15 Recipes for People Who Love Cheddar Cheese
Is there any cheese as universally beloved or versatile as cheddar? From creamy, easy-melting mild, to aged super sharp and crumbly, yellow or white, even flavored with everything from cranberries to chives to horseradish, cheddar is the one cheese that never lets you down. And while it will liven up any sandwich or burger, or make an easy topper for a casserole, we love to use it in all sorts of other ways. Check out some of our favorite cheddar cheese recipes that make this super cheese the star.
Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Your basic deviled egg is a thing of beauty, but this upgraded version brings cheddar to the party for what is destined to be your new go-to party egg.
Zippy Cranberry Cheddar Spread
There are plenty of recipes out there for cheese spreads that highlight cheddar, but this one includes the surprise of cranberries for a spread that is as festive to look at as it is to eat.
Baking with cheddar is a natural, and these biscuits are as easy as they are delicious. Even better, they go from breakfast to lunch to dinner seamlessly.
Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms
A party starter that will wow your guests is always a good thing to have in your back pocket, and this new take on a classic stuffed mushroom might be your new secret weapon for entertaining.
Spinach Cheddar Muffins
When pulling together brunch or needing some quick hand-held breakfast items for a busy family on the go, you can't do better than a savory muffin. This one is packed with cheddar flavor and spinach, a terrific way to sneak some vegetables into your morning routine.
Summer Peach, Basil & Cheddar Muffins
Cheddar is one of those cheeses that loves fruit and herbs equally, so this summery cheddar muffin with peach and basil is a natural. And once you know the technique, you can swap in different combinations of fruit and herbs to your heart's content.
Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
Cheddar soups are a winter staple, a meal in a bowl. This version lightens things up a little bit with the addition of cauliflower, but also brings in one of cheddar's best pals, bacon, for a deeply satisfying soup you are going to put into regular rotation.
Green Pea Salad With Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar cheese is often associated with pasta or macaroni salads, but here it pairs up with bright sweet green peas for a salad that is the perfect side dish to bring to your next potluck.
One-Pan Cheddar Mac
Country Ham and Cheddar Mini Hand Pies
Hand pies or pastry pockets are a great way to grab a lunch on the go or provide an afternoon snack for hungry kids, but the commercially produced ones are full of preservatives. Use this recipe to make your own. Make extras to freeze so that you have them on hand for when you need them.
Cheddar-Rosemary Zucchini Boats
Cheddar and vegetables always go well together, and these stuffed zucchini boats are a perfect example. Simple enough to make for a regular weeknight dinner, but elegant enough to serve to company, you can use the same technique for stuffing summer squash or eggplants as well.
Nothing is easier than a sheet pan dish, and cheddar always makes for a terrific topping. This baked chicken dish will be an instant classic at your house, simple enough for the kids to help make, and a crowd pleaser with its crispy cheesy coating on tender juicy chicken.
Cheddar Corn Casserole
Cheddar is always the star of a casserole, and these side dishes can perk up the simplest entrée with aplomb. From a basic baked chicken to Mom’s famous meatloaf, the next time you are searching for a side, look no further than this sweet and savory cheddar corn casserole.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Cheddar and potatoes are a match made in heaven. From cheese fries to gratins, you'll never go wrong when you put them together. Here, a traditional twice-baked potato gets leveled up with the addition of sharp cheddar, for a potato that can be a meal all in itself. Your local steakhouse can't do it better.
Cheddar Pear Pie
Just because cheddar makes your meals so much better doesn't mean you should ignore what it can do for desserts. While a slab of sharp cheddar on a piece of apple pie is an old-school classic, we love this recipe for cheddar pear pie!