6 Mouth-Watering Ways to Enjoy Goat Cheese

Whether you're lactose-sensitive or just looking for a change, add these goat cheese varieties to your shopping list.

We could talk about cheese 'til the cows come home, but the dairy you should be paying special attention to is goat cheese. Logs of chevre are great, but there are so many other varieties out there waiting to be devoured.

Goat cheese isn't just tangier than cheese from cow's milk — it's actually healthier, too. There are lower lactose levels in goat's milk, and the smaller protein structure and finer curds make it easier to digest for people who are sensitive to lactose. Goat's milk also helps fight anemia with additional iron and also has more calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and B than cow's milk.

By buying goat cheese, you're also usually supporting smaller, more sustainable farms, because goats don't need as much room to graze and they produce more milk — a gallon per 70 pounds of feed — than the average cow.

Still not won over? Try one of these delicious ways to replace your favorite cow's cheese — be it blue cheese or Brie — with goat's cheese. Trust us: They can't be bleat. (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.)

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1 If You Like Manchego, Try Garrotxa

Like manchego, Garrotxa also hails from Spain. Its texture isn't quite as firm as the classic Spanish cheese, and has a little more of a grassy flavor and tang, making it perfect to pair with Brussels sprouts tacos with caramelized shallot salsa.

Buy Garrotxa ($27.99/lb) and grab the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

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2 If You Like Cream Cheese, Try Snøfrisk

Snøfrisk is a Norwegian spreadable cheese reminiscent of cream cheese, with all the added health benefits of goat's milk. Use the plain version of the Norwegian specialty as a substitute in your favorite cheesecake recipe, try other flavors like horseradish or dill with smoked salmon for breakfast, or add a smear on some blackened salmon burgers.

Buy Tine Snøfrisk ($5.99) and grab the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

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3 If You Like Brie, Try Bonne Bouche

Bonne bouche is a robust, smooth cheese that will remind you of Brie, but it's even more oozy and delightful. It gets added earthiness from the ash-ripened rind, and is the ideal cheesy addition to roasted beet and baby kale quiche. Another Brie-like option is Vermont Creamery's Coupole, which has a buttery rind and a sweet-cream center.

Buy Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche ($15.50) and grab the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

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4 If You Like Caramel, Try Gjetost

OK, we know what you're thinking — caramel and cheese? This caramelized goat cheese will satisfy your sweet tooth without all the added sugar and calories. The intense butterscotch-caramel flavor and fudgy texture is unlike anything you've ever tried before, and its pronunciation ("yay-toast") captures our feelings perfectly. Top toast or whole wheat waffles for a little morning indulgence, or eat a slice of the Norwegian brown cheese alone for dessert.

Buy Ski Queen Gjetost ($8.99) and grab the recipe from A Sweet Spoonful.

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5 If You Like Feta, Try Humboldt Fog

Humboldt fog isn't quite as salty as feta, but has a similar crumbly texture. The California favorite has a buttermilk-citrus tang that is blue cheese-adjacent, and a creamy exterior layer reminiscent of Brie. Its ash-ripened center and edible mold rind add a hint of funkiness, which balances well in a whole-wheat orzo salad with sweet grilled pears.

Buy Humboldt Fog ($29.99/lb) and grab the recipe from Cookin' Canuck.

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6 If You Like Blue Cheese, Try Bleu du Bocage

This French cheese is so rich that it's almost meaty, yet sweet like ice cream at the same time. The balance of spiciness and acidity adds a punch of flavor to lightened-up blue cheese dressing, or you could add chunks of it to a salad before tossing with a vinaigrette.

Buy Bleu du Bocage ($40.99/lb) and grab the recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.

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