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Kaassouffle (Dutch Cheese Snack)

Looking for a cheesy, crispy snack? Try this Dutch classic, Kaassouffle!

Stuffed with delicious cheese, Kaassoufflé is then breaded and fried to golden brown perfection.

Typically sold at snack bars in the Netherlands and enjoyed as a bar food (similar to bitterballen) to accompany drinks, this hot snack is served with a sauce of your choice. Chili sauce or peanut sauce are popular options.

We’ll show you how to make this easy and tasty snack at home!

dutch cheese snack cut in half resting on whole kaassouffle both on white plate.
Kaassouffle is packed with cheesy goodness!

The typical kaassoufflé is shaped like a rectangle, but you can also find them in a semi-circle shape.

The typical filling is cheese (hence the name), but other fillings such as ham or spinach can also be included!

People also sometimes eat them on a dinner roll – this is called broodje kaassoufflé.

Ingredients

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The ingredients for Kaassouffle!

To make this Dutch kaassouffle recipe, here are the ingredients that you will need! It doesn’t take much to get snacking.

  • Puff pastry – Two sheets of puff pastry; defrosted.
  • Gouda cheese – Alternatively, you can use slices of Edam or similar cheese.
  • Eggs – For breading the kaassouffles.
  • Breadcrumbs – For breading the kaassouffles.
  • Salt – To season the breadcrumbs; add to taste.
  • Black pepper – To season the breadcrumbs; add to taste.
  • Cooking oil– Depends on the cooking method you choose.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Before you tackle this recipe for kaassouffle, read through these recipe tips so that you know exactly what to expect:

  • Use good quality cheese, such as Gouda or Edam, for the best flavor. Alternatively, you can also use Swiss cheese.
  • If you like, you can add a slice of ham to the cheese before folding the puff pastry closed to add extra flavor.
  • You either fry the kaassouffles, bake them in the oven or air fry them. Choose the method that works best for you based on the equipment you have at home!
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How to Make Kaassouffle – Step by Step Instructions

Learn how to make this Kaassouffle recipe with our step-by-step instructions. We’ve included visuals so that you can see the process as you follow along at home.

And if you prefer to have the recipe in a handy format without visuals, you can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

sheet of puff pastry rolled out on wooden board with pizza cutter beside.
Cut the puff pastry sheets into thirds.

Place the defrosted puff pastry sheets on a flat surface and roll them out slightly with a rolling pin.

Then cut them into thirds along the existing perforated lines (so you’ll end up with 6 pieces total).

sheets of puff pastry in rows on wooden board with slices of gouda resting on top.
Add the cheese.

Fold the cheese in half and place one folded slice on the top half of each piece of puff pastry.

Then fold the puff pastry from the bottom up to close.

Using a fork, press down the edges to keep the cheese from falling out. Then cut off any excess.

raw egg cracked into white bowl on grey counter with silver whisk beside.
Whisk the eggs.

Whisk the eggs in a small bowl, then set aside.

small white bowl of breadcrumbs beside small ramekin of salt and pepper on grey counter top.
Season the breadcrumbs.

Season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and place on a plate.

small black kitchen brush brushing raw egg wash on rectangle of puff pastry dough.
Brush with egg.

Brush a kaassouffle with the beaten egg on both sides.

square of puff pastry rolled in breadcrumbs on white plate sitting on grey counter top.
Bread both sides.

Then coat both sides with the seasoned breadcrumbs. Repeat until all the kaassouffles are breaded.

breaded and fried kaassouffle on white plate with red dipping sauce beside.
Enjoy this cheesy snack!

You have a few options for cooking the kaassouffles. Either, heat the deep-fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fry each kaassoufle for about 2 minutes on each side. Flip over when they start to puff up and are golden brown.

Alternatively, heat a bit of oil in a frying pan and fry the kaassouffles in batches for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the pastry has puffed and the outside is golden brown.

Or, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spray the breaded puff pastries with a bit of oil and air fry for around 9-11 minutes, flipping halfway.

Lastly, you can also bake them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. For best taste, also spray them with a bit of oil before putting them in the oven.

Serve the kaassouffles hot with your choice of dipping sauce (chili sauce or peanut sauce are popular). Enjoy – but be careful, they will be hot!

Storage Tips

Kaassouffles are best eaten hot and fresh right out of the fryer (with a chance to cool slightly, of course).

Leftovers – if any – should be stored in the fridge and eaten soon after making. You might revive the crispy exterior and re-melt the cheese in the air fryer or a pan with a little bit of oil.

FAQ

Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about Kaassouffle:

What is kaassouffle?

Kaassoufflé is a classic Dutch snack. It is a pastry filled with cheese, then breaded and fried. It is typically served with a dipping sauce and sold at snack bars and/or accompanied by beverages as a salty snack (bittergarnituur).

What to serve with kaassouffle?

Typically, kaassouffle is served with a dipping sauce such as chili sauce or ketchup. It is also served at a borrel, a type of casual Dutch gathering where drinks and snacks are consumed. It can also be served on a bun/roll – this is known as a broodje kaassoufflé.

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deep fried kaassouffle cheese snack on white plate with red dipping sauce beside.

Kaassouffle (Dutch Cheese Snack)

Cheesy on the inside and golden brown on the outside, these Kaassouffles are a classic Dutch snack that is so easy to make!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 package puff pastry, thawed (2 sheets)
  • 6 slices Gouda cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place the defrosted puff pastry sheets on a flat surface and roll them out slightly with a rolling pin. Then cut them in thirds along the existing perforated lines.
    1 package puff pastry
  • Fold the cheese in half and place one folded slice on the top half of each piece of puff pastry. Then fold the puff pastry from bottom to top to close it.
    6 slices Gouda cheese
  • Use a fork to press down the edges to keep the cheese from falling out. Then cut off any excess.
  • Whisk the eggs in a small bowl. Set aside.
    2 eggs
  • Season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and place on a plate.
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper
  • Brush each kaassoufle with the beaten egg and then coat in the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fry each kaassoufle for about 2 minutes on each side. Flip over when they start to puff up and are golden brown. See notes for alternative cooking methods.
  • Serve with a dip of choice (but careful, they will be hot).

Notes

  • Instead of Gouda, you can also use Edam cheese slices. Alternatively, you could also use slices of Swiss cheese or similar. 
  • If you like, you can add a slice of ham to the cheese before folding the puff pastry closed for extra flavor.
  • Alternative cooking options:
    • Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the kaassouffles in batches for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the pastry has puffed and the outside is golden brown.
    • Or, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spray the breaded puff pastries with a bit of oil and air fry for around 9-11 minutes, flipping halfway.
    • Or, bake them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. For best taste, spray them with a bit of oil before putting them in the oven.
  • They are often served with chili sauce or peanut sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 3mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Snack
Cuisine Dutch
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This recipe was contributed by
Kimberley Asante
Dutch born and bred, Kimberley loves cooking Dutch recipes. She got her love for cooking from both of her parents, who raised her to cook everything from scratch.

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