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Vegan Appetizers

Gooey Fried Cheese Balls

Prep

15 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

24-28 minutes

Cheese balls. Are there any two words that go so perfectly together? I think not! These ooey, gooey fried cheese balls are the perfect snack or appetizer. They are made with a few simple ingredients and are so tasty that I bet you can’t eat just one. So let me teach you how to make cheese balls below…

Hands pulling apart a fried cheese ball

Hand picking up fried cheese ball from white bowl

Why you’ll love these fried cheese balls:

  • Quick Prep: The prep for these will only take you 15-minutes and you’ll have the whole thing done in under an hour 
  • Perfect Snack: These are an amazing snack or appy. Seriously I love to make these up when I’m craving some comfort food
  • Dip It: Pick your favorite dip for these bad boys. Whether marinara, ranch, whatever you want or have

Ingredient Notes: 

Cheese: You can use vegan or dairy cheese for this recipe. Use whatever is your preference. Each type of cheese will give a different flavor profile. Just make sure you can grate it! 

Seasoning: The mix of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes, makes these extra flavorful, however, feel free to experiment and use whatever you have on hand, or different amounts of each.

Knife cutting a cheese ball in a bowl

Hand dipping fried cheese ball in sauce

How to make cheese balls:

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, add cheese, eggs, flour, and spices. Use a hand mixer to combine.
  3. Scoop the mixture and roll into small balls, this should be approximately 2 tbsp worth. 
  4. Roll the cheese balls into the bread crumbs, evenly coating them. Place completed cheese balls onto the baking tray and set in the refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes until thoroughly chilled.
  5. As the cheese balls are set up, line another baking tray with a paper towel, to soak up excess oil from frying. 
  6. After, pour 6-8 cups of vegetable oil into a deep large pot. You will need about 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350-355F with a deep-frying or candy thermometer. If the oil is too cooler, the cheese balls will get soggy; and any hotter, they will be too dark and harden.
  7. Remove the baking tray from the fridge and carefully place 4 – 5 cheese balls into the oil. Cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on a paper towel.
  8. Serve immediately with marinara sauce and basil.

Bowl of fried cheese balls

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

What kind of cheese should I use? Use your favorite combination of cheeses or vegan cheese! Like classic cheddar, gouda, swiss, gruyere, Monterey jack, applewood smoked, provolone, etc!

How do I make this recipe vegan? To make completely vegan, replace cheese & egg with your favorite substitute. Add an additional 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast along with these substitutions for a more cheesy flavor, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

Storage: Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 7 – 10 days. Reheat in the oven to serve or enjoy chilled.

Dip: Use marinara sauce with basil, ranch, hot sauce, whatever you want. These are so good even on their own!

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Gooey Fried Cheese Balls

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24-28 minutes 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: American-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Ooey, gooey, and oh so delicious. These fried cheese balls are the perfect snack or appy. They can be made with any combo of your fav vegan (or regular) cheese too!


Ingredients

Scale

4 cups cheese or vegan cheese (grated)

2 eggs

4 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp chili flakes

1 cup bread crumbs

68 cups vegetable oil


Instructions

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, add cheese, eggs, flour, and spices. Use a hand mixer to combine.

Scoop the mixture and roll into small balls, this should be approximately 2 tbsp worth. 

Roll the cheese balls into the bread crumbs, evenly coating them. Place completed cheese balls onto the baking tray and set in the refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes until thoroughly chilled.

As the cheese balls are set up, line another baking tray with a paper towel, to soak up excess oil from frying. 

After, pour 6-8 cups of vegetable oil into a deep large pot. You will need about 2-3 inches of oil. Heat the oil to 350-355F with a deep-frying or candy thermometer. If the oil is too cooler, the cheese balls will get soggy; and any hotter, they will be too dark and harden.

Remove the baking tray from the fridge and carefully place 4 – 5 cheese balls into the oil. Cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve immediately with marinara sauce and basil.


Notes

Use your favourite combination of cheeses or vegan cheese! Like classic cheddar, gouda, swiss, gruyere, Monterey jack, applewood smoked, provolone, etc!

To make completely vegan, replace cheese & egg with your favourite substitute. Add an additional 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast along with these substitutions for a more cheesy flavour, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

Replace any spices with your favourite!

Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 7 – 10 days. Reheat in the oven to serve or enjoy chilled.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 28
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 142.2mg
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 13.3mg

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