Chevre Goat Cheese
Fresh chevre goat cheese is often the only form of goat cheese that people are familiar with. In fact, without any other qualifiers, the term "goat cheese" is commonly used synonymously to denote chevre.
Without a doubt, chevre is the hallmark of the world of goat cheese, and with good cause.
Named after the French word for goat, this soft, fresh cheese has a distinctive taste that epitomizes the unique flavors that the goat fatty acids impart to cultured goat milk products.
Easily located in most grocery store deli departments, chevre typically comes in 6-8 oz. size rolls or logs. You'll sometimes see it labeled as "French style," or "French type" goat cheese.
It has a texture similar to cream cheese, though slightly drier, and is lighter and fluffier &mdash more like the whipped cream cheese sold in tubs. In fact, you can usually substitute chevre in recipes that call for cream cheese or ricotta.
The degree of tartness varies greatly by brand. I have tasted some that are so tart that they were almost unpalatable, while others are so mild, there is almost no tang at all.
So, if you tried commercial chevre before, and didn't like it, don't give up! Search for another brand, or check out this article on How to Make Goat Cheese (Chevre). Chevre cheese is one of the simplest and least time-consuming of the goat cheeses to make. You almost can't go wrong!
Mixing in fresh herbs with chevre for a cracker or vegetable spread is an easy, excellent way to serve this soft cheese. However, there are many other terrific uses for it, as well.
For some delicious ideas for using chevre, check out Goat Cheese Recipes.
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