Know Your Cheese – Gouda

Gouda is a Dutch cheese that is yellow and made from cow’s milk. It’s named after the city of Gouda in Netherlands and it’s also one of the oldest cheeses in the world. Most of the cheese is industrialized and only about 300 farms still make it in the traditional way using unpasteurized milk. It is firm and creamy in texture, with smoked Gouda having a sharper taste. Wondering how to use it? Well, here is a basic recipe for you to incorporate this lovely cheese!

Ingredients:

• 450g of macaroni

• 115g of Gouda cheese

• 6 cups of water

• 2 ½ cups of milk

• 2 tbsps. of all-purpose flour (maida)

• 2 tbsps. of unsalted butter

• 1 tsp. salt

• ¼ tsp. white pepper, freshly ground

• ¼ tsp. vegetable oil

• Parsley

Directions:

• Preheat the oven to 190˚C.

• Boil the water, oil and ½ teaspoon of salt.

• Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes until it’s tender.

• Melt butter and add the flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

• Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously.

• Add the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt & white pepper and continue whisking until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon for about 8 minutes.

• Remove the white sauce and stir in the cheese until it melts.

• Mix the white sauce and macaroni.

• Pour it into a greased 6.5x10” casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes until it turns lightly golden.

• Remove from the oven and garnish with parsley before serving.

-NitashaSilesh
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