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Ideas for using up some smoked gouda in lighter recipes?

My friend had to bolt out of town for a couple of weeks, so I scored some free food from her fridge. Yay! But there is about 1.5 lbs of really smokey (ok, salty) smoked gouda.
It's 100 degrees in these parts, so I really don't feel like using any of the mac n cheese or scalloped potato recipes out there. Does anyone have any ideas how I can work some of this cheese into some lighter, more summery recipes?
Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Just snack on it with a leaf of lettuce and a slice of tomato. It will last a long time in your fridge.

    1. Smoked Gouda gougeres would be great! Filled or not... tiny puffs made with pate au choux paste, baked. Can split and fill with say shrimp salad or sliced tomato and basil would be good.

      Plain and warm from the oven they are great cocktail snacks.

      1. You can always cut it into smaller wedges and freeze it, taking out just what you need. It will grate very easily when partially frozen too.

        For the remaining: use it in grilled cheese sandwiches & panninis, in place of what you normally use, adding fresh tomato slices; quesadillas, combine with your favorite fillings, red onion or caramelized onion would be yummy; dice it up small and toss in with your favorite green or potato salad recipes; you can combine it with some softened cream cheese, and roll it into a ball, roll it in chopped nuts and have a homemade cheese ball to spread on crackers; take slices and stuff your favorite hot dogs or cooked bratwurst, wrap in a halved piece of bacon, secure w toothpicks & grill (super yummy); make BBQ nachos with it plus some jack cheese. That should help get you started.

        1. Thank you all for some great ideas!! I believe I'll make the gougeres as my aftenoon project today :)

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          1. re: alliegator

            Let us know how they turned out. Glad you liked the idea:)

            1. re: gingershelley

              I had never made gougeres before, I found a recipe online that also included cracked black pepper. They were easy and delicious!!! Definitely going to be a repeat. Thx so much for the idea.

          2. Cut a slice and put it in between two slices of pound cake, pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to heat it up, then top it off with a scoop of ice cream (vanilla would be my choice), then top with a fruit jam or drizzle with some maple syrup.

            1. Salt and pepper turkey or chicken cutlets, then pan-fry until done. Set aside. Saute diced shallots in oil. When softened, deglaze with white wine. Top off with broth, simmer for a few minutes, remove from heat and stir in grated smoked gouda until it is smooth. If you need, add a bit of milk. Finish by stirring in peas and serve on top of your meat. Still not the LIGHTEST thing ever, but delish.

              Alternately, I bet some of it grated into zucchini pancakes would be pretty killer. Oh, or grated on top of broccoli in the last few minutes that it roasts.

              1. What about pizza? If you have a grill it could be done outside. I love smoked cheese on pizza.

                1. Smoked Gouda LOVES green veggies!
                  I have used some with cooked green peas
                  and cooked spinach with a light cream sauce.

                  I would use it more but it's so expensive.
                  Would also be great as an addition to potato leek soup.

                  1. We love smoked gouda in a frittata. It really gives it a great flavor. I typically do sauteed onions and greens (spinach, chard or beet greens depending on what's fresh) and usually add some sliced or diced cooked potatoes, too. I realize it's not really a frittata with the potatoes, but that's how we like it. I typically bake it in the oven, with the cheese mixed in and sprinkled on top, because I'm usually cooking for 6, but it works on the stovetop, too.

                    1. A smoked gouda, sliced apple and roast beef sandwich is mighty good indeed, especially with a little horseradish sauce. (Equal parts mayo & sour cream and a little horseradish to taste)

                      Another good one is turkey, smoked gouda and field greens with a fruit mustard. (Equal parts Dijon mustard & fruit jam: apricot, peach, blackcurrant, etc. Or cranberry sauce...)

                      1. Not exactly light, but easy. I mix an 8 oz block (or tub) of light cream cheese with 1-2 cups grated cheddar, a dash of Worcestershire, a tsp of minced green onion, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Also a shred of blue cheese, if I have it. Blend it well with a mixer or food processor, chill it, and you have an amazing cheese spread.

                        Unfortunately you're adding bulk to your already big block of cheese. But mmmmmm is it good!