Beer-Battered Cheese Bread with Gouda and Bacon - Bam! It’s Springdance in Utrecht

Cheese Bread

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In addition to tulips, clogs and windmills, the Dutch are famous for their “live and let live” approach to other people’s lives. Besides fostering a tolerance towards mind-altering substances, this open-minded attitude has attracted and nurtured an active community of artists and top-notch festivals like this week’s Springdance. Eddie Van Halen, Hieronymus Bosch, and Delftware — a lot of wonderful things have come out of Holland, but this week, I’ll only be focusing on two of them: beer and smoked gouda. As an extra-special tribute to the Nether Netherlands, I’ve dug up a recipe that uses both these ingredients, along with some bacon, which is a long winded way of saying that I’ve found the best recipe, ever.

Famous for its smoking pipes, historical buildings and its namesake cheese, Gouda is a city in Southern Holland with a population of 72,000 very lucky people. Bright yellow with a distinctive sweetness, Gouda is finished off in a brine solution which gives it a telltale saltiness and, in some cases, a crunch.

Whether you love it or hate it, Gouda will make you thirsty, and you don’t have to leave the Netherlands to get your drink on. For centuries, the Dutch have been turning out some of the best brews around, along with world famous breweries, like Bavaria, Grolsch and Heineken. Pilsner, known for its prominent hop character, is the most popular type of beer in the Netherlands. Around the 1840’s, public opinion traded the Bohemian brewing style for the Bavarian tradition, which resulted in a clearer, sharper Pilsner, and a more impressive shelf life. Both Heineken and Amstel are considered Pilsners, although they tend to be a bit sweeter than their Belgian counterparts, Jupiler and Stella Artois.

Any Pilsner would be perfect for this week’s recipe from The Delicious Divas: Beer Battered Cheese Bread with Smoked Gouda and Bacon. For other decadent things to do in the Netherlands, “hop” on over to

- Courtney Maum

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2 Responses to “Beer-Battered Cheese Bread with Gouda and Bacon - Bam! It’s Springdance in Utrecht”

  1. Jeff
    April 15th, 2009 10:43

    Yum - I love Gouda and I also learned today that Gouda is a city in the Netherlands….

  2. Tina
    May 16th, 2009 17:34

    This recipe looks fabulous - great article, Courtney - thanks!

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