from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pungent cheese made of goat's milk and formed into small disks.
- n. A disk of this cheese.
They now tend a flock of 600 sheep and two herds of dairy cows — 30 Jersey and 15 Guernsey — plus 20 goats whose milk he uses to produce crottin and other fresh cheeses.
I picked up a couple of ripe yellow tomatoes, some hand-picked local arugula, some French goat's cheese (a crottin de something or other, I forget now), some organic Salchichon* from Spain and for dessert, a blood orange and a pot of honey yogurt.
I use about 3 oz of each cheese, usually chevre or fresh crottin for the goat cheese, and a tangy blue cheese like Bleu d'Auvergne, Roquefort, or Maytag blue.
Each full wheel, log, drum, crottin or pyramid is displayed to show off the craft that has gone into its making.
The word 'crottin' comes from Old French 'crotin' (animal dropping), adiminutive of 'crotte' (dung).