Top 3 Smoked Gouda Recipes

by Cheese411

Smoked gouda is a wonderful way to add a rich, smoky and buttery flavor to your favorite recipe. Here's 3 of the best cheese recipes that use smoked gouda as a main ingredient.

Want to change up your dinner routine and try something simple with a gourmet taste? Smoked gouda combines the buttery taste of gouda with a rich, smoky flavor that's sure to add a new layer of taste to your favorite dish. There are many ways to enjoy this cheese but these are my top 3 favorite smoked gouda recipes.

Pasta Primavera with Smoked Gouda

This delicious meal is made with whole wheat penne for fiber and offers a full serving of vegetables in a way that'll appeal to even picky eaters. The smoky flavor of the gouda goes very well with the fresh vegetables, herbs and pasta. It's also very versatile so feel free to switch out the vegetables for something you like more.

Ingredients
  • 16 oz whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 c low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2/3 c smoked Gouda, shredded

1. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain well.
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and stir in mushrooms, carrots, onions, zucchini and bell pepper. Stir until onion is translucent, around 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Add tomatoes, broth and herbs. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low; simmer until thickened. Stir in pasta and heat through, around 2 minutes. Top with cheese before serving.

Stuffed Pork Chops with Bacon and Smoked Gouda

This is one of my favorite cheese recipes because it's so easy and decadent. Make sure you don't stuff the pork chops too much or the cheese won't melt, or it will leak out as you cook. This recipe is great on the grill although you can also broil it in the oven if the weather is too cold.

Ingredients
  • 2 oz smoked Gouda, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon, crispy and crumbled
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 center-cut, bone-in pork chops
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper to taste

1. Preheat a gas grill to medium heat.
2. In a bowl, combine cheese, bacon, parsley and black pepper.
3. Lay each pork chop on a cutting board and use a sharp knife parallel to the board to make a pocket in each chop. Go through to the bone but make sure the sides are intact to hold in the stuffing. Stuff cheese mixture into the pocket and secure with toothpicks. Brush each chop with oil and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
4. Lightly oil the cooking grate and grill chops over medium heat until cooked through. Be careful to avoid overcooking, which dries out the chops.

Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

This is the best recipe I've ever found for mashed potatoes and also a really easy and fun cheese recipe. If you want a new way to try smoked gouda, this is it. This mashed potatoes are fancy enough for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner but they're also easy enough to make with steak or grilled chicken.

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c heavy cream
  • 3/4 lb smoked Gouda, shredded
  • salt and ground white pepper to taste

1. Put cubed potatoes and a dash of salt in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook at medium heat until potatoes are tender; approximately 20 minutes. Drain.
2. Return potatoes to the pan and add remaining ingredients. Mash and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Serve warm.

Updated: 10/08/2012, Cheese411
 
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