Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Honeyed Goats Cheese in a Walnut Crust – devilishly good!

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Goats cheese, honey? Where?

What’s with the goats on the M11? It is rather alarming to see their devil’s eyes glaring out from the side of the road. Go back to the hills where you belong, silly creatures.
Serious danger to traffic aside, I cannot see a goat without thinking of goats cheese and I found myself at the checkout with two gorgeous little cheeses in my basket. My beloved thinks he doesn’t like goats cheese so it has to be presented in disguise. Here’s how that went …
Brrrr... goats cheese needs a coat in this weather!

For 2 portions you will need…
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
a pinch of salt and a twist of black pepper
1 egg, beaten
100g fresh breadcrumbs
50g walnuts, finely chopped
50g melted butter
2 small crottins of goats cheese about 70g each (how ripe is up to you – I used fresh)

Green salad and runny honey to serve



Hey, watch me do the eggy-paddle!
Preheat the oven to 180°C

1.      Mix the salt and pepper with the flour and sprinkle into a shallow bowl. Place the beaten egg in a second shallow bowl. Place the fresh breadcrumbs in a third bowl with the finely chopped walnuts and pour in the melted butter, tossing the crumbs and the nuts until the butter is evenly distributed.
2.      Sprinkle the cheeses with flour, making sure to coat every last centimetre of the surface. Dip in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture.
3.      Return the coated cheeses to the egg bath, and again to the breadcrumb mixture, gently packing the crumbs around the cheeses to seal well.

Goats cheese in its winter coat of breadcrumbs and walnut

4.      Transfer the cheeses to a lightly buttered baking tray and place in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden.
5.      Remove from the oven and serve immediately with a green salad and a generous drizzle of decent honey.

Honeyed Goats Cheese in a Walnut Crust - Devilishly Good!

Variation: I'll be doing mini-versions to pass around with Christmas drinks!
 
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35 comments:

Cucina49 said...

My stomach started growling just looking at this--goat cheese is one of my favorite foods!

Tina said...

I am now craving some goat cheese-these look so delicious and toasty. Definitely a savory treat and glad you gave them this tasty coat for winter! Yum!

Grubarazzi said...

Oh good lord in heaven. This looks amazing. I mean, it's everything I love in life all rolled up in one decadent package. le sigh.

Maggie said...

Goat cheese is my favorite cheese in the whole wide world. I can never get enough of this stuff, it just tastes SO GOOD. I can't wait to try these, they look out of this world!

Parsley Sage said...

You sneaky little devil! I like the way your brain thinks. CK thinks he doesn't like pork...little does HE know! Mwa ha ha.

Simple gorgeous nibblies! I love goat cheese, its a bit strong for some people but as far as I'm concerned, the stinkier the better. Love the walnut crust! This should be in a fancy restaurant :)

Buzzed!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love goat cheese so I am really lovin' this one!

Divya | flavourfiesta said...

That honestly looks so darn good. I wish I could grab some now!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

This looks SO GOOD. I have stuffed cheese in some meat and cook before but not this way. WOW! I love it. I have to give this a try!!

Ann said...

First off the goat cheese looks amazing! I ADORE the stuff! What a great way to serve it!

Secondly - congratulations on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother! What a fun day you're having!

WiseMóna said...

Oh yum! Why on earth does he not like goats cheese? We are going to Bluebell Falls in February for a tour n' tasting and to see them in full swing when the kids are born. I can't wait! I have a recipe for pistachio encrusted goats cheese with a cranberry glaze..... it is finger licking good...

Juanita said...

I do so love the piquant flavour of goat's cheese.

And you're right, it is disconcerting to see goats on the road. When you travel between Cape Town and the Cape Town International Airport, there are often goats and cattle ON THE HIGHWAY (where the speed limit is 120km/h). It freaks one out entirely!

Manu said...

I LOVE goat's cheese! I actually had some on a salad tonight! I wish I had seen this recipe before as I would have so much loved to try it!!! I will definitely remember it for next time though. Great idea to add walnuts!!! :-)

Aaawww so The Fairy Hobmother really exists! I wish she paid me a visit too! ;-)

Jill Colonna said...

Hester, I love the goat's winter coat! Your captions always make me laugh. They look absolutely delicious and great idea on your mini party versions.
Lucky you with the visit from Fairy Hobmother. Oh I wish, I wish... she could come and help me prepare for a teenage Xmas party, clean out the garage, make tablet for the school fête and prepare 200 macarons - all by Friday!

firefoodie said...

They look just beautiful. Warming, fresh and savoury. it's funny, whenever I see goats I think of capretto... slow roasted in a wood fired oven... and those devil eyes? I'm with you on that. :)

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Yummy! I love all those ingredients and I love them together. Now I want some... :)

Food Pursuit said...

Yumm!

healthyfoodietravels said...

HOLY cow, that looks utterly amazing!

Delizia said...

love goat cheese great recipe!

Cajunlicious said...

I love cheese-balls, they are so great for the holidays and this one looks and sounds amazing!

Magic of Spice said...

Oh wow! I must try these...I already love goats cheese but am the only one in the family that does. So more for me :)

Lizzy said...

Oh, my gosh...I can only imagine how wonderful these taste with a salad (I'd be begging for more than one!). And I love the idea of mini versions for appetizers...simple and delish!

Nisrine said...

Sounds delightful. I love goat cheese appetizers.

Ann said...

Congratulations on the #1 spot on Foodbuzz's top 9! Well deserved!

Little Housewife said...

I ADORE goat cheese and goat milk it reminds me of childhood! It's not easy to get it now, only in a store but back then it was a matter of going to my friend's house and making a big smile to her mom. Wish you all the best! Thanks for bringing back those memories :)

Kathy said...

That sounds so heavenly I will have to try it. Yum!!

Linda said...

wow that looks delicious!! I might have to add that to my Christmas dinner :) congrats on top 9!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...

I am. So. Making. This!!!!! I am a big fan of goat cheese and I love that you gave it some crunch and a bit of sweet, Hester.

In other news, did the Fairy Hobmother really come to visit? Woah - you must have been a very good girl this year!! Enjoy it, you've earned it, and I can't wait to see what you make next!! :)

Lola Lobato said...

Love this recipe specially if it's the mini version.
Great for the holiday season!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds amazing with the walnut crust, yum!

Sarah said...

I love love love goat cheese and the combination with honey and walnuts sounds completely dreamy!

Taste With The Eyes said...

Ooh, sounds great. Love the honey. Congrats on T-9!
LL

Buttercream Blondie said...

I just love goat cheese, so I'm loving your creation!! So perfect for little apps too!

Anonymous said...

I usually leave my goat cheese in the fridge until it could walk out by itself. This recipe has just saved my last purchase from a death worse than fat (or something like that). Thank you, you never fail to amaze and amuse me.

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

Hi Hester! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season! We had our crazy, chaotic dinner Christmas Eve, but Christmas day went to my neighbour's place for a smaller dinner with five of us...I made these and they were awesome! I'll be making them again...thanks for the recipe! xo

Hester Casey said...

Hi Wendy,

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas. Glad you tried this recipe and that it was such a success for you!

Happy New Year!