Goats are officially the new cats. For this segment of Around the World in $40, I set out to meet goats with amazingly bold personalities to find out how goat cheese is made!
It all started at an adorable farm, The Capra Gia Cheese Company, in Carrolton, Georgia. I was introduced to not one or two but 300 goats! They pranced from hill to hill, grazing on bamboo shoots and grass, all traveling in flocks, making noisy banter much like cliques from high school.
And just like school, the goats had a schedule. They knew exactly when to line up in files of 10 and enter the milking parlor. Once inside the parlor, they stood comfortably as the farmers milked them mechanically, disinfecting one udder to the next. The milk was then transported to the cheese-making room, where it went through several heating processes before being hung in cheesecloths overnight to create the creamiest, freshest batch of goat cheese you’ve ever had.
I got to use this farm-fresh goat cheese to make grilled pita flatbreads that will surely transport you to the Mediterranean.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Fresh goat cheese
1 pack pitas
Olive oil (heart of a Mediterranean diet)
1 sliced onion
Sliced kalamata olives
Halved cherry tomatoes
Preheat grill to a medium temperature.
Coat pitas with olive oil, and then spread basil pesto as the base.
Top with your favorite veggies. I’m using a Mediterranean combination with sliced onions, spinach, kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes.
Top the pitas off with our hero, fresh goat cheese.
Grill the pita flatbread with the top down for about 10 minutes, and enjoy!
- For stuffed goat cheese mushrooms, use you favorite type of mushroom, de-stem and then fill the caps with goat cheese. Grill the mushrooms alongside the flat breads, and enjoy as an amazingly easy party popper!
- Sweetened goat cheese is a healthy and delicious substitute for icing. Ice pre-made cupcakes with lemon-flavored goat cheese, topped with strawberry slices for a creamy, unforgettable dessert.
I had an amazing time at the Capra Gia farm. It’s quite an experience to witness where our food comes from and how it’s made. In case you’re wondering, yes, I got to play with baby goats and even got one named after me!