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Baked Goat Cheese Balls

This Baked Goat Cheese balls are coated with herbs, dipped in an egg-mustard mixture, and then rolled in toast crumbs. You can prep these ahead of time, keep them in a plastic bag, and freeze until you are ready to use. They make the perfect appetizer for any cheese board set up and usually disappear a few minutes after they come out of the oven. This recipe was adapted from Baked Goat Cheese Salad recipe with minor changes.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Goat cheese, baked goat cheese appetizer, Goat Cheese Balls, Goat cheese balls recipe, Goat Cheese Recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Goat Cheese Balls
Calories 122kcal

Ingredients

For the Goat Cheese Balls

  • 3 ounces 2 cups plain Melba Toasts*
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly grounded
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped
  • 12 ounces Vermont Creamery plain goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the Melba toasts in the bowl of a food processor. Process until fine for a minute and half. You want really fine crumbs. Place in a plate, stir in the black pepper, and set it aside.
  • Whisk eggs and mustard in a plate and set aside.
  • Place the herbs in a small plate and set aside.
  • Using a unscented dental floss, slice the goat cheese diagonally into two pieces. Then slice the goat cheese into 12 equal pieces. For a visual as to how to slice the goat cheese using a dental floss, check out this baked goat cheese salad recipe.
  • Roll each piece of goat cheese into a ball. Each goat cheese ball should be similar to a golf ball.
  • Dip each ball first into the herb mixture, second into the egg mixture and then finally into the crumbs.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Continue with the rest of the goat cheese balls.
  • Place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  • Lightly brush the balls with the olive oil.
  • Baked the goat cheese balls for 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. If you don't have access to Melba toasts, feel free to use another toast/cracker you like.
  2. Nowadays, Melba toasts are sold in different flavors. While you can certainly experiment with different flavors, I find that the best one is the plain flavor for this recipe.
  3. These balls freeze very well. I make a big batch and keep them in a plastic bag in the freezer. When I am ready to bake, I take them out 10 minutes prior to placing them in the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg