Don't freak out, but National Cheese Lovers Day is here, and while for many a die-hard cheese lover, every day is the right day to consume cheese, the holiday brings even more reason to indulge in the addictive dairy product. For those looking to go beyond the cheese plate to celebrate, here's a roundup of 23 cheese recipes for cheese lovers to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day.
Anyone who identifies as a Cheese Lover knows cheese addiction is real, cheese comes in all delicious shapes and flavors, and there is no one way to eat cheese. Whether your go-to is Gouda, you dream of triple-cream brie, or no one knows Jack like you do, you appreciate (and are maybe obsessed with) dishes where the starring ingredient is cheese. For National Cheese Lovers Day (or any other day of the year when you're feeling that extra jonesing), this recipe lineup promises to take you from morning to night with cheese-filled, cheese-infused, and cheese-smothered breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts. The range of cheesy dishes boasts whipped goat cheese, nutty Gruyere, fried mozzarella, dollops of ricotta, creamy burrata, and jalapeno-infused Pepper Jack. So before any more time is wasted, get to cooking so every meal today can be cheesy to the right degree — which is extra cheesy.
1. Bacon Blue Cheese Mashed Potato Waffles
Start off Cheese Lovers Day in the only way that does the holiday justice. This recipe by How Sweet It Is remixes your morning waffles, then calls for topping them off with bacon, egg, and a hefty dose of crumbled blue cheese.
2. Sweet Potato And Mozzarella Skillet
This "effortless brunch dish" from Averie Cooks requires only three ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to make. The comfort food recipe calls for a handful of mozzarella but allows for fontina, goat cheese, or other smooth-melting cheeses as well.
3. Caramelized Pineapple, Ham, And Cheese Turnovers
It's no wonder recipe creator Half Baked Harvest promises "these triangles are heaven." Swiss cheese meets tangy pineapple, salty ham, and caramelized onions for a mouthwatering melange. Savory, buttery, and definitely cheesy, these puff pastry appetizers are a perfect jump start to the morning and also make for a delectable afternoon snack.
4. Whipped Goat Cheese With Honey And Pomegranates
Created by Cooking For Keeps as an appetizer, this whipped goat cheese concoction also works as a delicious alternative to a morning fix of yogurt. Sweet and savory find synergy in this fluffy and light spread topped with pomegranate and drizzled with honey.
5. Fried Mozzarella Toast
A simple serving of this fried mozzarella treat from The Crepes Of Wrath will have you rethinking toast in the future. Complete with "a drizzle of sweet honey and spicy Tabasco," the results are easy to achieve but "dangerously good."
6. Cheesy Margherita Pizza Hummus
If hummus is one of your staple snacks, you don't have to forgo it in honor of cheese lovers day. Half Baked Harvest takes the chickpea dip to new levels with this cheesy upgrade that promises flavors of margherita pizza. Enjoy with grilled pesto pizza bread for the ultimate experience.
7. Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crackers
While store-bought is admittedly delicious, elevate your cheese-craving snacking with these homemade crunchy cheddar crackers by Joy The Baker. The recipe combines "a truly alarming amount of sharp cheddar cheese" with "a hearty amount of chili spices" for a buttery, flaky, crisp snack with extra kick.
8. Roasted Red Pepper And Bacon Goat Cheese Truffles
This savory take on the chocolate truffle by How Sweet It Is brings together flavors of bacon, garlic, and roasted red peppers with the crunch of pistachios and the smooth creamy goodness of goat cheese. The bite-sized morsels are too good to just have one.
9. Parmesan Crusted Fondue Grilled Cheese
The answer to making your grilled cheese sandwich out-of-control cheesy? Take the advice of Foodie Crush and follow the lead of fondue for "a sandwich that combines the essence of that popular 70’s group noshing fest with the centerpieces nutty Gruyere and melted baby Swiss." Encase with Parmesan-crusted bread, and this three-cheese triple-threat will outdo any grilled cheese you've had before.
10. Cheesy Pumpkin Quesadilla
With this recipe from Climbing Grier Mountain, shredded Gruyere and mozzarella bring together the flavors of chicken sausage, rosemary, and pumpkin for a cold weather reinterpretation of a south of the border staple.
11. Spicy Beer Queso With Chorizo And Black Beans
Complement your cheesy quesadilla with this loaded spicy beer queso by How Sweet It is. Freshly grated white cheddar cheese and one and a half cups of your favorite beer promise for an appetizing time.
12. Truffled Gnocchi Macaroni And Cheese
"Easily meltable Swiss cheese, white cheddar, and a bit of salty Parmesan" combine with truffle butter for a truly decadent take on mac and cheese. Foodie Crush tops it all off with bread crumbs, garlic, Parmesan, parsley, and of course, a drizzle of more melted truffle butter.
13. Cheesy Garlic Bombs
As if garlic knots couldn't get any more delicious, this batch by Damn Delicious is stuffed with mozzarella for bite-sized delights that deserve the name "bomb."
14. Cheesy Pull Apart Bread
For another take on cheesy, garlic goodness, this pull-apart bread by Brown Eyed Baker satisfies every cheese craving you'll have this holiday.
15. Brie Cheddar Apple Beer Soup With Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble
With soup season in full-throttle, this unique number from Half Baked Harvest promises to warm you on the coldest of days. Shredded sharp cheddar cheese and cubed brie play with the flavors of beer, honeycrisp apples, and a cinnamon pecan oat crumble topping for an unusual slurp-worthy mix.
16. Cheesy Roasted Jalapeño Fondue
For cheese lover purists, this spicy fondue has a special zing that's sure to melt your heart. The recipe by Tori Avey calls for Pepper Jack cheese, cheddar, diced roasted jalapeños, and smoked paprika.
17. Crispy Roast Potatoes Burrata
Fresh burrata is a delicacy on its own, but this dish by I Am A Food Blog combines the creamy Italian cheese with russet potatoes, lemon zest, olive oil, and parsley for a filling meal that's definitely "a winner."
18. Pimento Cheese Sliders
A Cheese Lovers Day recipe roundup wouldn't be complete without cheeseburgers, and these succulent sliders from Pass The Sushi do just the trick for the holiday. Sharp yellow cheddar cheese is melted with pimentos, mustard, and hot sauce, before topping the ground beef, beer, and paprika sirloin burgers.
19. Four Cheese Pizza: Mozzarella, Parmesan, Brie, And Ricotta
This recipe by I Am A Food Blog urges you to "answer the siren-song of the classic, cheese-topped pizza." Layered with mozzarella, Parmesan, brie, and dollops of ricotta, in that order, the pizza fuses together the best of the four flavors, making it "a winner."
20. One Pan Enchilada Bake
This classic enchilada recipe by Damn Delicious is super easy to cook up and is topped with enough Mexican blend cheese to satisfy all your cravings.
21. Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip
Take a walk on the wild side with this novel pairing by How Sweet It Is. Somewhere between snack and dessert, the flavorsome marriage of white cheddar cheese and blueberries makes for the perfect dip to toasted French bread.
22. Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie
This indulgent dessert by Damn Delicious requires only five to 10 minutes of prep time, meaning you can get to eating its melted goodness that much sooner.
23. Cheddar Croissant Doughnuts With Honey Mustard
It's been a while since we've known that croissants and doughnuts don't need to be enjoyed exclusively, but cheese, croissants, and doughnuts don't need to be enjoyed exclusively either, especially on Cheese Lovers Day. This dessert by Joy The Baker lets cheddar cheese and honey mustard flavor the beautiful fusion of the two pastries.
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