15 Dreamy, Ultra-Cheesy Recipes We'll Never Stop Making

From gooey sandwiches to sweet-meets-savory brownies.

May 10, 2023
Photo by Julia Gartland

This article is a part of Cheese Week—seven days of recipes and stories, all cheese—presented by our friends at Proudly Wisconsin Cheese.

Of all the reasons we love cheese (and trust us, there are many), one that tops the list is its versatility. Whether you’ve got goat cheese or mascarpone, cheddar or mozzarella, there are so so many ways to cook and bake with cheese. And it doesn’t stop at savory dishes—there are endless opportunities to incorporate cheeses of all kinds into sweet treats, too.

To celebrate just how versatile cheese can be, we rounded up 15 of our favorite cheesy recipes, from savory mains to delectable desserts.

1. Win Son's Bacon, Egg & Cheese Scallion Pancake

This recipe from Win Son Presents a Taiwanese American Cookbook by Josh Ku, Trigg Brown, and Cathy Erway puts a Taiwanese American spin on a classic bacon, egg, and cheese by using scallion pancakes as the ultimate breakfast sandwich vessel.

2. One-Bowl Lemon Cake With Citrus Glaze

This one-bowl lemon cake from Jessie Sheehan uses ricotta cheese for a fluffy-as-can-be final product. Plus, what’s lemon cake without a generous amount of sweet, citrusy glaze?

3. Honeynut Squash Frittata With Red Onion & Sage

Ever thought that frittatas can feel a little, well, uninspired? For a frittata that’s anything but, look no further than this golden, goat cheese-topped recipe from Melina Hammer, which she adapted from her book, A Year at Catbird Cottage, to work with any squash that’s in season.

4. Egg & Cheese Katsu Sando From Malcolm Livingston

Chef Malcom Livingston’s sando is the ultimate combination of flavors and textures—crispy, gooey, cheesy, and umami all at once.

5. Caramelized Kimchi Patty Melt

This riff on the diner favorite from Hana Asbrink substitutes caramelized onions for caramelized kimchi and uses Pepper Jack (instead of Swiss) for an extra kick of heat.

6. Goat Cheese Beignets

These deliciously crispy goat cheese beignets are fried to perfection then drizzled with honey and freshly ground black pepper for a little bit of sweet and heat.

7. Cheddar Brownies

Cheddar and chocolate might not seem like the perfect match, but this recipe will convince you otherwise. Pro tip: Use mature chunks of cheddar cheese so that their crystallized structure will take on caramelly notes as the brownies bake.

8. Yum Yum Cheeseburger Pie

Based on a childhood staple, this no-fuss, highly comforting weeknight dinner recipe turns a cheeseburger into a (you guessed it) cheesy, meaty pie.

9. Tacos Gobernador

Succulent shrimp tacos with toasted flour tortillas and oozing cheese? Say no more. Rick Martinez shared this recipe from his gorgeous debut cookbook, Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico.

10. Pickled Peaches With Burrata Toast

Give firmer, early-in-the-season peaches new life by pickling them (they’ll soften the longer they sit in the brine) and serving on a dreamy burrata toast with basil.

11. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

“Just like what it sounds like—a jalapeño popper, reborn as your new favorite grilled cheese,” writes Emma Laperruque of her spicy twist on the classic. We’ll take three, please.

12. Chili Mac Rice Cakes

Hamburger Helper partly inspired this speedy (we’re talking on the table in 15 minutes) recipe featuring Korean rice cakes along with crowd favorites like ground beef and loads of cheddar cheese.

13. Kimchi Cheddar Biscuits

Why make plain biscuits when you can make them with kimchi and cheddar instead? These biscuits from pastry chef and food writer Joy Cho have a delectable richness from the kimchi and sharp cheddar, and—bonus—get nice and crispy on the bottom as they bake.

14. Baked Camembert With Dates

Meet crusty bread’s new BFF: Here, ultra-creamy Camembert, dates, and thyme are baked until bubbling for a decadent yet simple dip that’s perfect for a party.

15. Cheesy Corn Mochi Cake

Corn, mochi, and cheese? We’re all in. Sohla El-Waylly’s recipe pushes the boundaries of a typical mochi cake by incorporating crackly cheese crusts and sweet corn kernels. Leftovers are no such thing here.

What’s your favorite cheesy recipe of all time? Tell us in the comments below!

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