What to Make with Gouda Cheese

Gouda cheese is one of the tastiest cheeses you will find. But have you ever wondered what to make with gouda cheese? Well we will attempt to give you some ideas on different ways to use this creamy cheese.  

what to make with gouda cheese

What is Gouda Cheese?

Gouda cheese is a semi-hard white cheese traditionally made from cow’s milk in the Netherlands and is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. Etymologists believe that the name “gouda” derives from Middle Dutch for “golden home”. Gouda is one of the most popular cheeses in the world with an annual production of about 357,000 tonnes.

How is Gouda Cheese Made?

Gouda cheese is made by adding starter bacteria to heated milk. This causes coagulation and later pressing of the mass. It takes about 10 liters of milk to make 1 kg of gouda cheese. During this process the curd is initially heated to near boiling point and then cooled until it reaches 10°C. Salt is added, followed by starter culture to begin the ripening process which lasts anywhere from 2-10 weeks depending on desired flavor and texture. The final step is brining in a saturated salt solution for 1-3 days to form a rind and lend flavor.

What To Make With Gouda Cheese?

The reason we love gouda cheese so much is because of its creamy and mild taste. It is perfect for cooking and melts really well. Don’t be afraid to try out different recipes with this delicious cheese, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few recipes to consider trying:

Gouda Potato Soup

Make a delicious soup with gouda cheese and potatoes. The sweet and creamy taste of the gouda cheese works well in this recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 large potatoes, parchment peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into small pieces (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • 3/4 cup grated gouda cheese


  • Render fat from bacon pieces in a large Dutch oven or soup pot.
  • Remove bacon and set aside, leaving melted fat in the pot. Add butter to pot and stir over low heat until melted.
  • Add potatoes and sugar to pot. Stir well, cover pot, increase heat to high, and cook for several minutes, stirring often.
  • Reduce heat to medium after potatoes begin to brown slightly. Continue cooking covered for about 15-20 minutes or until tender when pierced with fork.
  • Remove from heat and add nutmeg, salt and pepper (if desired), milk, and cayenne pepper (if desired).
  • Add cheese to pot and stir constantly until melted and soup is smooth and creamy. Garnish with reserved bacon pieces. Serve immediately topped with additional grated gouda cheese if desired.

Mexican nachos made with gouda cheese

This is a simple recipe which only requires you to add the ingredients in layers. The creamy taste of the gouda sauce adds a nice touch to this dish.


  • 1 pound bag tortilla chips (preferably homemade)
  • 2 cups grated jalapeno Monterey Jack cheese (or other spicy melting cheese)
  • 1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, guacamole, sliced jalapeno peppers for topping


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange half of the tortilla chips in a single layer. Top them evenly with half of the Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Repeat for another layer using remaining tortilla chips, Monterey Jack cheese and cheddar cheese.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F until cheeses are melted and bubbling, 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for several minutes until cool enough to handle. Top with sour cream, guacamole and sliced jalapeno peppers as desired.

Gouda Quiche Recipe

An easy gouda quiche recipe which can be made in just a few minutes.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 5-ounce package gouda cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Sauté onion in olive oil for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until tender and lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  • Beat eggs in a medium bowl with cream, basil (if desired), salt (optional) and pepper (optional). 4. Slice gouda cheese into small chunks using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Add to egg mixture, stirring gently with fork to break up cheese.
  • Add onion to egg mixture and stir well. Pour into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving warm or cold.

Gouda Apple Bread Pudding

A recipe for a gouda apple bread pudding. This dish is made with cubed bread, apples, breadcrumbs and gouda cheese.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash nutmeg (optional)
  • 6 cups cubed (about 1 inch) French or Italian bread, with crusts removed  (about 8 ounces total)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded gouda or sharp cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, sauté onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender.
  • Add apples and brown sugar; cook and stir until apples are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in flour until blended; gradually add milk.
  • Cook and stir until bubbly and thickened.
  • Remove from heat; stir a little of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to pan, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in vanilla extract, nutmeg (if desired), bread cubes, cheese and remaining butter.
  • Spoon into a greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish or 2-quart casserole.
  • Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm, with caramel sauce if desired.

Some Quick Ideas for What to Make with Gouda Cheese

  • Gouda goes really well with crispy fruit such as apples or pears, either for breakfast or dessert depending on how you look at it.
  • Gouda cheese makes a great addition to salads by adding a smooth texture to the veggies. You can even add it to your favorite greens or pasta salad recipe. Try adding gouda cheese, croutons, and bacon bits for an amazing salad that will get all eyes on the table!
  • Go for a classic and make some grilled cheese. Everyone loves this sandwich and it is so easy to make with gouda cheese. Just add butter to two pieces of bread and sprinkle some garlic salt on top. Place sliced gouda cheese between the slices then place in a pan or frying pan until golden brown on both sides.
  • You can’t go wrong with a classic macaroni and cheese recipe. It’s creamy goodness is sure to get your family talking!

Those are just some examples of what to make with gouda cheese, but if you love cooking or baking this is an excellent staple to have in the fridge. You can never have too much cheese so get to experimenting and enjoy what you come up with!



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