Smoke salmon & Cheese
As I smoked it and had friends over, the question is always, every year “what’s the cheese you are serving?” followed by some complimentary phrase along the lines of.. “I’ve never tasted salmon so good.”
Hint: it’s not the salmon. Granted, it’s good. Don’t get me wrong, but it really is the cheese.
Use Premium Premium Aged Gouda– the kind I use is Premier and it’s aged 26 months. (tried to find a link-couldn’t) It’s healthy (ingredients- cows milk, salt, cheese culture, rennet & annato). It’s imported from Holland (I still have my wooden clogs from my trip hanging in my house), and only $11. Very worth it.
You can spear it on a toothpick for bites, or slice it up or even use some crumbles if you want a more casual atmosphere.
If your local grocery/deli doesn’t carry Premier, other premium brands will work-just look for the ingredients and the aged.