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All about Goat Cheese

Fresh chèvre often overshadows other styles of cheese made with goat’s milk. From France’s Valençay to Vermont’s Bijou, here are 15 cheeses you should know.

By Published Apr. 15, 2021

Top Picks

Delicate, Bright, Versatile

Laura Chenel Original Fresh Goat Cheese Log

$7.99 for 8-oz log ($15.98 per lb)
Bright, Multi-Textured

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog

$40.00 per lb
Vibrant, lemony, Smooth

Valençay

$22.00 for 8-oz pyramid ($44.00 per lb)
Mild, Creamy, Wine soaked

Mitica The Drunken Goat

$26.00 per lb
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What You Need To Know

You can make a lovely, eclectic cheese plate using only goat cheese. That’s how much this category of cheese varies. Logs of fresh chèvre are lemony and spreadable. Some styles of goat cheese age for several months and are much firmer and quite complex, the natural sweetness of the milk turned nutty and caramelly in flavor. And plenty of other goat cheeses, having aged just a week o...

Everything We Tested

Domestic Goat Cheeses - California

Domestic Goat Cheeses - Indiana

Domestic Goat Cheeses - Vermont

Domestic Goat Cheeses - Massachusetts

Imported Goat Cheeses - France

Imported Goat Cheeses - Spain

Imported Goat Cheeses - England

Domestic Goat Cheeses - Wisconsin

Domestic Goat Cheeses - North Carolina

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Kate Shannon

Kate is a deputy editor for ATK Reviews. She's a culinary school graduate and former line cook and cheesemonger.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

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CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.