So you know I love Sala 19, a tapas restaurant in NYC, well anyway there are many things that I love there. I was making an arugula, apple, beet, and goat cheese salad and wanted to make my goat cheese into fried cakes, like they do at tapas restaurants. Except I was not putting the honey on it for my salad. It turns out that it's a pretty easy tapas to make (another easy one is my other favorite, bacon wrapped dates).
If you do want to do it like they do at tapas restaurants all you need to do is follow my recipe and then drizzle honey or agave nectar on the warm little cheese cakes and there you have it, your own tapas minus the bill. Here's the recipe for the fried goat cheese....
Fried Goat Cheese
goat cheese log
panko bread crumbs
2 eggs with a little water (to make an egg wash)
pan with olive oil for frying
honey or agave (optional for drizzling)
To make the cheese cakes, cut the goat cheese log into slices that are about 1 inch thick. (If the cut doesn't come out clean it's okay. You'll just use your hands to roll them into a ball and then smoosh them down when frying them in the pan.) Place each goat cheese cake in the flour, shake the excess off, then dip them into the egg wash, then into the panko bread crumbs. Set cakes aside. Prepare a frying pan with olive oil and warm the pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot place the breaded cheese cakes in the pan to fry up. You can smoosh them down now, use a fork or small spatula. Cook each side until golden brown. Top a salad with the cooked fried goat cheese or drizzle some honey or agave for an at home tapas appetizer! Enjoy!