We love cooking with cheese! Let us count the ways … and share some of our best cheese-y recipes.
Cheese is so versatile, adding flavor to any meal.
- A pot of macaroni becomes a satisfying supper when covered with a rich cheese sauce.
- Pasta tossed with goat cheese and fresh tomatoes or, if the pasta is hot, butter and then Parmesan is an almost-instant and indulgent meal.
- Adding feta cheese to a common salad can greatly enhance your lunch break.
- And a quiche is not just a quiche when it’s made with a cheese that’s new to you: Try Gruyère or Colby, for example.
It might surprise you to learn that the United States is the largest manufacturer and importer of cheese in the world, and the choices at specialty shops and even at local supermarkets are dizzying.
Don’t stick to the same old selections. Try different kinds, especially the farm-made domestic and imported cheeses. We’ve made it easy for you by collecting a few of our favorite recipes using a variety of cheeses to help get you started.
How Much Cheese?
When a recipe calls for shredded, crumbled, or grated cheese, use these guidelines for purchasing cheese by weight:
4 ounces cheddar cheese = 1 cup shredded
4 ounces blue or feta cheese = 1 cup crumbled
3 ounces hard-grating cheese = 1 cup grated
Serve this rich soup with bread and a salad to make a complete meal. This dish is a good example of how a soft cheese such as Brie can enhance the flavor of soup or stew.
Credit: Yulia Davidovich
A cheddar such as Grafton or Tillamook gives this dish legendary flavor.
This recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Comfort Food cookbook contains three different cheeses and is sure to convert anyone who claims not to like eggplant.