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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  3. mommajo says:

    I guess I'm in the minority here…don't like it at all!! I LOVE feta, but there's something about the flavor in goat cheese that I just don't like! (It's tastes "goaty" to me!) I don't like cilantro either – maybe there's a correlation!

  4. stephanie says:

    I am a long-time fan of goat cheese. I mix it with mixed Italian herbs, then stuff chicken breasts with that combination and some sun dried tomatoes. I close the breasts with kitchen twine, or toothpicks whatever's handy. In cold weather, 3 minutes a side in a hot fry pan and then the oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes. In summer, I just throw them on the grill. Feta with Greek herbs and the tomatoes also works well.

  5. Tracie says:

    We love goat cheese! We like it with small canned white beans (drained) a splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar, minced shallot and chopped fresh mint and oregano with the goat cheese crumbled in chunks. The goat cheese mixes in with the oil and vinegar to make a light creamy dressing. You can use feta instead but it makes for a different flavor but just as delicious. We also enjoy "drunken goat" cheese on toasted baguettes.

  6. Linda says:

    I love goat cheese!! I have it with cooked spinach and a little lemon juice.. Just cook the spinach, sprinkle with lemon juice, top with the goat cheese, and fold some of the spinach over top the goat cheese. Quite tasty!!!

  7. Spiritfoods says:

    I've tried goat milk, but never goat cheese…

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