The use of goat cheese seems to have increased in popularity over the years. It is much more common now to see goat cheese on the menu at a mainstream restaurant. In my experience, the type of goat cheese used most frequently is chevre.
Chevre means “goat cheese” in French. As a result, it shouldn’t be surprising that true chevre goat cheese comes from France.
Here are a few fun facts from the web:
- There are at least 3,000 goat cheese producers and 60 dairy companies in France.
- France is the top producer of pure goat cheeses in the world
- France produced over 242 million pounds of goat cheese in 2011.
Texture & Taste
Chevre is soft, creamy, mildly tangy, and is perfect for crumbling or spreading. It’s versatility is precisely why chevre is showing up in so many menus and recipes.
There are SO many ways to eat chevre. You can:
- spread it on toast or crackers;
- slice it and dip it in breadcrumbs and fry it (perfect topping for salads);
- crumble it into an omelette or scrambled eggs;
- crumble it onto a salad; or
- mix it together with cocoa powder and a little sugar and make a delicious, sweet spread for toast or fruit.
- use it as one of a few cheese in macaroni and cheese (drool!).
Chevre melts reallllly well, so I am sure it would also be delicious in a grilled cheese sandwich.
Places to Purchase
Chevre is pretty mainstream now. You can likely find it at any grocery store in the specialty cheese section.
I am always looking for a mix of great taste and good price. For me, that means I usually get mine from Trader Joe’s, Sprouts or Costco.
(Top Photo: Deep Roots At Home).
(List of fun facts from here.)