Goat cheese, as the name suggests, is made from goat's milk. People these days have started opting for goat cheese for various reasons. Many people think that it has lesser fat content in comparison to cow's milk. However, this is untrue, as the fat content in cow cheese and goat cheese, is the same. The fat present in goat cheese is easier to digest, making it popular among health-conscious people.
People who are allergic to the lactose that is present in cow's milk, usually opt for cheese made from goat's milk. Moreover, the tangy taste that is found in goat's milk is what most people love. This kind of cheese has become very popular among people, with many people experimenting with its many recipes. Hence, let us take a look at some popular recipes.
Goat Cheese Preparations
Goat cheese is available in many variations and can easily be bought from the market. Nevertheless, making goat cheese at home is also a simple process. Usually, it is made by curdling raw milk, naturally, or by coagulating the milk by adding lemon juice or vinegar to it. Goat cheese is used in various dishes like salads, sandwiches, dips, and even in main courses.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
- 11 ounces, plain goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons, vinegar
- 2 extra-large eggs (2 whites + 1 yolk)
- 1 cup, olive oil
- 2 tablespoons, apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon, freshly ground black pepper
- A pinch of sugar
- Fresh white breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon, kosher salt
- 3 teaspoons, unsalted butter
- Olive oil, for frying
- Mixed salad greens
In a small bowl, take the two egg whites and beat them with a tablespoon of water. Cut the goat cheese into ½-inch-thick slices and put them into the bowl containing the beaten egg whites. Toss the mixture so that the cheese slices are coated properly with the beaten eggs. Once this is done, take the cheese slices one by one from the bowl and dip them into the bread crumbs. After each slice is coated with breadcrumbs, put them on a rack and place them in the refrigerator. Allow the coated cheese slices to chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another large mixing bowl, take the egg yolk and mix it with the vinegar, salt, and pepper. With a food processor, mix it together on a low-speed setting for one minute. Also, add a few drops of olive oil to this mixture a little by little, till the mixture thickens. Add the salad greens to this and mix well; keep it aside. Your salad is now ready. In a saucepan, heat the 3 teaspoons of unsalted butter and olive oil. Fry the chilled cheese slices in it until all sides turn brown in color. Add the warm cheese slices into the salad bowl, and serve.
Goat Cheese and Mashed Potato Recipe
- 4 ounces, Goat cheese (crumbled)
- 2½ pounds, russet potatoes (peeled and chopped into 2-inch pieces)
- ¼ teaspoon, ground pepper
- ½ cup, low-fat milk
- ½ teaspoon, kosher salt
- ¼ cup, extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup, plain yogurt
In a saucepan, boil 3 cups of water and put the potatoes in it. Cover it with a tight-fitting lid and cook over high heat. When steam begins to escape the saucepan, without taking off the lid, reduce the flame to its minimum, and allow it to cook for 20 minutes. Once this is done, discard the remaining water in the saucepan and cook the potatoes for a minute to make them dry.
In a microwave-safe dish, combine the milk, yogurt, and olive oil. Warm this mixture on high, for 30 seconds. Meanwhile, thoroughly mash the cooked potatoes and douse it with the milky mixture. Add the crumbled goat cheese and mix well. Garnish it with salt and pepper; serve hot.