Updated: Apr 10, 2020
Welcome back to Friday night gourmet! In this section of my blog I get to share my favourite cheeses with you. This week's pick is Blue Goat Gouda. I do like regular blue cheese, but what I love about this one is that it's slightly milder than your typical blue. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether you look forward to that blue cheese 'tang'. Blue goat Gouda is a Dutch, semi-hard cheese that pairs oh-so-well with dried or fresh fruit. Today I've paired it with figs and walnuts. The sweetness of the fruit nicely mellows out the sharp flavour of the cheese. The walnuts add, nutrition of course, and crunch.
Gouda cheese is a Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in Holland. Gouda cheese (made form cow's milk) is one of the most widely consumed cheeses in the world. You can find everything from young, 4 week old, which you might throw in your sandwich, up to 12 months (plus) extra-aged, which is full-flavoured and lovely with a glass of shiraz. This particular cheese is on the younger side but being both a goat and blue cheese, its flavour characteristics represent that of a more aged cheese.
From a nutrition stand point, Gouda is higher in vitamin K-2 compared to most cheeses. This is because k-2 is produced by the lactic acid bacteria used to ferment the milk. What is vitamin k-2 good for you ask? Several things! For starters, it's needed for bone health. Along with vitamin k-2, Gouda also contains calcium and vitamin D making it an excellent cheese for your bones. Vitamin k-2 is also thought to be anti-inflammatory and protective of the heart and brain. In addition, most cheeses are high in protein and low in carbs making them low-glycemic and satisfying.
Try serving the blue goat Gouda on a cheese board accompanied by dried fruit (i.e. figs or dates), fresh fruit (i.e. apples or pears), and nuts like walnuts, almonds or pistachios. Accompany it with your favourite wine or beverage; however, this blue pairs nicely with Sauvignon Blanc or Beaujolais.