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!
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.
Roll goat cheese into 24 1 tablespoon-sized balls. As your rolling, add some cherries and pecans to each ball.
Place in the fridge for about an hour or the freezer for 20 minutes to make sure they are firm and sturdy.
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!
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.
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.
Serve warm topped with a drizzle of pomegranate balsamic vinegar if desired! Enjoy!