Romanian Cheese and Ethiopian Coffee

The first year we were married I asked John what was the best thing he'd ever eaten. He told me that when he was in Romania many years ago he had some really wonderful fried goat cheese. Thanks a lot, I thought to myself. But after a little googling and a trip to Ada's, it turned out to be a simple recipe - now our Valentine favorite. The recipe is below.

But what is in my lovely Hazel Atlas mug? African Skies fair trade coffee from Just Love, a company that uses proceeds to help an Ethiopian orphanage and families adopting not just from Ethiopia, but from anywhere in the world. If you buy from this shop, you can support our friends in their Ethiopian adoption.

Romanian Fried Goat Cheese
11 to 12 oz Goat Cheese, chilled
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp rosemary
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 large egg beaten
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (I always use the cornflake kind)
1/4 cup olive oil

Our cheese comes in wedges which I sliced into about 8 or 9 thick slices. Mix the garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper. Put this in a bowl, and then put the flour, egg, and bread crumbs each in their own bowl. Dip the cheese in the garlic mixture, then the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs, coating evenly with each. Chill in the refrigerator.

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. When heated, cook the goat cheese about 2 minutes per side or until a pretty golden color. It's best to eat them hot, but they reheat pretty well, too.


Chara said...

Next time you're in Nashville you should go to the Copper Kettle Restaurant across the street from Lipscomb. They have a few different salads that come with a giant ball of fried goat cheese. I have to say that it is one of my favorite things to eat, anywhere.


Julie said...

Laura, the fried goat cheese sounds so yummy! I may have to try it for a little post-Valentine treat. And we didn't know you were ordering our coffee. Thank you! And thanks for the plug on your blog. You are such a kind and generous friend. We appreciate your support more than you can imagine. We love you guys.

J H said...

OHHHH I'd forgotten about that stuff! He's right, it IS fabulous. Now if only I can find some goat cheese at this hour...this will be made at our house by next week. Yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe!