BBC navigation

BBC

Gouda recipes

Gouda

Similar in character to another Dutch cheese, Edam, Gouda is a firm cows’ milk cheese with a mild, slightly salty flavour and an elastic texture. It is sometimes flavoured with cumin, or dried in the oven to concentrate its flavour. Gouda can be kept for several years, although aged examples are not widely available outside the Netherlands. Gouda from south Holland is protected, but imitations are produced all over the world. Farmhouse Goudas, made on a small scale, have a fruitier flavour, but are not often exported.

Buyer's guide

Goudas from the traditional region of production will be labelled ‘Noord-Hollandse Gouda’. Young Goudas will have a clear, or pale-yellow rind. Partly oven-dried examples may have a golden rind, which darkens to yellow for full-dried cheeses. Aged Goudas sometimes have a black wax coating.

Preparation

Young Goudas are eaten fresh, or melted into cooked food; older, drier cheeses can be grated as a garnish.

Article by Felicity Cloake

On this page

Quick recipe finder

Type the ingredients you want to use, then click Go. For better results you can use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "chicken breast"). Alternatively you can search by chef, programme, cuisine, diet, or dish (e.g. Lasagne).

Advanced search options

See more cheese recipes

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.