My Dutch husband, lover of cheese, really liked it. We had to use a different smoked cheese here in South Africa but right afterwards I did find a smoked Gouda of course. I didn't make the croutons but it was good without it. I thought it needed a bit more smoked paprika that I added at the end and tasted better the second day. My smoked paprika might need replacing as I think about it and that might help, also.