You are going to have to trust me here. This is not the most beautiful dish that I have ever made for you. It is monochromatic and looks pretty boring. It is also one of the things that I make and people immediately ask for the recipe. It is Gouda cheese, mustard and puff pastry. That is it. It is where I think that Gouda wants to go when it dies. It’s that Gouda. I could not help myself. I am a dork.
My best friend in the entire world lives in Ohio and I miss her terribly. We talk a few times a week, but I missing being around her. She is awesome. She also makes awesome appetizers. She is kind of famous for them. I have never met anyone that can whip up a dip, or something wrapped in something else delicious, like she can. This is one of her infamous appetizers that I have eaten at her house countless times. It is so easy and so good. As good as it is when I make it, it is even better when she makes it because that means that she and I are together and not on opposite sides of the country.
I should also mention that she makes hers with Crescent Roll dough, I had puff pastry that I needed to use. Either way delicious.
one sheet of thawed puff pastry
Gouda cheese (try it with Old Amsterdam, it is an aged Gouda that is divine)
spicy brown mustard
sliced apples for serving
Roll out the puff pastry on a well floured board. Put the puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make slits in the puff pastry like pictured above. You are going to overlap the strips to close the puff pastry.
Squeeze some mustard down the middle of the puff pastry. About 2 Tablespoons.
Spread the mustard out using a pastry brush.
Arrange the Gouda slices evenly on top of the mustard.
Overlap the strips of puff pastry.
Whisk together the egg and a few teaspoons of water.
Brush the egg wash over the braided puff pastry.
Seal the ends.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
Serve with sliced apples.
Make one and share it with your best friend.