Delicious cheesy recipes: Don’t Cheat on the Cheese!

Karen Burns-Booth

There used to be an old advertisement on the TV that promoted cheese with the catchphrase, “Don’t Cheat on the Cheese”, and, as it’s such a versatile and tasty ingredient, I’ve compiled a list of ten of my favourite cheese recipes, that are sure to keep you and your family happy at the dinner table!

1. French Cheese Cake Tower

This savoury French Cheese Cake Tower is a spectacular tower of French cheeses; it’s perfect for any spring or summer wedding as well as special family celebration dinners. Click here for the recipe.

 

2. Baked Camembert Garlic, Thyme and Rosemary

Baked Camembert makes a wonderfully indulgent supper dish, with a glass of wine on the side, and it’s ready in 20 minutes, making it the perfect choice if time is tight after a long day at work. Click here for the recipe.

 

3. Nduja, Pear and Cheese Toasties with Cheddar

A delightfully comforting cheese toastie with a zingy kick from the spicy nduja sausage, contrasting with the slices of pear and apple. A generous cheese filling which oozes when grilled makes the perfect toasted sandwich. Click here for the recipe.

 

4. Cheese and Wild Garlic Scones

It’s the season for gathering wild garlic, the flowers are starting to bloom on the plants and it’s a great ingredient to add to your baking. Scones are a really good vehicle for all sorts of flavours, both sweet and savoury, and the cheese works really well with the wild garlic. Click here for the recipe.

 

5. Rustic Tuscan Bean Casserole with Cheese Croutons

Serve this cheesy bean casserole with a bowl of truffle oil and more crusty bread for a wholesome and satisfying meal. And if the weather is being unkind, then why not enjoy the beans with a pile of fluffy mashed potatoes made with truffle oil for a rainy summer’s day Italian feast? Click here for the recipe.

 

6. Bacon, Cheese & Onion Savoury Bread Pudding

A savoury cheese bread pudding—particularly useful if you have stale bread that you don’t want to waste. I’ve also seen this kind of dish referred to as a bread casserole and a bread bake, and it’s the that cheese really makes this dish so tasty and indulgent. Click here for the recipe.

 

7. Croque Madame

Toasted ham and cheese, with a good dollop of mustard, topped with a rich creamy béchamel sauce and a fresh fried egg. It’s the perfect lunchtime staple. Click here for the recipe.

 

8. Honey Ale Mac’n’Cheese

The ale used in this is a Hiver Honey Ale, which gives the dish a Welsh rarebit kind of flavour. It's really rich, and uses strong cheddar and mozzarella cheese for some extra lovely gooeyness! You just want to dive straight into the pan, it's that good! Click here for the recipe.

 

9. Leek, Potato and Bacon Hotpot with Jarlsberg Cheese

This Leek, Potato and Bacon hotpot is a very simple one-pot supper dish. Change it up by using sausage or cooked chicken instead of the bacon, or by omitting the meat altogether for a vegetarian option. Click here for the recipe.

 

10. Smoked Cheese & Onion Straws

Posh enough for cocktail nibbles and perfect for the school lunch box, these tasty little smoked cheese numbers are easy to make and are loved by all the family, and if you don’t have smoked cheese, any mature cheese will do. Click here for the recipe.

 

Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance recipe developer, food and travel writer and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers. She writes for her own blog Lavender and Lovage.

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