I had a chance to sample some Old Amsterdam precut gouda cheese. When it came I wasn’t sure what to do with it. This may have been only the second time I tried it and only the first time cooking with it. Yes, I’ve led a sheltered cheese life. When I first tasted Gouda I thought it was very similar to a sharp cheddar with smoky overtones. It’s one that’s often used on dessert trays and with wine pairings. It also melts like a dream.
My initial intention was to use it in macaroni and cheese but we’d just had it so out went that idea. What came to mind was slightly scaled down version of a frittata I used to make for one of my clients. In my original frittata recipe I used sweet potatoes but omitted them this time and made individual servings by baking them in a muffin tin.
This is a great low carb meal in itself. However, combine this with some pancakes or French toast and you have the makings of a brunch bonanza. Yumola!!
Smoked Sausage and Gouda Mini Fritattas
1 tsp canola oil
1 small onion chopped
½ small green and red pepper, chopped
2 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
1 lb lite or lean smoked turkey or kielbasa sliced thin
1 cup Old Amsterdam Gouda, crumbled
6 whole eggs
3 egg whites
4 TBS skim milk
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Heat the canola oil in pan over medium heat and add the onion, chopped peppers and jalapeno. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Set the mixture aside. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with non stick spray. Then fill a third of each cup with the sausage and veggie mixture and then top with a generous half TBS of cheese. In a blender mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Using a blender creates a better egg mixture that pours more smoothly. Pour egg mixture over sausage and cheese mixture and bake until eggs are set and cheese is melted. You may want to omit the salt in this recipe due to the fact that the sausage and cheese are slightly salty. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you don’t like reheated eggs it may be best to make only a half batch.