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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.