Friday, January 30, 2009

GOAT CHEESE

There is so much to tell you about the cheese, that I jump around a lot trying to cover as much information as possible without boring you. Please excuse …….

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Goat cheese comes in a variety of  forms, but the most common is a soft easily spread cheese. Goat cheese is very popular in other parts of the world and is growing in popularity in this country.

Goat cheese has been made for thousands of years and was probably one of the earliest made dairy products. It is made in many countries the #1 being France, (called Chevre), then comes Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Greece, Norway, Italy and the US.

France has been making goat cheese since the 8th century. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the hero eats goat cheese with his wine. The most famous Greek cheese is feta.

The US is becoming a major producer of goat cheese, small producers are popping up all over the country producing a basic soft version of the cheese flavored with additional ingredients.

Goat cheese has a tangy flavor and can be very strong. Producers can control this several ways: nannies producing milk are kept away from the males and their diet is also controlled which produces a smoother flavor. The milk is often used by those who are young, ill, or have a low tolerance to cow’s milk. Goat milk is much more similar to human milk than a cow’s.

It is growing in popularity for several reasons, goat’s milk is leaner than cow’s so the cheese is leaner. Many dieters craving cheese, crumble it on their salad or melt it on cooked dishes. It also seems the goat cheese does not strain the heart as does some other cheese..because of it’s lower fat content.

For the above reasons in addition to the fact that goat cheese taste great, you should wander past the everyday cheese section and hunt down goat cheese for your next snack.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Honey

Creamy goat cheese is lightly dusted with pecans, honey and rosemary. These are so delicious, light, and refreshing, they could be served as appetizers or an interesting dessert, Spread them on your favorite crostini , bagel chips or melba toast and they go great on Sea Salt Chips.

ingredients

4 ounces goat cheese

2 ounces finely chopped pecans

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 springs fresh rosemary , minced

Divide the goat cheese into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Combine the crushed pecans and cinnamon in a bowl and roll each cheese ball in this mixture. Gently pat the balls into patties and place on serving tray and drizzle homey over the patties and sprinkle with rosemary.

balls of flavored goat cheese

I have more recipes to share with you for another day.

TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT!

SEE Y’ALL,

Barbara

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2 comments:

Shellmo said...

Goat cheese is my absolute favorite! I like to roast some garlic bulbs, spread the smooth garlic on crusty french bread, and then top it with some warmed up goat cheese. Yum....

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

I love goat cheese!