. Buon Appetito.

As I said earlier, we enjoy the fried goat cheese in a simple salad of iceberg lettuce with a little arugula thrown in as well. Throw in some toasted pine nuts, some pomegranate, and top with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and enjoy.

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