Although chèvre is not necessarily a French cheese, the word chèvre (the French word for goat) has become the common term to describe any fresh goat cheese. Why would they do this?
I read somewhere that it was basically a marketing technique that, at the same time, it created a brand for fresh goat cheese, which you might find in the grocery store, and it got people’s minds off of the fact that it is made with goat’s milk. As we all know, goat’s milk can be kind of gamey for “less worldly” or inexperienced cheese consumers.
As simply ordinary as “fresh goat cheese” sounds there exists within this category of cheese a ton of variety of different types of chèvre. There can be any number of different flavors ranging from very mild goat flavor to very strong goat flavor; and, often times much like this here featured cheese is made with seasonings to compliment the overall flavor. Monchevré alone produces chèvre in flavors like Lemon Zest, Sundried Tomato & Basil, Four Peppers, Peppadew, Honey, Cranberry Cinnamon, Natural, Garlic & Herb
So, next time you’re in the supermarket and want have a short yet fleeting French encounter: go directly to the cheese aisle and get only the best Chèvre. Sure, it may say on the label that it was made in Belmont, Wisconsin—which this cheese so happens to be—but let your imagination do the walking. Walk right over to the bread too because fresh goat cheese goes great with bread.
The taste is pretty decent and the goat flavor is definitely not that overpowering. You will need to be careful because there are varying degrees of intensity of flavor depending on the cheese manufacturer. Try a couple different flavors and find out which one is your favorite.
The crackers in these photos are actually really great. They are almond cheese biscuits from Daelia’s Biscuits for Cheese. The hazelnut ones are probably the best, but they are much harder to come by, however, they do carry them at Whole Foods Market.