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32 Ways to Eat Cheese for Dinner ( ...and Dessert)

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Forget apple season: It's cheese-eating season. We're on the cusp of the time of year when there's no risk that making cheese into a meal (the melty or crispy kind—not the cheese plate kind) will leave you uncomfortably sweaty and wishing to shrug off your own skin.

No, now's the moment when cheese is our source of warmth, our pulley through the cold winter ahead. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

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Here are 28 ways to eat cheese for dinner—as cheese, glorious cheese; in between or on top of bread; mixed into pasta; and with some vegetables thrown in there. And, if you just can't get enough, 4 ways to eat it for dessert, too.

Really just cheese:

Queso Fundido con Hongos
Queso Fundido con Hongos
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Grilled Lemon Halloumi
Grilled Lemon Halloumi
Baked Feta with Rosemary Blackberry Compote
Baked Feta with Rosemary Blackberry Compote
Simple Cheese Soufflé
Simple Cheese Soufflé
Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue
Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue
Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper
Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper
Pimento Cheese Soufflé
Pimento Cheese Soufflé
Gabriella's Farmers Cheese Gnocchi
Gabriella's Farmers Cheese Gnocchi

Cheese + Bread:

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck

Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck by mrslarkin

Mozzarella in Carrozza with Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Jam

Mozzarella in Carrozza with Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted ... by mrslarkin

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese
Ooey Gooey Toasted Cheese
Deep-Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches (Mozzarella in Carrozza)
Deep-Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches (Mozzarella in Carrozza)

Cheese + Pasta:

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese
President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese
Pizza Macaroni and Cheese

Pizza Macaroni and Cheese by Posie Harwood

Miso Mac and Cheese

Miso Mac and Cheese by Posie Harwood

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese by mrslarkin

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese by Genius Recipes

Cheese + A Side of Vegetables (or Fruit?):

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata
Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Substitute the plums for thinly sliced apple, pears, poached quince, grapes, or figs.

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Parmesan Mousse
Parmesan Mousse
Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint "Caprese"
Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint "Caprese"

Peaches may not be at your local market anymore, but did you know you can grill apples, too?

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Cheese Fondue Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin
Cheese Fondue Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin

Sweet, Sweet Cheese:

Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes
Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes
Irene's Middle Eastern Knafeh with Orange Blossom Syrup
Irene's Middle Eastern Knafeh with Orange Blossom Syrup
Ricotta, Feta and Mint Layers with Honeyed Blood Oranges

Ricotta, Feta and Mint Layers with Honeyed Blood Oranges by mrslarkin

Seadas (Sardinian Honey and Cheese Pastries)

Seadas (Sardinian Honey and Cheese Pastries) by Emiko

What's your favorite way to make cheese into a meal? Tell us in the comments! And don't hold back.