Goat’s cheese is versatile, perfect both hot and cold, based on personal preference. Served cold, it’s ideal on a cheeseboard with crackers. When heated, it softens and intensifies in flavor, suitable for dishes like risotto or gratins. It’s a matter of taste, with no one way being superior.
Can Goat’s Cheese Be Cooked?
I am constantly surprised when people are not aware that goat’s cheese can be cooked.
However, to be fair, perhaps your experience of it is just on a cheeseboard with crackers.
And even then, you may find the flavor (and smell!) a little overpowering.
But I can assure you, it’s delicious in many hot dishes.
It melts easily, adding a creamy, soft texture to any recipe.
If you are unsure where to start, try simply sprinkling some crumbly goat’s cheese over tomato sauce and baking for approximately 20 minutes.
Delicious for dipping crusty bread!
Make sure you remove the cheese from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking for the best results.
However, if you are expecting to melt in the same way as mozzarella or cheddar, becoming increasingly liquid, that doesn’t happen with goat’s cheese.
It just softens but retains its texture, ideal if you want to top a dish with slices of cheese.
One aspect I do need to mention is that the “goat” flavor can become more intense when the cheese is cooked.
So, if you are not that keen on cold goat’s cheese, then heating it is unlikely to change your mind!
Are There Any Health Benefits to Eating Goat’s Cheese?
If you are a fan of goat’s cheese, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn it has several health benefits.
And these apply whether you eat it hot or cold!
As it is made from goat’s milk, not cow’s milk, it is lower in calories and fat.
The fatty acids can help you feel fuller, so you are not tempted to snack.
Goat’s cheese is an excellent source of calcium, protein, and other required nutrients.
These include selenium, potassium, and zinc.
Goat’s milk has only one protein, known as A2 beta-casein, which makes it easier to digest than cow’s milk.
If you suffer from lactose intolerance, which is typically made worse by cow’s milk products, then goat’s cheese could be a good option.
But please consult your health provider if this is a concern.
It also contains beneficial probiotics that help with your gut health.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
- Both hot and cold goat’s cheese are equally delicious, it is down to a personal choice
- It is served cold with crackers, salad, and fruit, typically as part of a cheeseboard
- Hot dishes include goat’s cheese tart, lasagne, pasta, risotto, or gratin
- When heated, goat’s cheese softens rather than melts, giving it a softer texture
- Cooked goat’s cheese intensifies in flavor, which not everybody will enjoy
On a similar subject, find out if you can eat cooked halloumi when it has gone cold.
How do you think the texture and flavor of goat’s cheese change when it is heated?
Let us know in the comments below!