The Appetizer of Cheese Croquettes
Upon My Readers’ Request:
A Treat From the ELR Creative Cheese Series
The Breaded Cheeses have become very popular around the world, with different variations. It is a form of culinary cheese I relish in, personally.
The crunchy succulence of the exterior mixed with the melting cheese in one’s mouth is, let’s admit, a pleasure edging addiction. Kids and Adults alike love them. They are good appetizers and snacks, and could be enjoyed with various dips. (Just forget about the Ketchup!)
Unlike the Mozarella Cheese fingers, these croquettes are more Frenchy French in shape, and more Lebanese in cheese. I use goat cheese which is one of our main cheeses in Lebanon. You may use Feta Cheese, which is the closest to the Lebanese goat cheese.
Keep in mind that the goat cheese is strong in flavor and is usually salty, more so the Feta, so we will not be adding salt nor any kind of seasoning with this recipe. The Goat Cheese brings in all the strong aroma that is needed.
The Croquettes are fried with butter, also unsalted. This is a 10-min preparation, 10-min cooking recipe, which you can prepare any time and all the time you are in a rush to serve an appetizer to unexpected guests, or a snack to keep the kids happily quiet. 🙂
This recipe yields 16 mini Croquettes that you can, also, prepare ahead of time, store covered in the fridge, and fry 10 minutes before serving. Once cooked, they are best enjoyed when consumed at once.
To The Enjoyment of Your Household, Cheers!
Cheese Croquette Appetizer
- 250 gr Goat Cheese cut into 16 small squares.
- 1 Egg whisked
- 2 tbsps Garlic Butter (unsalted) to fry
- 4 tbsps Olive Oil pure, for cooking
- Plate covered with Kitchen absorbent paper
Prepare in front of you on the counter the bowl of whisked egg and a bowl of breadcrumbs.
One by one, immerse the cheeses in the whisked egg then in the breadcrumbs, coating well. Set aside.
In a frying pan, over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil, and stir, allowing it to heat.
Fry every eight pieces of cheese together for few minutes until golden, and then turn them upside down. (It should take about 5-6 minutes.)
Remove into a sieve then onto a plate covered with kitchen absorbent paper.
Repeat with the remaining eight pieces of cheese. If your butter and oil have diminished a lot, consider adding and warming them before cooking the remaining cheeses.
Transfer the golden fried cheeses into a serving plate, and serve at once with your dip of preference. Enjoy them!