It’s no secret that cheese is quite an important part of Italian cuisine. So it’s no wonder that there would be risotto dishes with cheese as its main ingredient. In this post, we’ll be featuring Risotto with goat cheese. But before we proceed to the yummy recipe, let’s discuss some factoids about Italian goat cheese.
Italy is one of the biggest producers of cheese in the world. And this dairy product can be made from the milk of different mammals, from cows to goats to sheep, even buffalo.
Despite the popularity of Italian cheese, in general, however, not many people actually dare to try cheese that aren’t from cow’s milk. This is especially true for goat cheese.
There’s this misconception that goat cheese is simply too pungent and has such a strong unpleasant taste. In fact, some people have used the phrase “Goat cheese tastes the way a goat smells.” to describe it. But does it really?
Regardless of the popular misconception regarding goat cheese, this dairy product is actually a very fine ingredient for many Italian dishes. It can be great for pasta sauces, salads, antipasti, and risottos. Although, not really the traditional version of the sauce, the creamy Italian carbonara can use fresh goat cheese instead of pecorino. And with plum tomatoes, goat cheese also makes for great bruschetta toppings.
So how does it really taste? It may not be as rich and creamy as mascarpone for cannoli, but according to culinary experts, it has a tangy flavor and a smooth texture. And contrary to popular belief, not all goat cheese is as pungent as you might think. Much like cheese from cow’s milk, the pungency of Italian goat cheese depends on the type as well as how or where it was made.
Besides, pungent cheese doesn’t necessarily mean “yucky” or unpalatable. After all, some blue cheeses are still among the most sought after dairy products in the world today.
There are over a hundred kinds of Italian goat cheese today, and they are produced in different regions all over the Italian peninsula. But according to maturity, there are three main types of Italian goat cheese and they are the following:
Now that you have some idea about Italian goat cheese, here’s one recipe of Risotto with goat cheese you can experiment with.