The Super Bowl game provides a perfect excuse for me to splurge on yummy tailgate party food. One of my go-to appetizers is Baked Smoked Gouda in a Pastry because it’s easy to prepare and has always been well received at parties I have taken it to. A friend of mine gave me this recipe many years ago when I was looking for something new to serve at a party.
I have always served this appetizer with crackers and a Pinot Noir. I haven’t tried serving mixed nuts as this recipe suggests, but I am sure they would add to the flavor of the appetizer.
Here’s the recipe courtesy of the Dallas Morning News:
1 (10- to 12-ounce) round chunk of smoked Gouda, measuring about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick and 3 1/2 inches in diameter, brown rind removed.
2/3 sheet of Pepperidge Farm brand frozen puff pastry, defrosted according to package directions
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Place 2/3 sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. If it is stiff, let sit for 5 minutes or so. Roll out the pastry into a 12- to 12 1/2-inch square. Cut off corners to make a circle of pastry (reserve some scraps for decoration). Place the smoked Gouda round in the center of the pastry. Brush the edge of the circle with some of the egg mixture. Fold the pastry up over the cheese to cover. Trim the excess pastry and press to seal. Brush the seam with egg mixture. Place seam-side down onto the baking sheet.
Decorate the top with pastry scraps cut into shapes, adhering them with egg mixture. Brush top and side of the wrapped cheese with the egg mixture.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until pastry is browned and puffed. Serve with nuts and crackers.
Makes 8 to 9 servings.