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For the Love of Goat Cheese

For the Love of Goat Cheese

how to serve goat cheese

August is National Goat Cheese Month!

Goat cheese is a soft cheese made from the milk of a goat whereas other cheeses are traditionally from the milk of a cow. Various types of goat cheese offer different textures, making them either crumbly or spreadable. So if one type doesn't suit your fancy, experiment with others.

There are a lot of health benefits that come with eating and cooking with goat cheese. For those who cannot digest cow's milk cheese, (lactose intolerant), try goat cheese. Milk from goats is very easy to digest and is often suggested as an alternative for cow's milk. In fact, a recent study of people allergic to cow's milk found that nearly 93% could drink goat's milk with virtually no side effects!

 Goat Cheese Benefits

Probiotics: Goat cheeses contain moderate levels of probiotics, the "good" bacteria that aid gastrointestinal health.

Digestion: People who are lactose intolerant (about a quarter of the American population) are sometimes able to tolerate goat cheese even if they have problems digesting cow's milk cheese. Even those who don't have a lactose intolerance might find that goat cheese is more easily digested.

Calcium: The amount of calcium in goat cheese can vary from around forty grams per ounce in soft cheese up to 240 grams in hard goat cheese. Hard goat's milk cheese is slightly higher in calcium than cow's milk cheese, which contains about 200 grams per ounce in the hard version.

Sodium: Goat cheese contains approximately 104 mg of sodium per 1 oz. serving, while the same serving of cheddar cheese contains 176 mg.

Type of Fat: Goat cheese contains more medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) than cow's milk. MCTs have been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Calories: One ounce of goat cheese contains approximately 70 calories. One ounce of cow's milk cheese contains approximately 110 calories.

Versatile: Goat cheese is extremely versatile and can be used as a substitute in most recipes that call for cow's milk cheese.

Goat Cheese Serving Ideas

  • Crumble goat cheese on a salad of romaine lettuce, diced pears and pumpkin seeds.
  • Crumbled goat cheese is a wonderful rich topping for creamy soup.
  • Add extra taste and protein to a sandwich by including some goat cheese.
  • Soft, spreadable goat cheese is an exceptional accompaniment to crusty whole grain bread or crackers and fruit.
  • Top sliced tomatoes with crumpled goat cheese and fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Spread goat cheese on baguettes, top with fig jam and chopped pistachios. Slice baguettes into quarters and serve.

Stop by the Deli Department in your local Fiesta Mart and check out the varieties of goat cheese we have to offer. You may find a new favorite cheese for every day use and elegant entertaining.

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