DRUNKEN GOAT (cheese, that is)

Creamy, savory, earthy/goaty, with a slightly bitter and sweet finish, that describes the flavor of Mitica Drunken Goat cheese from my perspective. 

drunkengoatcheeseNo the goat did not drink yesterdays hops. The goat is actually not drunk at all. This cheese is called Drunken goat because it’s final fermentation stages occur while it is soaking in red wine.  The rind takes on the color, scent and a very slight flavor of the wine, while the inside remains white and creamy finishes it. This particular cheese originates in Spain and is a semi-firm. The extended aging period makes it less goaty than fresh goat cheese so it is an easy cheese to enjoy even if you don’t typically enjoy goat cheese.

This cheese pairs well with fruits and more mild veggies. My favorite way to eat it is with granny smith apples and sliced fresh fennel...super delicious. Walnuts seem to compliment its flavor really well also. I like it because it is not too heavy or cloying as some creamy cheeses can be.

goatcheesesandwichFrom a culinary perspective, drunken goat is lovely on a tapas plate, as appetizers, or dessert.  It’s also delicious as an addition to sandwiches (favorite veggie sandwich is walnut sourdough bread, drunken goat cheese, thinly sliced apples, thinly sliced fennel, arugula, cranberry or pesto aioli...totally scrumptious!).

From a health perspective, goat cheese is great. It is higher in calcium and Vitamins A, B and D than cow’s milk. It is also lower in cholesterol and fat. For people who are lactose intolerant goat cheese is a great option because it is easier to digest than cow’s milk. This is because goat cheese has less lactose, which also has a different chemical structure. The fat in goat’s milk is often more efficiently digested because the globules are smaller and typically, there are more short and medium chain fatty acids making it easier on the stomach. Goat’s milk also has a slightly different protein structure, which can make it less triggering for people with milk allergies.

Goat cheese is also a great source of selenium, potassium, and copper all of which are fundamental ingredients for nervous system health as well as strong bones and beautiful skin.