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Try Our Favourite Goat Cheese Recipes from Provence

With superhighways, fast trains, and air travel, it is hard, if not impossible, to imagine a time when the well-stocked grocery store did not exist. The Provencal culinary relationship with goat cheese or chevre is centuries old and continues today. Listed below are several of our favourite goat cheese recipes for your enjoyment.

Goat Cheese and Provence

Some parts of Provence still offer a glimpse into the region’s agricultural past and traditional animal husbandry (learn about the transhumance and pigeonniers). Although agreeable for much of the year, the Mediterranean climate in the South of France is extreme. Summers are generally hot and dry. The winter months are sunny and cool or even cold at higher elevations. In contrast, spring and late fall have a mix of sun, rain, and wind. So, large animals like cattle suffer in this environment, whereas goats and sheep can adapt. So, it’s common in more rural parts of the region to see sheep and goats grazing in the fields.

Goat cheese, or “chevre” as it is known in French, is ubiquitous in Provence. There are many different types, different shapes and different colours.

Buying Goat Cheese

Fresh goat cheese is white, creamy, spreadable, and often found in a log, sometimes decorated with flowers or herbs. Soft-ripened goat cheese can have a natural or “bloomy” rind. The natural rind occurs when the air dries the outside of the cheese, creating a soft crust. To create a “bloomy” rind, the cheese maker coats the outside of the cheese with penicillium candidum, making a “fuzzy” edible rind. Soft-ripened goat cheeses are often covered in edible ash and are greyer.

Like blue cheese or cilantro, goat cheese is not every person’s favourite. However, generally speaking, the fresher (less aged) the goat cheese, the milder the flavour. I prefer the frais chevre, which is typically only a day or two old. It’s slightly stronger tasting than ricotta and is delicious on salads. So enjoy this selection of recipes made with goat cheese.

Starters and Snacks with Goat Cheese

A delicious tart made with goat cheese and leeks can be enjoyed any time of the year!

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart
This light tart recipe is the perfect accompaniment for a crisp glass of Provencal rosé on the patio or by the fire. No matter what the weather is like, this savoury and creamy tart is absolutely delicious. With leeks and goat cheese being easily accessible in most regions year-round, make this tart with a fresh green salad for a dish that is sure to impress. Make sure to allow enough time for your dough to rest before using it.
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Leek Goat Cheese Tart

A tomato olive tart made with goat cheese that can easily be prepared as a starter course.

Tomato Olive Tarts - Appetizer
There are a few steps to this recipe, but don't be put off. There is nothing complicated, and you will love the result. As a bonus, the little tart shells are a bit like savoury shortbread so you can serve those on their own. And, if you make too much olive tapenade, it will keep for a few days in the fridge.
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Appetizer Tomato Olive Tarts Shells

Zucchini flowers stuffed with artichokes and goat cheese can be eaten with a salad.

Zucchini Flowers Stuffed with Artichoke and Goat Cheese
Zucchini flowers are one of the delicacies of Provence. They are best stuffed with a young, mild goat cheese that won’t overwhelm the delicate flavour of the flower. Pair the dish with a delicate, dry Provence rosé.
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Zucchini Flowers Stuffed Artichokes and Goat Cheese

A flavorful tart made with fresh tomato and goat cheese is perfect for sharing on a warm day.

Fresh Tomato Goat Cheese Tart
This easy-to-make tart combines flavourful tomatoes and tangy goat cheese in a pretty shape.
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Tomato Goat Cheese Tart @ATableenProvence

A quick and easy starter to prepare made with peppers and goat cheese.

Verrine Tricolore
This starter course is easy to make, you just need to make sure you have enough time to allow the three mixtures (layers) to cool properly so you can layer. 
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Verrine Tricolore Bell Pepper Goat Cheese

A fresh and delicious treat filled with goat cheese and tapenade best served with a glass of rosé.

Artichokes Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Tapenade
The combination of fresh artichokes, goat cheese and tapenade translates into "Provence in a bite" to be enjoyed with some chilled rosé.
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Provencal Artichokes Goat Cheese Tapenade Recipe

An effortless starter to prepare made with blue goat cheese, pears, and walnuts.

Goat Blue and Pear Timbales
This starter course is actually very easy to make, but you don't need to tell your guests. Enjoy this savoury combination of blue cheese, pear and walnuts.
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Blue Goat Cheese and Pear Timbales @Cocoa&Lavender

A quick appetizer to whip up for your guests made with goat cheese covered in herbs. It can be served with crackers!

Herbed Goat Cheese
This recipe is super easy to make, and you can vary the flavours slightly each time depending which herbs are in season.
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Herbed Goat Cheese

Zucchini flowers can be purchased at your local farmers’ market and filled with goat cheese.

Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Mint and Anise Seeds
In French this dish is Fleurs de Courgettes Farcies au Chèvre, à la Menthe, et Graines de Anis. This is a wonderful — and easy — welcome for summer guests. Buy your zucchini flowers at the farmers’ market in the morning, and store them in the fridge like a bouquet — with the stems in a glass of cold water — until you are ready to use them. Serves 4 as an hors d’oeuvre or light appetizer.
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Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms @ElizabethBard Recipe

Cook and season asparagus to cover a goat cheese and pastry tart.

Provençal Asparagus Tart (Tarte aux Asperges)
Light and crisp puff pastry covered in creamy goat's cheese, salty ham and topped with the season's best asparagus gently roasted to perfection.
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Provençal Asparagus Tart

Salads with Goat Cheese

A versatile salad can be served as a light main course, lunch dish, or salad. The salad is filled with baby greens, breadcrumbs, goat cheese, and pistachios.

Baby Greens with Fried Goat Cheese and Pears
Look no further if you're looking for a light main course for a warm summer evening. This recipe combines sweet, fresh greens with rich, creamy goat cheese for an impeccable combination that will impresses. Want to take it a step further? Pair this dish with a crisp, dry white wine and watch your guests fawn over your expertise.
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Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Pears

A green salad full of goat cheese, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes, and avocado drizzled in a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Chevre Chaud Salade with Lemon Vinaigrette
This salad is easy to prepare. Toast the pine nuts and make the dressing in advance so the final steps are just before serving.
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Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Another way to prepare zucchini flowers is with goat cheese, figs and ham! It’s a quick and easy tasteful dish.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Goat Cheese, Figs and Ham
Sadly, zucchini flowers and figs are only available for a short time in Provence, but if you can source both, this colourful creation will have your guests begging for more.
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Stuffed Zucchini flower with goat cheese, figs and ham @CooknwithClass #TastesofProvence

Main Courses with Goat Cheese

A delicious dinner to try for your next get-together! Chicken filled with goat cheese and served with a side of peppers and a sauce.

Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Red Bell Pepper Sauce
If you're looking for a dinner idea that's bound to impress, these stuffed chicken breasts are juicy and full of flavour! Not to mention, they're totally easy to make with a little love and patience!
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Red Pepper Purée

A variation of chicken cordon bleu curated with goat cheese, basil, and ham!

Chicken stuffed with Goats Cheese, Serrano Ham and Tomato
A very delicious variation of Chicken Cordon Bleu, the tartness of the creamy goat cheese paired with the fresh basil and serrano ham compliment and balance the moist and tender chicken.
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken @Masdaugustine

The perfect pasta dish; ravioli stuffed with herbs and goat cheese.

Purple Haze Ravioli
Delicate homemade ravioli stuffed with tangy goat cheese and herbs, served with lavender-rosemary-infused brown butter with Marcona almonds and candied orange peel.
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Purple Haze Ravioli #tastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender

Goat Cheese Desserts

Goat cheese can be enjoyed in the form of dessert too! A fig tart filled with breadcrumbs, walnuts, blue goat cheese, and figs.

Blue Cheese and Fig Tart Two Ways
This recipe is based on a blue goat cheesecake by Braiden Rex-Johnson found in her "Pike Place Market Cookbook." I made the dessert into more of a tart format, using the same basic ingredients.
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Blue Cheese Fig Tart

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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