Cheese-Lovers' Comfort Foods
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Giada uses store-bought pie crust to make hand-held tarts that are filled with mozzarella, proscuitto and marinara sauce. Bake them until golden and serve as an easy appetzier.
Get the Recipe: Mozzarella Pillows
Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Transform the classic grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich into another cheesy favorite: macaroni and cheese. Gruyere cheese adds a sharp bite to the creamy sauce, while chunks of ham make the dish hearty enough for a one-dish winter meal.
Get the Recipe: Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Bacon-Tomato Cheese Toasts
These crunchy cheese toasts are equally delicious for a weeknight meal or a sophisticated soirée. Top Texas toast with a mixture of cheddar, mozzarella, mayo and scallions, then add crumbled bacon and tomato and bake until golden brown.
Get the Recipe: Bacon-Tomato Cheese Toasts
Cheesy Chili Rice
In the mood for a comforting side? Look no further than this quick, Mexican-inspired rice casserole. Shredded cheddar and Parmesan add a pop of flavor, while scallions, green chiles and a pinch of cayenne give the dish a subtle kick.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Chile Rice
Grilled Ham, Cheese and Mushroom Sandwiches
Simple ham and cheese gets a major upgrade with the addition of mushrooms, Dijon mustard, cheddar and Muenster cheese. Grill the buttered bread for a crispy outside and gooey inside.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Ham, Cheese and Mushroom Sandwiches
Three-Cheese Bacon Pizza
Mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar make this bacon-topped pizza extra cheesy; using store-bought dough helps make pizza preparation fast and easy.
Get the Recipe: Three-Cheese Bacon Pizza
Cheese Wheel Cake
This cake isn’t made from cheese but you’ll have any crowd fooled, as it looks like a wheel of Gouda. The moist yellow cake covered with red fondant is a perfect dessert for a cheese-themed party.
Get the Recipe: Cheese Wheel Cake
Polenta With Fontina and Eggs
Use polenta as the base for this skillet dish, and top with eggs, tomato sauce and grated fontina cheese before baking.
Get the Recipe: Polenta With Fontina and Eggs
Blue Cheese Souffles
Tyler tops his cheesy souffle with a sweet fig compote; the flavors are a nice contrast to the sharp, salty blue cheese in the souffle.
Get the Recipe: Blue Cheese Souffles
Parmesan cheese is mixed with herbs and citrus zest and baked into round crisps. Serve atop a soup or salad for a salty, crispy garnish.
Get the Recipe: Parmesan Crisps
Paneer is a type of Indian cheese — you can buy it at Indian grocery stores or make your own using milk, yogurt and lemon juice. Use the cheese in saag, a dish traditionally made with spinach, flavored by spices and ginger.
Get the Recipe: Saag Paneer
It only takes five ingredients to make fresh ricotta cheese from scratch. Make a big batch to eat for breakfast, use in salads or top crostini.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Ricotta
Manchego and Ham Croquetas
Bite into these fried croquetas and a filling of melted Manchego cheese, bell pepper and ham will ooze out.
Get the Recipe: Manchego and Ham Croquetas
Rocky Road Cheesecake
Cream cheese and chocolate create a rich cheesecake filling, while chocolate cookies, meringues and salted peanuts add the rocky road flair.
Get the Recipe: Rocky Road Cheesecake
Frozen waffle fries get a makeover with a melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese sauce and crispy bacon topping.
Get the Recipe: The Smotherload
Dip grilled bread into this warm tomato-basil sauce finished with salty prosciutto and melted Gruyere and mozzarella cheese.
Get the Recipe: Mozzarella Fonduta
Charred Tomato Soup with Melted Mozzarella
Alex takes the classic combination of tomato soup and grilled cheese to the next level with charred tomatoes and a toasted sourdough and mozzarella crostini topping.
Get the Recipe: Charred Tomato Soup with Melted Mozzarella