Christmas is my VERY FAVORITE time of year!  The cold weather, the giving spirit, the Christmas Story coming alive, special time with family and friends, amazing parties and delicious food everywhere…it really can’t be beat!   Every year my husband and I spend the holidays with both of our families starting on about the 23rd.  So before that date, we have one night that is our own special Christmas at home.   We clear the coffee table out of our living room and put the Queen Size Air Mattress out on the floor right next to the fireplace and Christmas tree.  We cover it with blankets and pillows and settle in for an evening of laughing, christmas movies, our own special stocking time and lots of smooching!  haha…it is one my favorite nights of the whole year!  We both turn into excited little children finding joy in giving each other gifts and delighting in the magic of Christmas!    We sleep out in our Christmas zone with the lights on the tree glowing long after the last embers of the fire have died down and it really is perfect!

This year we made dinner together as part of the evening and also made some yummy treats the next morning and day as our celebration continued with watching some football together!  This Baked Gouda made a short visit  to the Christmas zone before we devoured every morsel!  This is a recipe I got from Nancy Fike and it is a very simple recipe that is extremely tasty!   Once again…anything where the main ingredient is oozing cheese and you know it  MUST be good!   Merry Christmas!

BAKED GOUDA

  • 1 Roll of Crescent dough ( I used the reduced fat dough)
  • Gouda Cheese
  • 1 Tbls of Peach Jam (optional)
  • 1 Egg

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.  Since it was just Chris and I this time, I only made one little baked gouda.  I used half of the roll of crescent dough and rolled it out into a really thin layer.  You don’t want it to be too thick or it won’t cook all the way through and will just stay doughy.

Once you have reached the desired thinness, spread half of the jam onto the middle of the dough.

Since most gouda cheese comes in wedges you can’t really put a round piece in the middle.   Just cut as much you want and put it in the middle trying to keep a roundish shape, and put the remaining jam on top.

Now pull the sides up and wrap up your little cheese parcel.  Make sure to seal off the dough so it doesn’t burst all over your pan.  Mine always does…but its nice to try and keep it contained…haha.

Flip your little bundle over and brush it with a beaten egg.  It is also good to grease the cookie sheet as it will help it not to stick.

Bake the bundle for 17-20 minutes or until the crescent dough is fully cooked and the cheese is in the proper melty state.  Oozing goodness does not always mean it is fully done…but usually it does!

YES…mine did ooze…but it was ok…we forgave it.

I love serving baked cheese with fruit…grapes and apples are my favorite.  I find it cuts the richness of the dish and compliments the flavor nicely!

UM…YUM!  This really is so good and easy, you simply must try it!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you!  I hope this season bring you joy and blessings abundant!

HAPPY BAKED GOUDA-ING!

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