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Today we explore another cheese for you: chevre!
What is Chevre?
Chevre is cheese made from the milk of goats, with the word chevre meaning goat in French. Our chevre is imported straight from France, so you know you’re getting the authentic taste.
This cheese almost resembles cream cheese. It is slightly crumbly whilst also being creamy and can have a strong goat flavor. This is somewhat fresh and grassy, with earthy undertones.
How is Chevre made?
Chevre is often made in France, but is now also made around the world. It is produced from goat’s milk which is brought to temperature and has cultures added. Rennet helps the milk to gradually coagulate over time. The curd is drained with a cloth until it is separated from the whey. The curds are then put into molds which are called faisselles.
Once the cheese is in the mold, it is usually salted, which helps the taste of the cheese to develop. Whilst the cheese can then be eaten fresh, it can also be aged. The cheese is usually placed on racks in a humid room so that the bacteria can mature and develop into a fine white, yellow, or brown mold on the rind of the cheese.
How does it taste?
Fresh goat’s cheese has a very delicate, slightly salty taste. As it ages, it develops a more tart, earthy flavor. Some people can be very divided on whether they like it or not, but we definitely recommend trying this cheese at different stages of the aging process, as you’ll find that it can be quite varied.
How should I eat it?
Creamy goat’s cheese is delicious in salads, bread, and pizzas. Although it will soften when exposed to heat, chevre does not melt as other cheeses do. It will add delicious moments of cheesy goodness to any dish it is melted onto. Try it grilled on the top of pasta dishes or simply bake it in the oven before spreading it onto bread for a quick lunch.
Goat’s cheese combines well with sweet flavors such as honey, figs or nuts. Try them together to see for yourself! You could cut up slices of apples or pears to eat it with or combine these in a salad. It also pairs well with savory vegetables such as caramelized onions, roasted beets or simply roasted tomatoes. Using it in tarts is another way to enjoy its creaminess as well as the flavor.
You can even use goat’s cheese to make desserts such as a unique cheesecake! Balancing it with honey and spices can create something truly unexpected. See if your guests can guess which cheese you made their dessert from.
What should I drink with it?
Fruity wines go best with the earthiness of the goat’s cheese. Try a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with fresh cheese or a Chardonnay with older cheeses. Fruity reds such as a Pinot Noir would work perfectly with the tart flavors of the cheese.
How do you like to eat chevre? Let us know in the comments!