OK, here's the situation.
I go to my nearby warehouse store. You know, the "Buy Huge Quantities of Things You Will Never Use Up" store. Yes, that one. You've been there.
I go (like everyone else) with a perfectly logical plan to just buy paper towels, or toilet paper, or laundry detergent or some other very practical item that will eventually get used up and will once again have to be replenished.
And then I get home and am shocked and dismayed to discover that not only have I forgotten the toilet paper, but that I also inexplicably (really, I can't explain it) purchased an 11 pound block of Gouda.
So, what I'm saying is this:
I've had to come up with a boat-load of recipes that use Gouda. Some are really tasty and I think you'll like them a bunch. Others, well, they'll just be filed away somewhere where we can't ever locate them again. It's just best that way.
Here's my favorite -
Gouda, Garlic, and Green Onion Grits
1 c. water
2 c. chicken broth (I used low sodium)
3/4 c. quick-cooking grits (not instant)
1 c. Gouda, cubed
1 T. butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 c. butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 green onion, sliced
In a small skillet saute the garlic in 1 T. butter about 4-5 minutes over low heat. Do not brown the garlic. Remove from heat when the garlic is soft.
In a saucepan bring the water and chicken stock to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook 5 minutes until thickened. Do not overcook. Remove from heat.
Stir the garlic, Gouda, and 1/4 c.butter into the grits. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Immediately before serving sprinkle the green onion on top.