There are different kinds of fresh cheeses mainly made from cow’s milk. Today we will look at a cheese made from goat’s milk: chèvre frais. In Corsica, these are called Broccio or Brocciu (and may also be produced from ewe’s milk – brebis frais). This name comes from the deformation of Brousse in Provençal language, and which the Corsicans designated as the name of a cheese. The Broccio is made from goat’s milk, but more often made from ewe’s milk. The Broccio is made from raw milk and cooked cream. Fresh or semi-dry it is used as an ordinary cheese, but as it enters dry cheese making many dishes and pastries. The Broccio is an AOC cheese (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) and PDO (Protected Appellation of Origin), it is usually accompanied by light dry white wine or rosé wine.
For a delicious recipe using chèvre frais, check out this one from Valentino’s Smokin’ Salmon!