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Here you will find everything you need to know about queso frito de cabra and its sweet variants, like the one and only fried goat cheese with honey. 

This is an article for the intrepid and heroic cooks, those who are willing to –symbolically– cross the Atlantic (or ask Santa to travel for them) to bring their family the most delicious, easy-to-make, and gourmet dish made of queso de cabra so they can say goodbye to the year with happy bellies.

Queso Frito and Appetizers in Spanish Dining Culture

In the heart of Spanish cuisine history, flavorful bites and small plates reign supreme, and the one that embodies this essence is queso frito de cabra. These bite-sized sensations, presented as fried goat cheese balls, are the epitome of Spanish appetizers.

The tapas tradition has a fascinating history, dating back to the 13th century. Legend has it that the concept originated when the King of Castile, Alfonso X The Wise, fell ill and to recover his doctor prescribed him to drink wine. He drank it accompanied by small bites to avoid the effects of alcohol and liked the idea so much that, after recovering, he ordered that in the inns of Castile wine be served with a solid bite to take to the stomach.

This custom evolved into what we know today as Spanish tapas, a delicious variety of small plates designed for communal enjoyment between glasses of wine or pitchers of beer. Whether it is true or not, the fact is that Spanish tapas deserved a mythical origin of royalty to honor as it should the happiness that today gives us all. 

Regarding the history of goat cheese or queso de cabra, Spain has always been a land of livestock farmers, and wherever there have been goats, cheese has been produced as a way of making the most of the sheep’s milk. From the Middle Ages to the present day it has been preserved as a traditional element that appears in numerous fiction books as part of the meals of its protagonists, as well as in cooking manuals.

In short, queso de cabra is a culinary bridge that connects the past and present of the Spanish appetizers tradition. Today, tapas in general and queso de cabra frito in particular are a fundamental part of Spanish social and gastronomic life. 

So cheers to a Christmas party and a new year with new traditions, cheeses and flavors. 

Crafting Queso Frito de Cabra: Step-by-Step Guide

Now, the reason why we gather here: the traditional fried goat cheese recipe to offer in our festive dinners only the best of Spanish tapas. 

  • Ingredients
  • Goat cheese balls 
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Bread crumbs
  • Olive oil (for traditional frying)
  • Olive oil spray (for air frying)
  • Instructions
  • Prepare the goat cheese balls: Start by shaping the goat cheese into small bite-sized balls. Make sure they are uniform in size for even cooking.
  • Prepare the batter: In separate bowls, place the flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs. This assembly line will make the coating process efficient.
  • Dredge the goat cheese balls: Roll each goat cheese ball in the flour until lightly dusted. Then dip them in the beaten eggs, coating them well. Finally, roll them in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently so they stick well.
  • Time to fry: Well, it’s time to pop the question… how to fry the goat cheese? You have two options, so it’s a matter of choosing your own adventure.
    • Traditional frying: Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the battered goat cheese balls in the pan. Fry until golden brown and crispy on the outside. Be careful, as this process is quick: about 1-2 minutes per side.
    • Air fry goat cheese: For a healthier touch, consider air frying. Preheat the fryer to 375°F (190°C). Place the coated goat cheese balls in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer. Spray lightly with olive oil. Fry them for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy, turning them halfway through.
  • Serve hot: Whichever frying method you choose, serve the fried goat cheese immediately while the goat cheese is hot and gooey inside, providing a delicious contrast to the crispy outer layer.
  • Pair with Spanish tapas: Queso frito de cabra is best enjoyed in the true spirit of Spanish tapas. Serve it with your favorite tapas, such as olives, cured meats or marinated vegetables, to create a truly festive dish.

Now, armed with this step-by-step guide, you’re ready to create your own batch of fried goat cheese balls, a perfect addition to your repertoire of Spanish-inspired culinary feasts.

Fried Goat Cheese with Honey: A Sweet Coveted Twist

And if that wasn’t irresistible enough, you can give it one more twist. To add an irresistible little extra to your queso de cabra frito, drizzle it with a touch of sweetness with honey and some caramelized onions. 

All you have to do is drizzle your fried goat cheese balls, while still warm, with honey and the previously caramelized onions. The marriage of creamy goat cheese, golden honey and the smooth spiciness of the caramelized onions creates the ultimate Spanish appetizer

To you, the queso frito con miel or fried goat cheese with honey, a dish that introduces a coveted bittersweet element for a standout addition to your Christmas spread.

Pairing Queso Frito de Cabra with Festive Accompaniments

If we are going to prepare a festive dinner we are going to do it right. While pairing makes perfection, here are some options for you to consider as accompaniments to your fried goat cheese balls. 

  • Spanish Wines: Opt for a Spanish red wine with robust flavors like Tempranillo or Garnacha. If you prefer white wine, a crisp Albariño or Verdejo can provide a refreshing contrast.
  • Beer: For a more casual and refreshing pairing, consider serving your queso de cabra frito with a nais jar of beer. A light lager or a Spanish-style ale can cut through the richness of the cheese, cleansing the palate between bites. Just like the essence of the Spanish tapas, beer is a drink made to share with others, perfect both for the holiday season.
  • Sangria: Embrace the festive spirit with a pitcher of classic Spanish sangria. The fruity notes of red wine, mixed with citrus and a hint of brandy, complement the flavors of queso frito de cabra. 

Cheers to a festive season filled with good company, unique flavors, and the joy of Spanish traditions!

A Visit to a Spanish Tapas Bar during the Holiday Season 

For an authentic experience, imagine stepping into a Spanish tapas bar during the holidays. For those families and groups of friends who don’t feel like cooking but want to get together and share delicious food, going to your best Spanish tapas bar near you is the way to go. 

Guaranteed, a good tapas bar will pride itself on its queso frito de cabra with honey. Plus, there you can find live entertainment and live music to immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere and an out-of-the-ordinary experience at the same time, all without lifting a finger. 

And for those of you lucky enough to be in Atlanta this New Year’s Eve, we have something special in store. Eclipse di Luna, the best Spanish tapas bar in Atlanta, sets the stage for a memorable New Year’s Eve. 

Eclipse not only regularly features the unique fried goat cheese with honey and caramelized onions on its tapas menu, but it also offers for New Year’s Eve a carefully crafted 3-course dinner that includes the pleasure of bottomless sangria and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. 

Plus, while you savor your tapas and enjoy the festive atmosphere, Eclipse di Luna goes a step further by offering live entertainment. A dynamic live band takes the stage from 21:00 to 00:00 to serenade you with lively tunes that will add an extra touch of vitality to your celebration. But of course, at 00hs the year ends but not the party: Eclipse di Luna will ensure that the rhythm continues well with a DJ set until two in the morning. 

So now you know, for those of you who want to farewell 2023 with a deliciously out of the ordinary experience, share this with your friends and let the magic happen. The preparations, folks, are over. 

Conclusion: Embracing Queso Frito and the Joy of Spanish Traditions During Christmas

A new holiday season is upon us and, with it, a new preparation for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve table. 

Traditions are traditions and while there are some dishes that cannot be missed (every family has its own), for those who want to innovate with a different touch, queso frito de cabra, a favorite among Spanish appetizers, is the perfect solution for the most delicious intercultural addition that globalization (or the culinary Santa Claus) has brought us.

Feliz año nuevo!

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