Fried Goat Cheese Balls with Cherries and Pecans

Fried Goat Cheese Balls are the perfect party appetizer! These goat cheese poppers are stuffed with dried cherries and pecans and then deep fried into a crispy little snack. They are great for holiday parties or as a fancy salad topper. Fried Goat Cheese is definitely my favorite goat cheese appetizer!

Fried Goat Cheese Balls

Fried Goat Cheese Balls

Fried Goat Cheese Balls (aka goat cheese poppers) are one of my favorite holiday appetizers. They are cheesy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and the perfect poppable size!

Before I tell you where I got the idea for these Fried Goat Cheese Balls, I need to make sure we are in a judgement free zone. I’m about to tell you something super embarrassing and I need to make sure you’ll still come back…

I LOVE REALITY TV. Love really isn’t a strong enough word. Addicted would be more accurate. There are few reality series that I don’t record, and one of my favorites is Vanderpump Rules. What is it about that show? They’re all so terrible, yet so fun to watch. Well anyway, I was watching my girl Stassi (one of the worst!) a couple weeks ago and she went on and on about her favorite appetizer……GOAT CHEESE BALLS.

She convinced me that I needed to try them, so I decided to just make some for myself. The idea was awesome, and I’ll never deny a good appetizer idea, no matter where it came from! I mean, fried goat cheese? Yes please! Sounds like the best New Year’s Eve appetizer if you ask me. And that’s how this delicious goat cheese appetizer recipe was born…

These Fried Goat Cheese Balls are stuffed with dried cherries & pecans and then deep fried into a crispy little ball. This goat cheese appetizer is PERFECT for New Year’s Eve parties!


Goat Cheese Balls before frying them

A plate of greens topped with fried goat cheese balls

Goat Cheese Appetizers

I. Love. Goat Cheese. I’m a big fan of any kind of cheese, but goat cheese just feels a bit more decadent than, say, cheddar or swiss. It’s soft and creamy, and it’s just so perfect to snack on. I’ve made a lot of goat cheese appetizers because it just seems like the perfect cheese for the job!

These Fried Goat Cheese Balls are one of my favorites because they’re the perfect size to pop in your mouth one by one. The cherries and pecans add so much flavor into the mix, and deep frying them adds a nice crispy shell that makes them absolutely irresistible!

Here are a few more tasty goat cheese appetizers to try:

Fried Goat Cheese Appetizer filled with dried cranberries and pecans

Fried Goat Cheese Balls on a serving board

How to Make Fried Goat Cheese Balls

This fried goat cheese balls recipe is super simple. Mix pecans and dried cherries in with goat cheese, and roll them into bite-sized balls. Then quickly deep fry them (it’s a lot easier than it seems, trust me!) and they’re ready to go. If you have some sort of deep fryer, you can use that. But all you really need is a deep saucepan (deep enough that the hot oil won’t splatter everywhere).

How to Make Goat Cheese Balls:

  1. Place flour in a bowl, then mix egg & water in another bowl, and mix breadcrumbs & sea salt in a third bowl
  2. Roll the goat cheese into 24 1 tablespoon sized balls, mixing dried cherry and pecans into each goat cheese ball
  3. Let them set in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, until firm
  4. Roll each ball into the flour, then the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs
  5. Heat oil to 350°F in a deep saucepan
  6. Set 2 or 3 balls into the oil at a time & fry for about 30 seconds (coating should be crispy and fully browned)
  7. Use slotted spoon to remove the fried goat cheese balls and let them cool/dry on a paper towel or cooling rack

These are really great as an appetizer and taste even better with a dip or dressing of some sort. They also make a great salad topper for something a little extra special. See the recipe card for full instructions!

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These Fried Goat Cheese Balls are just too good! I love the added crunch from the pecans and touch of sweetness from the dried cherries. I knew my reality TV addiction would take me places in life…very delicious places. These are great on their own, and would be equally great with some crackers. Drizzle with a little pomegranate balsamic vinegar and you’re truly in business.

Watch the Video and See the recipe card for full details on how to make Fried Goat Cheese Balls. Enjoy!

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Fried Goat Cheese Balls are the perfect New Year's Eve appetizer! These goat cheese poppers are stuffed with dried cherries and pecans and then deep fried into a crispy little snack. It's definitely my favorite goat cheese appetizer!
Fried Goat Cheese Balls
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Fried Goat Cheese Balls are the perfect New Year's Eve appetizer! These goat cheese poppers are stuffed with dried cherries and pecans and then deep fried into a crispy little snack. It's definitely my favorite goat cheese appetizer!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried cheese, goat cheese, goat cheese balls
Servings: 24
Calories: 86 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
  • 12 ounces 3 small packages good quality goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Egg white from one egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Pomegranate balsamic vinegar optional
  1. Place flour in a small bowl. Combine egg and 2 tablespoons water in another small bowl. Place panko and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in another bowl. Set aside.
  2. Roll goat cheese into 24 1 tablespoon-sized balls. As your rolling, add some cherries and pecans to each ball.
  3. Place in the fridge for about an hour or the freezer for 20 minutes to make sure they are firm and sturdy.
  4. Coat each goat cheese ball in the flour mixture. Dip in the egg and make sure that all of the outer surface is covered. Then coat with the panko mixture. Don't skimp on the panko!
  5. Heat oil to 350° in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. It will not boil. Since this one my first time frying food, I wasn't sure! A deep sauce pan is important so that the hot oil doesn't splatter.
  6. Working in batches, add 2 or three goat cheese balls to the oil and allow them to fry for about 30 seconds, or until the entire coating is crispy and browned. Take out of the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a cookie rack or paper towel to dry.
  7. Serve warm topped with a drizzle of pomegranate balsamic vinegar if desired! Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Fried Goat Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These poppers look so good! They would be perfect for a holiday party. YUM!
Connie Tumm
i saw that show too! These look amazing! Years ago I had dinner in a very fancy french restaurant in Chicago and we had a salad with topped with fried goat cheese in the shape of a disc. I have never forgotten how good it was but I am thinking your recipe would be even better. How about some fresh spring mix topped off with these and some balsamic vinaigrette.
    Becky Hardin
    I'm glad I'm not alone in watching that show :). I love your idea, that sounds insanely yummy! These would be perfect on a salad. Thanks for saying hi!
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