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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16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Heather @Pinkaholic Fitnss
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    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.


  2. erin
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Smoked gouda is my favorite cheese, especially Eichten’s smoked gouda :) This looks delish!


  3. Mellissa
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Mmmm cheese. I’m up there with the average, if not more! Swiss is the one cheese that I can not eat.


    • Emily
      Oct 08, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      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.


  4. Mercedes
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    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!


  5. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Ugh, smoked gouda is my favorite cheese, so this recipe is calling my name! I’ve never tried pimento cheese, nor had I even heard of it before I started reading food blogs, but I think this a recipe I could get behind :)


  6. Hyedi
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    yummmmmmmmmm. This looks amazing!


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Somehow I never processed the fact that you must be a Packers fan. This could be a problem in our relationship, Emily. Good thing we’re both obsessed with cheese.


  8. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I adore smoked gouda, this sounds so delicious and easy to make, yum!!


  9. Alyssa
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Gouda is one of those cheese I don’t get a chance to try much. Definitely giving this a go!


  10. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    I’m not coming to the gouda party, sorry. I’ve never been a fan. Can we still be friends? I’ll bring goat cheese! :)


  11. Karla @ Foodologie
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    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!


  12. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    oh man…i am lovin’ this dip! how yummy :)


  13. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I’ll also take responsibility for the high side of that average. I consume way more cheese than meat. I’m also one of the few cheese snobs that does not like goat cheese. I try so hard, but it’s just not for me!


  14. Patrick Ross
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    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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