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bwillia Mar 28, 2007 02:23 PM

Wondering if you can make a mac and cheese with goat cheese and if so, does anyone have any good recipes for it?

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    cheesemonger Mar 28, 2007 03:44 PM

    I assume by "goat cheese" you mean the white, plain stuff in a cylinder? There are literally hundreds of cheeses made from goat's milk of all types and textures, so you are asking a more complicated question than you think.

    My advice, if goat's milk is the issue- find a goat cheddar, and use any recipe you like. The kind of chevre you are probably thinking about isn't a particularly smooth melter, and the water content is much higher than the cheddar types, resulting in a watery dish.

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    1. re: cheesemonger
      othervoice Mar 28, 2007 05:37 PM

      My Mom would always mix several different cheeses for mac&cheese. Don't remember any of them coming out bad. It was a great way to use up the ends. Now I purposely by the end piece packages at the market, cheap and good.

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      another_adam Mar 28, 2007 03:38 PM

      I often add a creamy/white cheese component to my mac & cheese (even a bit of cream cheese, if nothing else on hand), it works great. Just be sure to add the cheeses to the roux after you take it off the heat, or they'll curdle/"break". The Alton Brown recipe is indeed a good starting point; there have been some recent CH threads in this board about sauce technique, if you can get the search function to work for you. :) Since goat cheese is a very specific taste, I'd keep the rest of the flavor profile relatively simple (cheddar, etc.) Maybe a bread crumb and nut topping would go well with the goat cheese!

      1. ballulah Mar 28, 2007 02:54 PM

        Once you get your roux going and your milk stirred in, go nuts with different cheeses. Goat cheese is a strong flavor, so I'd use it as an accent rather than a main ingredient. I had an assortment of cheeses leftover in my fridge threatening to go to waste, and crumbled them all into a mac and cheese with a cheddar/jack base. The most interesting was the little piece of gorgonzola that seemed to flavor everything.

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          flipkeat Mar 28, 2007 02:36 PM

          http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com/art...
          Here's another one that looks good..I think I'll give this one a try soon..Mmm

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            flipkeat Mar 28, 2007 02:33 PM

            Haven't tried this myself but it looks good. Go have a look and see for yourself..
            http://www.astray.com/recipes/?show=Y...

            1. krissywats Mar 28, 2007 02:29 PM

              I use Alton's stove top recipe and use all kinds of different cheeses. Just go here and sub any cheese you wanna try. I think goat cheese mixed with another milder cheese would make a very interesting dish!

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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                Big Sausage Mar 28, 2007 02:33 PM

                I think as long as you have cheddar as your base you can most any cheese that would melt and blend. I often use feta to give the dish a little bite.

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                  krissywats Mar 28, 2007 02:48 PM

                  my fav is a handful of gorgonzola!

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