Crazy Mare Chevre

Crazy Mare Marinated Chevre

Basic chevre is a Crazy Mare favorite.  There are so many ways you can use this cheese depending on what you crave.  I must confess that I try to make this cheese only for special occasions because I could easily just sit and eat it all.  We like our chevre marinated in olive oil with fresh herbs.  It’s great spread on crackers or on top of your favorite salad or pasta.  But I’m getting ahead of myself because every cheese making event can be learning experience.  If I could put sound effects into a blog this is when the needle would be scratched off the record.

My first go at chevre this month was a disaster.  After 18 hours there had been no separation of the whey on top of the curd so I knew something wasn’t right.  I should have left it another 6 hours or so but instead I put my ladle in and wrecked the cheese.  With the second batch I added 2 drops of rennet and waited 24 hours.  Ah, yes success.

Then I ladled the curd into draining containers and waited a day.  On the second day I weeded the garden, that’s the great part about this cheese – I like it dense so I drain it for 4 days. On the 4th day I salted the top and put it in the refrigerator and on the 5th day added it into a marinade with herbs, garlic and olive oil.

Herb and Garlic Rolled Chevre

When you see the cheese out of the mold it is very dense, it mostly smells like the herbs and garlic you add it to.  Spread on crackers it has a slight mildly sour taste, sort of like plain yogurt, that is off set by the marinade.  It is smooth on the tongue.  If you just drain this same cheese for a few hours then add your salt and either roll on your favorite epicurean spice it’s a great cheese to pull out for guests.  Marinated chevre is another great freezable cheese for dinner parties.

Comments

  1. Love your herb and garlic crusted chevre! And the marinated chevre looks beautifully tasty too. We kept our first bit plain so I could get the best sense of the result… and now the remainder is due for some flavourings!

  2. My mouth was watering at your marinated version. We marinated some of ours too and I can’t believe how tasty it was!

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