Gouda and Bourbon Cherry Compote Purses

Wisconsin Cheese Gouda and Bourbon Cherry Compote Purses  Recipe
Active Time
45 Minutes
1 Dozen



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gouda can be used in this recipe.


  1. Combine the cherries, sugar, bourbon and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until compote is thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Cool compote to room temperature. Strain cherry mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Save juice for a different recipe.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 17 x 12-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Cut gouda into 12 cubes, about 1/2-inch each. Freeze gouda for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, unroll phyllo sheets; keep covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel. Place one phyllo sheet on a large cutting board. Lightly brush with butter. Layer three additional phyllo sheets; lightly brush each sheet with butter. Repeat step with phyllo sheets to create two stacks.
  5. Cut each phyllo stack into six squares, about 4 1/2-inches each. Place a gouda cube into the center of each square. Top each with about 1 tablespoon cherry compote. Carefully gather phyllo up and around filling; pinch and twist to seal. Place on prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Let cool on pan slightly. When cool enough to handle, tie phyllo purses with chives. Serve warm.

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It was named in the top 20 cheeses at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest! This special gouda cheese is made with pasture-grazed milk and has bold, buttery notes with a grassy finish.

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