Goat cheese or chèvre is a great ingredient because of its creaminess that can make any food taste much better. However, some people don't want its distinct odor and sour flavor. For this reason, I have compiled a list of goat cheese substitute.
I have narrowed this list to include only cheeses that are a bit tangy, but not so much as goat cheese. In regards to creaminess, these dairy products can hold its own against the chèvre. Below are seven goat cheese alternatives:
Substitutes for Goat Cheese
Feta is renowned for its strong flavor that compliments numerous recipes around the world. Traditional feta is made from a combination of 30-percent goat milk and 70-percent sheep milk; hence the similarity in character with chèvre. However, unlike goat cheese, Feta has a different texture than goat cheese, and instead of melting in hot temperature it usually crumbles.
I love to use Feta because it's soft and less salty than goat cheese. It also has less saturated fat and fewer calories. There are also tons of dishes that blend well with Feta, especially Greek salads.
When choosing Feta, I recommend you first read these two important articles:
2. Yogurt Cheese
Many dishes use goat cheese only to give it a creamier taste such as the Goat Cheese and Arugula over Penne. If you simply just like that creaminess but prefer a less sour taste then use yogurt cheese as an alternative.
While some may argue that it isn't cheese because it did not come directly from animal milk, it's undeniable that yogurt's cheese-like consistency is very similar to melted goat cheese.
Yogurt cheese is also cheaper to make rather than buying goat cheese from your local store. Yogurt is also rich in potassium, B12, and other essential nutrients. You will also benefit from yogurt's probiotics which aid in digestion; as long as you don't bake the cheese.
If you want to know how to make yogurt cheese, I suggest you use this helpful guide:
3. Cream Cheese
Cream cheese, in my opinion, is the closest thing you can get to obtain the taste and texture of goat cheese. Both kinds of cheese have almost the same amount of calories and saturated fat; not to mention the sour tang taste they both share.
Aside from putting it on pastries, like a bagel, I also love to use them to add another layer of flavor to my meatball dish.
Cream cheese also lasts longer than most soft cheese like Feta, which lasts about 1-2 weeks when refrigerated. While cream cheese lasts for 3-4 weeks, I still suggest you consume it before the second week from the day you opened its lid.
If you still have leftover cream cheese in your refrigerator, here's how you can use them:
4. Ricotta Cheese
A good amount of Italian dishes features Ricotta cheese in them. However, you can also put them practically to everything from cheesecake to lasagna. I also later found out that in Italy, Ricotta served with honey is a traditional dessert. Exciting, right?
Typically made from sheep milk, ricotta cheese has a very similar tangy taste to goat cheese and has a low-fat content. However, Ricotta's texture is slightly firmer compared to goat cheese. I usually use this Italian cheese in dishes that is already laden with fat and high-calorie ingredients such as pastries.
Ricotta cheese is also a very versatile ingredient which is limited only by one's imagination:
5. Mascarpone Cheese
Goat cheese is great to use in desserts, however equally flavorful in sweet treats is mascarpone cheese. The two cheese's smooth and creamy texture is very similar. The only thing different between the two is mascarpone cheese is much sweeter than goat cheese.
One thing that you have to watch out is mascarpone’s high-calorie count that comes from its fat content. Just two tablespoon of this cheese already contains 120 calories. On the plus side, mascarpone do contain calcium, vitamin A, and sodium. In any case, mascarpone remains as one of my go-to cheeses when it comes to sweets and pastries.
Below is one of the most interesting ways you can do with mascarpone:
6. Blue Cheese
I love blue cheese's strong flavor that, in my opinion, is much refined than goat cheese, especially if the former is much older. Blue cheese is also much creamier and has a very arousing aroma. If you don't mind spending extra for a good cheese, then I suggest you use this one.
The treatment of molds in the veins and interior pocket of the cheese gives blue cheese its unique taste. Some of the most popular variant blue cheese options are Roquefort, Stilton, and my favorite Gorgonzola. And have I mentioned, blue cheese has one of the cheeses with the lowest calorie content.
If you are looking for recipes you can do with blue cheese, below is a good read:
7. Cottage Cheese
Last on the list is the smooth and creamy cottage cheese. Of the items in this list, I consider cottage cheese as my last option as a substitute for my goat cheese.
Some people still confuse cottage cheese and goat cheese as one in the same, but the simple truth is that cottage cheese came from cows.
While the two have very similar texture, you need to put some effort for cottage cheese to achieve the distinct qualities of goat cheese. First, you have to blend the cottage cheese in a blender or any food processor until it's perfectly smooth. You then refrigerate it until it becomes solid like goat cheese.
Cottage cheese is considered as one of the healthiest. Here is how other favorite cheese stacks up on this list:
Goat cheese remains as one of the best cheeses to use in some popular dishes. However, you can't prevent situations when they may not be available. If that ever happens, I hope that this list will serve you well.
If you want to learn more about goat cheese, I leave you with one of the most informative articles I found:
Do you happen to have any other goat cheese substitute? Share with us your cooking experience and don't be shy to write a comment below.