G is for Goat Cheese!!

I thought long and hard about this one…

Choosing something with the word “goat” in it tends to scare people off. I’m not sure why “cow” cheese sounds any better to anyone, but there are numerous people we’ve encountered who are reluctant to try goat cheese simply because it sounds “weird” or “gross”. They have no idea what they’re missing.

Choosing another cheese right after doing ‘Feta’ seemed a bit repetitive… or NOT… because they are COMPLETELY different tastes and textures. As different as a potato chips and pudding… at least in my opinion. The feta is salty and crumbly, while the goat cheese is soft and creamy with a hint of sweetness somewhere in there.

Choosing something a bit on the expensive side seemed the final barrier to choosing this ingredients. Garlic… Ginger… Garbanzo Beans… Greek Yogurt… all these options seemed they might be less expensive to add to any given recipe…

In the end, the goat cheese won out. It may not be the most budget-friendly ingredient, but we seem to find a place for it in our budget each month so I decided to go for it. We love it too much to pass up the letter “G” with anything else!

My first recipe…

Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

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And YES…

They were as good as they look… oh my goodness, I think I could eat this everyday…

THE RECIPE!!!!

THE SHOPPING LIST!!!!

Sorry, I’ll stop shouting… this was just really good and I’m excited to share it. Did I mention that we LOVE goat cheese around my house? Oh, well, we do 🙂

See? Here are my daughter’s enjoying their eggs with goat cheese…

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And they are two and one years old… we’re starting them on the goat cheese early 🙂

LET’S COOK!

Fry up your bacon… not too crispy, but crispy enough to crumble! Drain it on a paper towel. When it’s cool enough to handle, crumble it with your fingers into bite-size pieces (or use a knife if you prefer).

Use the same saute pan you fried the bacon in to cook the eggs. Just pour out the drippings, rinse it, and wipe it out.

Whisk 8 eggs and 2 TBSP milk together (I made a half batch as you’ll see in the photos). Sprinkle in 3 TBSP finely chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley, and some salt & pepper… then give it another whisk!

Heat your pan over medium-low heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted and the pan is well heated, pour in the egg mixture.

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IMMEDIATELY crumble in your goat cheese in small chunks. Then begin to scramble the eggs with long, slow strokes. Continue to do this until the eggs are just about set but still slightly wet. Then it’s time to remove the eggs from the pan! They will keep cooking on the plate!

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THE COST?

I usually go with the average supermarket price on ingredients, but buying goat cheese in bulk makes a HUGE difference!! We buy ours at Costco (two 10.5 oz logs) for about $7! That’s about 25% of the cost of goat cheese at the supermarket when it’s not on sale. DEFINITELY worth it!! If you don’t have the bulk food store near you or you aren’t a member of one, I’ll include the supermarket price too just to give you an idea of what you’d be spending to make these Goat Cheese recipes. 🙂

The good news with this recipe is, it’s pretty reasonable no matter where you buy the goat cheese!

The cost (buying goat cheese in bulk) is just $1.99 per person (for 3 people) or $1.49 per person (for 4 people)

The cost (buying goat cheese from the grocery store) is $2.59 per person (for 3 people) or $1.95 per person (for 4 people).

SERVE IT UP!

You can serve this family-style or in individual portions. Simply mound the eggs into a kind of “mountain” or “hill” on the serving plate(s), top with the crumbled bacon and a bit more chopped flat-leaf parsley (dividing evenly amongst plates if applicable).

The final result…. DELICIOUSNESS!

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I promise it will put a smile on your face when you eat it…

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Happy Economical Eating! ~Jenna

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