Melted, grated, smoked – there’s no version of cheese that we don’t love. On January 20, we join legions of cheese fans for National Cheese Lover’s Day to celebrate its gooey goodness. We scoured every cheesy pocket of the Internet to find 21 cheese recipes (each featuring a different type of cheese, or two) to provide enough inspiration for you to choose how you’ll fete your favourite fromage. Warning: this gallery is delicious.
21 tasty cheese recipes using 21 different types of cheese
Creamy Watercress Stuffed Crepes with Balsamic ReductionNewsflash: Crepes are not just breakfast food. Of course, if you heap them with a rich ricotta filling, they’ll go down easily at any meal. Lightly sweetened, yet deeply flavoured with onion, garlic and a burst of watercress leaves, this filling would be a treat as a stuffing for pasta shells as well.
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Herbed Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes Bacon Au GratinWhat do you get when you combine potatoes, cream, Gruyere and bacon? According to blogger Jen’s husband, an “insane” rendition of scalloped potatoes. The salty, nutty Gruyere is what partly makes this dish a winner, so don’t swap it for another type of cheese.
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Broccoli Cheese SoupThis is the kind of soup you describe as a warm hug on a cold day. And we have Kristin, blogger at Iowa Girl Eats, to thank for its deliciousness. Her step-by-steps instructions ensure that you spin the cheddar cheese into velvety, golden soup that will leave you with no leftovers.
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Pumpkin Pecan Baked BrieIf you’re coming over to our place, we would like you to bring this with you. Not only are we fans of pastry, but melted brie (that’s like a mini fondue bowl unto itself) makes us literally go weak in the knees. Please don’t be offended if we don’t share.
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Smoked Gouda Mushroom QuesadillasTo quote blogger Lindsay at Pinch of Yum: “Sauteed mushrooms + peppers + smoked gouda + tortilla + toppings to the universe and back = true love.” Honestly, she had us at smoked Gouda. Now pass the quesadillas.
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Asparagus and Emmentaler TartEmmentaler is known for its characteristic buttery flavor, which makes it the best bedfellow for asparagus. Set on a sour cream and pepper-flavoured tart shell, this dish is perfect for a lazy weekend brunch or a light dinner with some bitter greens on the side.
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Harissa Double Potato Bake with Halloumi CheeseSalty and firm halloumi is great for baking or grilling, as it retains its structural integrity. Taking a trip to the Middle East, blogger Julia smothers white and sweet potatoes in fiery harissa paste along with garlic and onions, then finally tops them with halloumi. It’s a dish that can be enjoyed as a pure vegetarian meal or as a side for roast chicken.
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Monte Cristo Crescent Roll UpsA little store-bought help is always welcome, which is why we love this recipe. It’s a mere assembly job of pastry, jam (yes, jam!), provolone cheese and turkey that transforms into a salty-sweet-gooey treat once it is baked. Did we mention cheesy, too? Yes, cheesy. Make a note.
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Mexican Chicken Chilaquiles CasseroleYou’ll never use a bag of tortilla chips the same way again after trying this recipe. Loaded with homemade ancho chile-tomato sauce, chicken and half a pound (!) of Monterey Jack cheese, this casserole will gather everyone round the table in no time. Watch out nachos, the chilaquiles are coming for you!
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Queso with Fresh Pico and ChorizoQueso means cheese in Spanish. Just think of this as Mexican-style fondue, with gooey Velveeta Queso Blanco spiked with spicy chorizo. The lime and jalapeno-tossed pico de gallo actually adds a nice element of freshness to cut through all that rich cheese.
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Savoury Thyme and Swiss Cheese SconesThere’s nothing like fresh bread straight out of the oven. These little scones deliver on the promise of comfort food when time to make a homemade loaf is not on your side. Swiss cheese is added to the dough and is used to top the scones, ensuring that every little bite carries the cheese’s sweet, nutty flavour.
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Butternut Squash and Beefy Mushroom Pot Pies with Flaky Taleggio CrustA moment of silence please as you gaze at this picture. Just look at that liquid Taleggio cheese cascading under the crust that’s sprinkled with it as well…sigh! Blogger Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest gives the option of turning this into a completely vegetarian meal as well, so you can please all diners at the table.
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Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dipping SauceAttention, now! Yes, those potato chips look scrumptious, but think how much more delicious they would be cloaked in that rich blue cheese dipping sauce. If you love strong flavours, this sauce will be your new condiment to drizzle over spicy Buffalo wings, steak and salads as well.
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Taleggio Ravioli with Garlicky Butter Kale and Wild Mushroom Sauce + Toasted Pine NutsThe ingredient list confused us. There’s an equal amount of stinky Taleggio and mozzarella, so whom do we give the crown to? Let’s call it a draw because we’re 100 per cent sure the flavour will come from the former, while the mozzarella will provide the gooey texture that makes all cheese-based dishes irresistible.
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Stilton, Apple and Walnut TartsThis is like having little portable cheeseboards. What’s not to like about that? Stilton, check. Apple, check. Walnuts, check. All packed into butter-rich pastry, these travel well for picnics or potlucks. Just make sure you make enough for everyone.
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Asiago Cheese BreadThink bread just out of the oven is pure heaven? Then dairy logic dictates that cheesy bread out of the oven is exponentially better. With a crisp exterior and pillowy interior, thick slices of this loaf are made for sandwiches or enjoying it simply with a generous smear of butter. If you like Parmesan cheese, you’ll enjoy Asiago.
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Spicy Kale Salad with Roasted GarlicUse nothing but the freshest Parmesan cheese for this recipe. The pre-grated boxed variety ain’t going to cut it. If you’re on the detox bandwagon, the kale and lightened Greek yogurt dressing make you feel quiet virtuous. But please, don’t skimp on the cheese.
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Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi BakeHave the paramedics on standby. This recipe packs not one, but five cheeses into itself, making it by far the most decadent recipe on this list. Not that we’re complaining at all! The bacon and cream make for good sidekicks to the bubbling, gooey cheese.
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Camembert, Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam CrostiniOooh, fancy toast! We love to dress them up with delicious toppings and cheese always, always makes the cut. Luscious Camembert doesn’t need much to shine, but we like the fruity twist of fig jam and sweet caramelized onions in this version.
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Bacon-Wrapped Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese & HoneyWhen the first ingredient listed in the recipe title is bacon, it’s pretty much a must-try in the kitchen. But it gets better. Creamy goat cheese brings decadence to each bite, helping to balance the saltiness of the bacon and the sweet honey drizzle. We’ll eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Butternut Squash GratinGluten and dairy-free readers, don’t fret. We didn’t forget you. Please meet this butternut squash and sweet onion gratin. It wears a crunchy-creamy Daiya mozzarella cheese hat and each layer is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, along with thyme and garlic for added flavour. Serve it up!
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