Sometimes food is so good, there are almost no words to describe it accurately. The art of eating is such a sensory driven activity. We first see the food with our eyes, hear it, feel it and then taste it. Panko bread crumbs, which are Japanese-style bread crumbs, and sesame seeds transform tangy goat cheese into something truly magical.
Imagine, if you will…warm, soft goat cheese, lightly crusted with crisp Panko crumbs, with the slightest nuttiness from sesame seeds, all pan-fried until golden.
These delectable, crispy cheese “croutons” are easy to make, stunning in appearance and flavor and are wonderful when paired with dried fruit such as cranberries or apricots in a salad or nestled atop a crisp crostini with a slice of apple or pear for a fantastic appetizer.
If in a hurry, use goat cheese that can be found at Reasor’s in a cylindrical shape for easy slicing. For best results, however, use goat cheese from Canyon Ridge Farms that is available every week at Broken Arrow’s farmers’ market, located at 418 South Main in downtown Broken Arrow.
If using cheese from Canyon Ridge Farms, you’ll need to shape the cheese into rounds that are about one and a half inches in diameter and half and inch thick.
Warm Sesame Encrusted Goat Cheese Medallions
- 4 oz. plain goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Using a sharp knife, cut goat cheese into six ½ inch slices. Or form cheese into medallions using your hands. If cheese is very soft, place in a shallow dish and freeze for about 10 minutes until firm enough to handle.
- In a small bowl, combine Panko, sesame seeds and salt; mix well.
- Dip each piece of goat cheese into egg white and then into crumb mixture.
- Place in shallow dish and freeze for 20-30 minutes until very firm, but not frozen solid.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once skillet is hot, add olive oil. As soon as the oil is very hot and shimmering, add the butter, swirling to coat skillet.
- Place the goat cheese in a single layer in the skillet.
- Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Serve immediately on a salad or as an appetizer on a crostini.
Makes 6 medallions