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November 18, 2012 5:29 PM
I have recently fallen in love with the stuff. It has a very noticeably different taste from cow cheese, a particular something I can't put my finger on..oh well.

Current favorite snack:
Wheat thins spread with a soft goat cheese, then small dollop of pepper jelly on top(i like pomegranate jalapeño but the good old tabasco brand one is good as well if you mix in red pepper flakes, or if you like less spicy pepper jelly).

Anyway, can anyone name pros/cons of goat cheese over cow cheese? Is it healthier/higher in fat/any difference at all? I love it but just realized I don't know anything about it.

Friends have said it's gross or unnatural, but if we're going by nature it's meant for baby goats, just like cow milk is meant for baby cows so unless you avoid all dairy I don't get that argument lol

Also, any other good uses/recipes for it? :D
November 18, 2012 5:47 PM
I love goat cheese! Humans have been making goat cheese for much much longer than they've been making cow's milk cheeses. It has about the same fat content as cow's milk cheese but a different fatty acid profile which is what gives it the distinctive taste. Nutritionally, it's almost exactly the same as other soft cheeses.

My favorite uses:
In salads with fruit and balsamic vinaigrette
Creamy goat cheese pasta with beef tips, pine nuts and spinach
Breaded and pan fried
Goat cheese and pesto quiche
Spread onto sandwiches, spinach, chicken, apple slices and goat cheese is really good
November 18, 2012 5:56 PM
yuck.
November 18, 2012 5:59 PM
my mexican restaurant has melted goat cheese dip for chips and it is absolutely delicious!
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November 18, 2012 6:01 PM
the 1st place i ever had it was in mexico and fell in love with it. I buy it all the time and will eat it with a spoon,lol.... I will make a spinach salad and place it on top.
November 18, 2012 6:46 PM
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In salads with fruit and balsamic vinaigrette
Creamy goat cheese pasta with beef tips, pine nuts and spinach
Breaded and pan fried
Goat cheese and pesto quiche
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These sound AMAZING and thanks for the info also =] glad it's not any worse than other cheeses because I love it!

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my mexican restaurant has melted goat cheese dip for chips and it is absolutely delicious!

That sounds awesome! The only time I've had it not cold was on a pizza as the only cheese on the pizza..Carraba's I think. It was amazing.



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the 1st place i ever had it was in mexico and fell in love with it. I buy it all the time and will eat it with a spoon,lol.... I will make a spinach salad and place it on top.

Sounds good, I'm pretty partial to feta on my salads maybe i'll try a combo of the two =]
Edited by victoriavoodoo On November 18, 2012 6:49 PM
November 18, 2012 6:52 PM
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spread with a soft goat cheese, then small dollop of pepper jelly on top


Rice crackers with the same are one of my favorite snacks.

I don't know of any significant difference in nutrients, but it's definitely good stuff. I would say that the difference in taste is that it is sharper or tangier than cows milk. Much in the way that plain unsweetened yogurt is to regular yogurt.
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November 18, 2012 6:55 PM
Pro: Goat cheese is delicious.

Pro: So is cow's cheese.
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November 18, 2012 6:57 PM
I had goat labane that was absolutely fantastic, but that may have been the small, family-owned dairy in the mountains vs. giant, industrial dairy thing rather than a difference between cow and goat cheese. For me the big difference is the price! Where I live, goat milk costs about 3x as much a cow milk.
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November 18, 2012 6:57 PM
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yuck.


Yup. The acidity in goat milk tastes the same as vomit to me. It makes me sad!
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November 18, 2012 6:59 PM
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I would say that the difference in taste is that it is sharper or tangier than cows milk. Much in the way that plain unsweetened yogurt is to regular yogurt.


That could be it!
November 18, 2012 7:00 PM
I've never actually had just goat milk, but I don't like cow milk so probably wouldn't like that either. All about the cheese here.

and have I mentioned goat milk FUDGE *dies* not that I should have that anymore i guess, a tiny square would most definitely put me over on sugar for the day.
Edited by victoriavoodoo On November 18, 2012 7:01 PM
November 18, 2012 7:05 PM
I like it, too. I agree that it's wonderful in salads, expecially good with beet salads.I love it mashed into sweet potatoes, and in the summer it's lovely with fresh figs and little crumbled pancetta on top.

You can also get some very nice hard goat cheeses, and I've also had a very brie-like goat cheese.

Some people think it's better for you than cow milk cheese because it desn't have casein, which can cause allergies (apparently).
November 18, 2012 7:07 PM
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Some people think it's better for you than cow milk cheese because it desn't have casein, which can cause allergies (apparently).


That's interesting, and thanks for more recipe ideas!
November 18, 2012 7:08 PM
bump. I've just started making goat cheese! And that's because I fell in love with a sample I had at a farmer's market of goat cheese with a jalapeno/fruit sauce!
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November 18, 2012 7:53 PM
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Some people think it's better for you than cow milk cheese because it desn't have casein, which can cause allergies (apparently).


That's interesting, and thanks for more recipe ideas!


Quick note: Not 100% true. Goat's milk and sheep's milk have much lower levels of casein, but they are not free of casein. (One of my friends has a very severe dairy allergy so I ended up learning a lot about cow vs. goat).

Also, I love goat cheese. I recommend trying the variety made with lavender.

Or cooking plain goat cheese into polenta and adding rosemary.
November 18, 2012 9:51 PM
I use several dollops in my scrambled eggs each morning, gives it a boost and makes them a little creamier. I cant eat cow dairy, but man i love goat products! :)
November 19, 2012 11:32 AM
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I use several dollops in my scrambled eggs each morning, gives it a boost and makes them a little creamier. I cant eat cow dairy, but man i love goat products! :)


hm, i put salsa on eggs wonder if that would conflict..
November 19, 2012 12:07 PM
I raise goats and make goat cheese, goat butter, drink goat milk, and, occasionally, eat goat meat. I love goats!!!
Goat dairy products are easier for many people to digest (over cow dairy). We started raising goats because our children were allergic to cow milk.
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November 19, 2012 12:10 PM
Goat cheese is typically very potent in flavor, ergo you may use less than the cow cheese equivalent.

However sheep cheese (monchego) > then all.

<3 cheese so much..
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November 19, 2012 1:01 PM
Yum, I love balsamic onion and goats cheese tarts and they aren't that bad for you either, calorie wise, cook your onions in a big splash of balsamic vinegar and veg stock til soft, put on top of puff pastry cook for 15 mins ish at 160 then add some sliced goats cheese and cook for another 5-10 mins. Delicious ! I'm going to have to have that tomorrow now ! Yum x
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November 19, 2012 7:11 PM
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Goat cheese is typically very potent in flavor, ergo you may use less than the cow cheese equivalent.
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That's a good point, I do find myself using less(not by much though..all cheese is just so good haha)



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Yum, I love balsamic onion and goats cheese tarts and they aren't that bad for you either, calorie wise, cook your onions in a big splash of balsamic vinegar and veg stock til soft, put on top of puff pastry cook for 15 mins ish at 160 then add some sliced goats cheese and cook for another 5-10 mins. Delicious ! I'm going to have to have that tomorrow now ! Yum x


That sounds amazing!!
Edited by victoriavoodoo On November 19, 2012 7:12 PM
November 19, 2012 7:16 PM
I love ALL cheeseblushing

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