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goat-cheese-rounds-recipe-video A Goat Cheese Recipe For 'The Rest of Us' Some people hear the words 'goat cheese' and immediately start gagging. It's not that it has a bad taste or bad reputation, but some people don't really want to try anything new. However, goat cheese recipes are becoming more popular nowadays. This is especially true since goat's milk is more easily digested than cow's milk, so it is better for people with lactose intolerance problems. Goat cheeseis also lower in fat than many other cheeses. It lasts about a month or so after it is opened, so it also has a longer shelf life.

Goat cheese, also known as chevre cheese, has a mild but distinctive flavor. It has been likened to feta cheese (which is also made from goat's milk, but has a different consistency) or a 'tangier' version of the cream cheese used on bagels. It isn't as salty as some other 'premium' cheeses. Because of its consistency and mild flavor, it can easily be seasoned to go along with any meal. Chef Didier is here to share his goat cheese recipe that makes a good appetizer as well as a gift.

Chef Didier's Goat Cheese Rounds

Ingredients:

  • Goat Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Sprigs of various garden herbs-sage, basil, thyme, rosemary, etc
  • Herbs in small dishes. Chef Didier is using cracked peppercorns, curry and hot paprika, but other flavorings can be used.

Directions:

  1. Roll the goat cheese into small balls in your hands. Goat's cheese is soft, so this won't be difficult.

  2. Roll the balls in the bowls of herbs. Again, goat cheese is soft, so it will 'pick up' the herbs well.

  3. Place in a small jar. A standard jelly jar will do just fine.

  4. Place sprigs in the jar alongside the goat cheese balls.

  5. Pour olive oil over goat cheese rounds.

Goat Cheese Rounds As a Gift

Chef Didier makes every recipe he uses look easy, but this recipe for goat cheese rounds actually *is* easy. Since goat's cheese is now found in the dairy section of many grocery stores, it isn't hard to find. Goat cheese roundsare also fun to make, and don't require a lot of cleaning up.

Like some of Chef Didier's other recipes, goat cheese balls make a good gift. The sprigs make great decorations, and the herbs will add splashes of color. Even if someone isn't a fan of goat's cheese or goat's milk, they will appreciate a gift that was made just for them!

As Chef Didier shows here, goat cheese recipes are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Bon Appetit!


Transcript

Bonjour, I am Didier, your French chef...When I go out to dinner with friends and family, I never bring flowers to somebody's home. I bring the goat cheese that I want to show you how to flavor today. You take some goat cheese in your hand and (rolling) make some little balls like that...that looks easy...and we'll flavor them with curry, cracked black peppercorn, hot paprika...you can improvise and use some diced herbs, diced olives, you can do with sun-dried tomatoes, (puts ball in bowl) look at that, is that cute or what? Take a jar...any jar you may want, from preserves or something you had in your drawers...(rolls the balls around in the bowls) and you get the goat cheese coated in the different flavors just like that...I don't know how they do it, look at that, somehow they just get all the different colors...(places balls in jar) and one by one, I like to mix the colors...here you go, just layer them differently and I like to always show off the herbs I get from my garden, so here's some basil, some thyme...and what's really nice is that you can see them through, (pointing at herbs in jar) like that's the basil...and next here is the sage, here we go...I'm going to put them upside down here...and I'm going to finish with the little guys (putting herbs in jar)...and you know that's a great present, inexpensive, it's fun to do and it's also personable, just like me...(pouring) here is olive oil...and just close it...and this present is worth a lot of love, so I hope you do it again for your friends and family...I am Didier, your French Chef...bon appetit!

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