Have You Tried: Goat Cheese?

by in Have You Tried, November 30, 2011
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Goat cheese: Have you tried it?

Goat cheese is tangy and full of flavor, yet some folks shy away from this creamy delight. Give it a try; you won’t want to miss out on this wonderfully versatile cheese.

What is Goat Cheese?
Also known as “chevre” (French for goat), goat cheese has a distinct tangy flavor. Made from (you guessed it) goat’s milk, it’s available in soft, semi-soft and firm varieties. Check labels when you can; some brands are made from a mixture of both goat and cows milk.

Some might consider it an acquired taste but the tangy bite and super creamy texture of goat cheese lends itself to all kinds of foods. Enjoy cold and crumbled over a salad or smooth and melty on a burger. Commonly shaped into logs or rounds, you might also find this delicate cheese rolled in herbs or spices – great for spreading on crackers.

Store fresh goat cheese in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic for up to 2 weeks.

Healthy Attributes
Goat cheese is actually lower in fat and higher in protein than many other soft cheeses. A 1-ounce portion has about 75 calories and 6 grams of fat. It also contains 5 grams of protein and about 5% of the daily recommendation for vitamin A and calcium.

Folks with lactose intolerance swear by goat cheese; some have an easier time digesting it than other types of cows milk cheeses. It does contain slightly less lactose, but those with milk allergies (a different condition than lactose intolerance) should still avoid it.

5 Ways to Love Goat Cheese

1. Add bite to a pizza

2. Crumble some over a green salad

3. Press some goat cheese into a quesadilla

4. Use it to flavor a turkey burger

5. Melt some goat cheese into a veggie frittata

Tell Us: Have YOU tried goat cheese?

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (1,084)

  1. Tonya says:

    I am a goat cheese fan! My favorite thing to do? Roast some tomatoes, then top them with goat cheese and bake until the cheese is soft… great as a dip or a sandwich spread!

  2. ladawn says:

    I love goat cheese on salads, pizza, and mixed with herbs on toast points, YUM!

  3. Bridet says:

    I toast sliced up bread with some olive oil. Spread with goat cheese, and top with a slice of pear. Finally sprinkle fresh rosemary, fresh ground black pepper and a drizzle of warm honey. Delicious appetizer!

  4. ALICE says:

    I PUT GOAT CHEESE IN MY OMELETS AND PEOPLE LOVE THE FLAVOR. JUST DON'T TELL THEM IT IS GOAT CHEESE!!!!!!!! YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID.

  5. Ashley says:

    Oven roasted sweet potato with goat cheese and sage is delicious!!

  6. Linda says:

    My kitties love chèvre. When I give them yogurt or cottage cheese they just look up at me with a look that says "What's this? This isn't goat cheese" and walk away from it. Sheez!

  7. Nicole says:

    Salad dressing. Blend chevre, pain (fat-free) yogurt, and almond milk. Serve over salad with greens, roasted beets, apples and pickled red onion. It's delicious!

    • velhobbs says:

      I have a dairy goat hers and make my own goat cheese every summer. Not only is the chevre awesome, but I can make swiss, cheddar, muenster, any cheese at all. My favorite is muenster, aged about 4 months.

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