spicy smoked gouda dip

I recently heard a statistic that Americans eat, on average, 23 pounds of cheese per year. I’m taking full responsibility for the high side of that average. It’s not a fact I’m especially proud of, but I just can’t quit cheese. Or dairy for that matter. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin but you just can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl.

And to put fuel on my I-eat-too-much-cheese fire, there are very few cheeses that I don’t love. Smoked gouda is one of them. It’s not that I dislike it, but I don’t love it. (And why eat a cheese you don’t love?)

What I do love? The spicy gouda dip from Whole Foods Market. Which is made with smoked gouda…go figure. It also costs like, $1 million/pound.

So I had to recreate it at home.

It’s reminiscent of pimento cheese, at least in its preparation but tastes smoky, spicy and cheesy. Obviously. (?!) We managed to eat the entire batch with crackers, but oh my would this be amazing in a grilled cheese.

It’s also the perfect football food…just in case you’re watching any these days. (I suppose this cheese-fueled post is a good time to officially deem myself a Packers fan. :))


Spicy Smoked Gouda Dip

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 2 cups shredded smoked gouda cheese (a 6-8 oz block should be plenty)
  • 4 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 small jalapenos (less if you don’t like spice!)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • season to taste: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes


Stir together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

Serve with crackers or crostini.

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  1. says

    I love cheese as well! I have recently started cutting back on my dairy intake and never thought in a million years I could do it! I just love all dairy, but I am managing pretty well. This looks absolutely amazing and definitely the perfect football or any get together snack! I would definitely make this when we have guests over.

    • Emily says

      Yeah, I agree. I would never just snack on swiss. If it’s in a sandwich or something it is tolerable, but on its own? No thanks.

  2. says

    What a perfect game food! I have never had pimento cheese, but drool every time I see a pic of it! Tyler loves smoked cheeses, so I know he would go crazy for this!

  3. says

    I feel the same way about gouda. I don’t love it. It’s tasty but I’d definitely choose a sharp cheddar or creamy brie over gouda. BUT I have had that gouda dip from Whole Foods and it really is amazing! I’m definitely trying this recipe for my next gathering!

  4. says

    Yeah, goat cheese is not for everyone, I know what you mean. When I lived in Istanbul I had to get used to goat cheese every time I ordered any kebab or even breakfast. I eventually got used to it, but now I am not a big fan anymore.

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