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8 Easy Goat Cheese Recipes

Updated on September 21, 2012

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Goat cheese, also known as chèvre, the French word for goat, is one of the most versatile ingredients I know. It comes in many forms, from fresh, soft and almost sweet to aged cheese so hard and pungent you'll want to grate it on pasta like parmesan. It can be used in so many ways, in every course from breakfast and appetizers to dessert, flavored not.

Plus, the size of goat milk molecules makes it easier for humans to digest than cow's milk. All the more reason to grab some goat cheese next time your at the market and try some of these uber-easy recipes.

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Soft goat cheese rolled in herbs & spices

Here's a simple recipe for a small appetizer that makes a big impression. For this you'll want fresh but firm goat cheese, either small rounds of a roll that you can cut in slices. Choose your toppings. Here, from front to back, I've used crushed pepper, chopped walnuts, smoked paprika, chopped chives, toasted sesame seeds and chopped raisins. You might want to try these for a start, then experiment for yourself. The French do it with lie-de-vin the dried grape residu from the bottom of wine barrels, but that can be hard to find. In fact, I couldn't even find the English translation for it!

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Goat cheese with olives and anchovies

Here's another taste-packed appetizer using goat cheese, even easier than the first. Simply cut in two goat cheese rounds of your choice (though not too aged or they'll crumble and the taste may overwhelm the olive and anchovy, strong though they be) and spread green & black tapenade (olive paste) and anchoiade (anchovy paste) on them. Put the top back on and there you have it. There are usually more olive lovers in an assembly than anchovy lovers, so keep that in mind when planning amounts.

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roasted tomato & goat cheese crostini or bruschetta

These crostinis or bruschettas make wonderful appetizers, or you can serve them with a salad for a lunch. Slice tomatoes and place on a shallow but rimmed baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, thyme and oregano. Roast until juices have started to cook out and tomatoes begin to caramelize. Meanwhile, toast rounds of bread and rub with garlic and olive oil. Place a leaf of basil on each, a slice of either fresh or medium creamy goat cheese and, when ready, the tomato slices. They're ready to go.

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Fresh goat cheese with honey and walnuts

Now here's a nice change from yogurt in the morning, and a great way to serve goat cheese for breakfast or as part of a brunch. Fresh goat cheese sometimes comes salted. Try to get unsalted for this if you can. Then simply drizzle with honey and top with toasted walnuts. This one couldn't be easier.

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Goat cheese marinated in olive oil and herbs

If you find yourself with a great deal of (or a great deal on) goat cheese, here's a way to keep it for a few weeks or make gifts. Goat cheese preserved in olive oil costs a fortune in gourmet specialty shops, but it's really very easy to make. Use firm goat cheese but not too aged or the taste will be too strong. simply fill a jar with goat cheese, herbs of your choice and olive oil and seal. Keep in a cool spot for two weeks (but don't refrigerate) before serving. For details and tips, see my dedicated video hub on this one.

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Individual Goat Cheese Pies

These little pies are simple to make with your favorite pie dough or pre-rolled flake pastry pie shells. Roll out dough, place rounds of creamy, medium aged goat cheese on dough. Place more rolled out dough on top. Using a bowl or large cookie cutter. Cut out around cheese. Wet edges so they'll stick together. Using another slightly smaller glass or bowl, press into dough around cheese, but not all the way through. Bake until golden. Serve with a salad.

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Phyllo dough goat cheese surprise

On a similar note is this pretty little starter. Slice a round of creamy, medium aged goat cheese in two and stuff with basil. Place on a round of phyllo dough. Tie up phyllo dough with string and, if desired, a chive soaked in hot water for decoration. Bake in slow oven until phyllo is golden and cheese has started to melt.

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Goat cheese quesadilla

Goat cheese makes for an unusual but tasty change in a quesadilla. Use creamy, medium aged cheese that melts easily for this one. Place a flour tortilla in a skillet over low heat. Crumble or spread cheese over tortilla and let it melt or soften and heat through. Serve with your usual Mexican condiments and avocado, or, for a further French twist, add a spoonful of hot ratatouille!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hope you can find some--or make some--Vespawoolf!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've heard they make it in the small towns. I'll have to see what I can come up with. At least I could make some fresh cheese at home. It's not too difficult. Who knows, I might even be able to find some goat's milk!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Vespawoolf. How about sheep's cheese in Peru?

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I envy the fabulous goat cheese you have in France! All these recipes sound flavor-packed and fabulous. Goat cheese is hard to come by in Peru, but maybe I could adapt this to cow cheese in the meantime. : )

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Ha ha, oops. Well Attikos, the farmer's market should get you the best goat cheese around. It'll be supermarket stuff anyday, and you can ask advice on what kind to get for the various recipes. Happy shopping!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Unknown spy, if I remember correctly, you hadn't tried fresh figs either. Try them together. They're wonderful!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Yougotme. I'm glad I cook turn you on to goat cheese! I bet you can find it in Manila.

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      Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

      Actually, Letitialicious, I'm one o' them much maligned Southern white boys, just one with an old interest in classical history. Attikos is a nom de net I adopted many years ago. We have some small goat herds around here, though, and I think they sell their cheese at the farmers' market. I'll look for it there tomorrow.

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Vintagetreasures. I sure hope this does the trick. You know what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      I'm glad you spotted the resource aspect, that's what I was aiming for! Fresh goat cheese marries wonderfully with honey and walnuts. Don't forget to toast the nuts lightly to bring out their flavor before serving!

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Yes do, Attikos. Your name sounds very Greek, I bet you know just where to find goat cheese!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I never tasted goat cheese recipes before. but it sounds so delicious and tempting to try..

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 4 years ago from Manila

      This hub will be definitely bookmarked. It's my first time to read something about goat cheese. Great hub!

      And all the photos are making me hungry. :))

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      Terri 4 years ago

      I'm always looking for something different for my doesn't-want-to-eat-breakfast eight year old and this just might be it. I'm definitely adding goat cheese to this week's shopping list!

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      These all look so good! The goat cheese drizzled with honey and topped with walnuts is a must try. Great go to resource!

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      Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

      You made my mouth water. Now I've got to go out and find some firm goat cheese ...