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Friday, August 12, 2011

Homemade goat cheese and what to do with it

First you'll need a goat. 
I am lucky enough to have a friend who owns goats and gave me some goat milk after goat-sitting while she was out of town. I decided to make the milk into delicious cheese. Yum Yum Yum. If you don't own a goat or have a friend with a goat you can buy goats milk here.

Aside from the goats milk these are my other ingredients: 
- Cheese cloth
- Lemon OR Lime juice
- Fresh garlic 
- Fresh parsley 
(or really just any other herbs that you desire, that's just what I have in my garden)

Step one: Boil milk on medium heat until it reaches 180 degrees farenheit
Step two: Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of citrus juice (that was my measurement with 32 ounces of milk). It will begin to curdle. 
Step three: Layer your cheese cloth about 3 or 4 times and place in a strainer over a bowl.
Step four: Pour your milk into the cheese cloth
Step five: Tie up your cheese cloth and let it hang over the bowl
Step six: Drip, drip, drip... for about 1 hour. 
Step seven: Remove cheese from cloth and add in your desired ingredients. For me it was garlic and parsley
Step eight: Eat and enjoy. Eat and enjoy on everything :) 

I used the goat cheese to make some fantastic grilled goat cheese sandwiches
I used extra sour rye bread and placed spinach, ham, and horseradish mustard on one side - goat cheese on the other. I grilled them in a frying pan with light butter for about a minute on each side. It was a delightful combination. 
 I have decided that I need to buy a goat. 

Aside from mouthwatering grilled goat cheese sandwiches you can put goat cheese on a plethora of dishes. 

Ways To Enjoy Soft Goat Cheese:

  • Spread on toast or bagels. 
  • Substitute for cream cheese in dips. 
  • Swirl or layer with pesto to spread on crackers.  
  • Top green salads with crumbled cheese, or with slices briefly warmed in the oven.  
  • Use goat cheese in lasagna.  
  • For a simple pasta sauce, mix goat cheese with pesto.  
  • Slice goat cheese, warm in the oven, arrange in a pool of chocolate sauce on a dessert plate, and sprinkle with chopped nuts. 
  • Use in place of sour cream on baked potatoes. 
  • Arrange whole or sliced plain goat cheese on a serving plate. Sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs of your choice and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil or vinaigrette. Serve with crackers or bread. 
  • Place two whole or split a 5-ounce goat cheese round in a pint jar. Add garlic, cloves, parsley, a few peppercorns, a spring of thyme, and 1/2 of a bay leaf. Cover all with extra-virgin olive oil and let sit for a few days. Serve with crackers or bread. 

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Lisa said...

Holy cow... or should I say goat. That easy huh? I've been wanting to make homemade cheese ever since I read Animal Vegetable Miracle. Now you've definitely inspired me!

Homemade Addictions said...

I love how easy soft cheese is to make. I really want to try my hand at hard cheese one day.

Right now I have really been wanting to make goats milk soap. I will have to check out your link. Thanks

Nikki said...

OH my gosh! That is amazing. Goat cheese is by far my favorite! I know I'm not supposed to eat it while preggo but I cheat sometimes. I can't even imagine how much better the homemade must be. How do you have time to experiment in the kitchen so much! I so wish i could do that. I could spend almost all day in the kitchen. You're such an inspiration!

elenareviews said...

Goat cheese is very tasty for me. My eldest daughter loves to eat goat cheese with fresh strawberries at breakfast.

the cape on the corner said...

oh man, i love goat cheese. jealous of your goat access!

Reign said...

I have never taste a goat cheese in my entire life... How was it? Maybe it really tastes good..

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