Gouda & Edam Cheese

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  • TextureSemi-hard
  • FlavorMild, nutty
  • PairingsRed WineWhite WineBeer

Dutch treats: Wisconsin Gouda and Edam cheeses

Named after two towns in the Netherlands, these very similar cheeses speak the same languageā€¦and it's one nearly every cheese lover understands. When these mild cheeses are made with premium Wisconsin milk, the results are fabulous.

What is Gouda cheese?

Gouda is a Dutch yellow cheese originating in the 12th century, making it one of the oldest cheeses still being made. It was named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands.

What is Gouda cheese made from? What does Gouda cheese taste like?

Gouda is made with whole milk, and has a rich, buttery, slightly sweet flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Smoked Gouda cheese is also very popular.

What is Edam cheese?

Edam is a semi-hard Dutch cheese originating in the town of Edam in the province of North Holland. Unlike Gouda, Edam is made with part-skim milk.

What does Edam cheese taste like?

Edam has a smooth, firm texture with a light, nutty flavor. While there are slight differences between Edam and Gouda (mostly in the fat content), cheese experts treat them virtually the same with regard to wine and beer pairings, general use, etc.

How to eat Gouda or Edam cheese

Slice for sandwiches; shred in baked dishes; dice in salads and vegetable dishes.


Wine:Wine: Beaujolais, Champagne, chardonnay, malbec, pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, syrah/shiraz, viognier
Beer:American lager, Belgian ale, bock, brown/nut brown ale, cider and fruit beers, pale ale, porter, saison ale, stout