I will admit, I’m somewhat obsessed with goat cheese right now. Ever since having it on top of a salad at one of my favorite restaurants a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to get enough. I love it on brussels sprouts. I adore it on salads. And I recently discovered that I could take medallions of goat cheese, coat them in breading and bake them to perfection! They are perfect to add some flavor to a dish or serve up as an appetizer so I decided it was only fair that I share this easy recipe that’s quickly risen to the top of my favorite list. Read on to find out how to make Baked Goat Cheese Medallions with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction.
This easy dish is so impressive, so delicious and so pretty that it’s perfect for dressing up a weeknight dinner or serving up to guests. And the best part is, it’s crazy easy to make! Here’s how you do it.
What You Will Need
1 Log of Fresh Organic Goat Cheese
1/2 Cup of Regular Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup of Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
1 Cup of Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of Light Brown Sugar
1 and 1/2 Cup of Diced Ripe Strawberries
A Dash of Salt
How to Make It
These easy baked goat cheese medallions with strawberry balsamic reduction take no time at all to whip up and are bursting with flavor! To start, I simply sliced my goat cheese into medallions, using my fingers to push them together and keep them solid since goat cheese tends to be a little crumbly.
Once I had cut my baked goat cheese medallions up, I placed them on a baking sheet and added my egg to one bowl and my two types of bread crumbs to a second bowl.
After mixing my bread crumbs together, I poured my olive oil DIRECTLY into the bread crumbs and mashed them together to form a consistency that was somewhat like wet sand (adding the oil directly to the bread crumbs helps the baked goat cheese medallions helps keep the breading crispy when baked).
After stirring my raw egg, I simply dipped my goat cheese medallions into the egg mixture and then immediately dipped it into my bread crumb mixture, ensuring that all of my cheese was covered.
Once I had completed the breading for each of my baked goat cheese medallions, I simply placed them on a lined baking sheet. Then, once I had breaded all of my goat cheese, I placed the prepared medallions into the freezer for about fifteen minutes.
After freezing my baked goat cheese medallions, I quickly popped them into the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, flipping them over half way through so that each side baked to a golden, crispy brown. While my baked goat cheese medallions were baking, I whipped up my strawberry balsamic reduction by adding my balsamic vinegar to a small pot and bringing it to a boil. After turning down the heat and reducing my allowing my balsamic vinegar to reduce by a little more than half while simmering, I added in my brown sugar, strawberries and salt.
I brought the mixture to a boil again and then once again turned down the heat and allowed the strawberry balsamic reduction to simmer until it thickened slightly and then strawberries took on a jam-like consistency. Once my reduction was done cooking, I simply strained it to remove any chunks of strawberries and it was ready. I sat is aside to cool slightly and pulled my baked goat cheese medallions from the oven and transferred them to a plate. Then I drizzled my strawberry balsamic reduction over the top of my baked goat cheese medallions.
After sprinkling more fresh strawberries on the top and adding a mint leaf to each of the baked goat cheese medallions, my easy dish was complete. These simple baked goat cheese medallions with strawberry balsamic reduction are great to serve as an appetizer and even better on top of chicken of a salad! With each taste you take, you get the tang of goat cheese, the sweetness of strawberries and the bite of balsamic vinegar mingled together to create the perfect bite!
Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer to enjoy on lovely Spring evenings or a perfect salad topper to serve up to your dinner guests, I highly recommend that you give my Baked Goat Cheese Medallions with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction a try!