Who doesn't love gooey, melty, cheesy food?
There is something absolutely amazing about melted cheese, especially when that cheese is paired with a dish that is great in its own right. Finding the right type of cheese and the right quantities to get the best results is always a bit of a challenge – but thankfully, you don't have to.
The recipes in this list are all examples of cheesy goodness and they come in all different forms. Some are simple, while some are much more complex.
But, they're all perfect options to get cheesy goodness into your day. If nothing else, any dish on this list would be the ultimate comfort food. After all, what's more comforting than melted cheese (okay, maybe chocolate, but shh…).
Bacon Mac ‘n' Cheese Nachos
This recipe is a bit on the unusual side, but that's not a bad thing. Bacon mac and cheese itself has got to be one of my favorite comfort foods and the idea of combining this with tortilla chips is pure genius. The recipe comes from spinachtiger.com and focuses on making these cute little appetizers. But, you could also just make the mac and cheese and have guests dip the tortilla chips into the mac and cheese.
Baked Bree with Sundried Tomatoes
I had never heard of baked brie before I started this list, but now that I think about it, it sounds like an amazing approach. Brie is already heavenly when it is melted, which you can see from the picture. It starts to ooze out all over the place. This is actually a very simple recipe from tasteandtellblog.com, but it looks quite professional, so it would be a fun option for parties.
Garlic Herb Cheesy Potatoes
This cheesy recipe is a great combination of potatoes and cheese – two ingredients that always seem to go so well together. The recipe for this dish came from pinchofyum.com and it is a particularly inspired dish. I love the way that it looks all cooked, but I'm sure it would taste even better than it looks. However, you'll have to give the recipe a go for yourself if you want to know exactly how it tastes.
Sweet and Savory Grilled Cheese
Just about everybody can make grilled cheese of some form or another. But honestly, getting grilled cheese right is an art form. Some of that comes down to the recipe and some of it comes down to the technique. In this recipe, from minimalistbaker.com, Dana offers a simple but great recipe, along with advice on how to cook it just right. Actually, there are two different recipes given, so you can pick which one you want to make.
Mississippi Mud Cheesy Potatoes
Here's another recipe that combines cheese and potatoes – although there is bacon thrown in the mix as well. I love the way you have all of these little potato pieces in the recipe and I think they would make it interesting to eat. The recipe comes from mamaplusone.com if you want to check it out. This is also a simple recipe and only contains five ingredients. Honestly, that just makes the recipe even more appealing.
Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
This recipe caught my eye the moment I saw it. I'm a bit of a sucker for good bread in general, but when you add in cheese, garlic and bacon – I'm long gone. This would be an amazing dish to serve at a party, although I think you'd find that it gets consumed very quickly. As the appearance suggests, this recipe is a little complex to make, but honestly, it isn't that bad. You can check out all of the ingredients and directions at fivehearthome.com, and I hope you do give this one a try for yourself.
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Dips can sometimes get a bit boring, especially if you end up making the same thing time and time again. This pizza dip is a fun way to break up that routine and it certainly isn't a dish that you see made very often. I can imagine this one being a perfect choice for any pizza lovers (or cheese lovers, of course). It is also a particularly ‘manly' dip, which might be appealing for some situations. This time, the recipe comes from rachelcooks.com and you can find all of the information you need over at her site.
Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Spread
Here's an option if you want something a little bit more unusual. This recipe comes from browneyedbaker.com and as you can see, it's a recipe for a cheese spread (although, you could also easily use it as a dip). The texture of the spread is a little bit unusual, but I think it works really well. If nothing else, you can give it a try and see whether it works for you.
Loaded Baked Potato Nachos
These nachos might be a bit of a twist from what you're expecting. The recipe uses thinly sliced potatoes instead of nacho chips. I've tried a dish like this in the past and in many ways the end result is better than traditional nachos. This recipe from centercutcook.com is also heavy with the cheese and bacon, so you end up with something that is very hearty and far too irresistible.
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip
I really like this recipe, because it is quite simple, but it is a really good combination of flavors. I can't help thinking that this dip would be about perfect at a party. The recipe is fairly heavy in fat, but Julie does offer some suggestions to make it healthier, if that's what you want. Either way, you can find all the information you need for the recipe at julieblanner.com.
BLT Grilled Cheese
This recipe is another variation on traditional grilled cheese. This time, the sandwich takes inspiration from a classic BLT (although it doesn't actually have lettuce in there). As Heidi, from foodiecrush.com, explains, in this case the ‘L' stands for lacy Swiss cheese. It's a clever twist and I do love the way the final sandwich has those different layers.
Super Cheesy Mushroom Pasta Bake
You can see how cheesy this recipe is just from the image. I love it when you get gooey chunks of cheese like that when you scoop into a dish. The rest of the recipe also looks pretty appealing, so don't worry, you do end up with more than just a mouthful of cheese. If you're interested in this one, you can check out all of the details at blueridgebabe.com.
Baked Brie Bites
Sometimes, recipes for cheese lovers can be more subtle. Sure, we all love dishes that are overflowing with cheese, sometimes recipes like this are needed. In this case, the recipe is for little appetizers that use brie cheese along with puff pastry cups and any number of garnishes. The approach is pretty clever really, because brie is really creamy once it starts melting. You can find the directions for this one at iowagirleats.com. The appetizers also have the advantage of being pretty simple to put together, which is perfect if you want to make a lot of them.
Kicked Up Cheddar Cheese Sauce
We're focusing on cheese, so I'd be remiss if I didn't include at least one cheese sauce recipe. This one came from sallysbakingaddiction.com and it's a great reminder that we don't need lots of additives or processed ingredients to have a great cheese sauce. Of course, this isn't just a basic cheese sauce recipe. Sally calls it ‘kicked up' cheese sauce and when you see the ingredients list, I'm sure you'll understand why.
Cranberry Baked Brie Bites
Here is another example of that brie bites idea. This time, the recipe comes from gimmesomeoven.com and the bites actually look a little bit Christmassy. The recipe for these appetizers includes the recipe for the cups, along with a recipe for cranberry sauce, which you can see goes over the top. Actually, it's a boozy cranberry sauce recipe (even better!), although Ali does offer a substitution for those of you who don't want alcohol in your sauce.
Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
Yes, I know, it's grilled cheese again. But seriously… just look at it! Does that look anything like the grilled cheese you grew up with? The combination of colors and flavors in this recipe is simply amazing and it seems like a good way of making a more adult version of the classic grilled cheese. However, I think it is only going to appeal to people who like sweet potato and kale. Anyway, you can check out the recipe at twopeasandtheirpod.com.
Cheese and Onion Stuffed Flatbreads
This flatbread recipe is a good choice if you want to make something cheesy that isn't too heavy. The interesting thing here is that the recipe actually has you make the flatbread right from the beginning. So, it is a bit of work, but when you make any type of bread from scratch, it always ends up so much better. This time, the recipe comes from amuse-your-bouche.com. As some of the commenters on the post point out, this is a good recipe simply because it consists of ingredients that most of us would already have in our pantry.
Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites
This recipe is another version of those baked brie appetizers that I mentioned earlier, but this time, the recipe is a bit different. As you can see, in this case the end result is a ball-like bite. The previous two similar recipes both used premade puff pastry shells from the store, but this recipe from wellplated.com has you using puff pastry. I think the end result here is a bit more unique, although it does require a more work.
Three Cheese Pesto Spinach Flatbread Pizza
Pizza is pretty cheesy in its own right, so I didn't include any typical pizza recipes in this list. But, I felt like I had to include this pizza, partly because it is so different. Like normal pizza, you do get a hefty dose of cheese in this recipe, and that includes mozzarella, parmesan and feta cheese. It's also a fairly healthy recipe, especially when you consider the amount of spinach on the pizza. You can check out the recipe at peasandcrayons.com (which is also a really fun site name, don't you think?).
BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos
Nachos are another dish that seems to be naturally cheesy. To me, this recipe feels like a more elaborate version of nachos. It does have a lot of the classic nacho flavors, but it also goes beyond that, particularly with the inclusion of bacon. However, the really interesting thing about this recipe is that it uses a barbecue flavor, which I wasn't expecting. Still, that flavor would be pretty perfect. If you'd like to give this one a try, head on over to thereciperebel.com.
Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes
Cheese isn't an especially common ingredient with mashed potatoes, but why not? This recipe comes from gonnawantseconds.com and I have to admit that the recipe is pretty genius. This isn't your typical mashed potatoes recipe either, in fact, it's quite a major variation. You'll have to check out the recipe to see what I mean. Don't be put off though. I think the variations just make this that much stronger as a dish.
Garlic Herb Bombs
This recipe manages to be both simple and fun, which is always a good combination. On the outside, the balls don't even look like they contain cheese, so you might manage to surprise a few guests. The author suggested using these as part of a Thanksgiving dinner, but really, you could use them at any occasion or even at a normal meal. All of the details are available at rasamalaysia.com.
Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches
Yes, I know. Grilled cheese sandwiches again. But honestly, grilled cheese is a mainstay for any cheese lover. Besides, this recipe is a bit unusual, because you don't normally see apple or sriracha in grilled cheese. Still, the combination seems to work well. To be honest, I don't think we play around with our grilled cheese enough. There are all sorts of different combinations that we can make if we put our minds to it. As for this particular recipe, you can find the details at theendlessmeal.com.
Loaded Potato Wedges
There were a few pictures of these nachos to choose from, but I had to pick this image, because just look at the cheese. That image alone should show you why I picked this as an addition to the list. For me, this is one of those images that makes me drool every time I look at it, even if I've just eaten. Come on… you have to admit that it looks really good. Anyway, you can check out the recipe (and the photography) for yourself at macheesmo.com.
Super Creamy Mac and Cheese
Did you think that I'd forgotten about mac and cheese? It is one of the classic examples of a cheesy dish, especially when it's made right. I'm not talking about mac and cheese made from a packet of powder. I mean the real deal. This mac and cheese recipe comes from spicysouthernkitchen.com and it's a perfect example of a great mac and cheese recipe. The instructions are also very clear, so it would be a breeze to make.
Aged Cheddar and Guinness Fondue
I've never actually made fondue, but I do absolutely love the idea. After all, if you love melted cheese you can't do much better than a hot cheese fondue. Of course, this recipe might come close, as it manages to add in one of my other favorites – booze. The recipe actually covers a few different areas, including the fondue, the bread and other things to serve the whole thing with. The recipe itself is hosted over at steamykitchen.com and there are even instructions for how to make it without a fondue pot.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
I mentioned mac and cheese before, so here's a second great mac and cheese recipe. This one is designed to be baked in the oven and it comes from thecountrycontessa.com. The recipe is another one that manages to be cheesy and creamy in equal measure, and does so without including a bunch of additives or artificial ingredients.
The mac and cheese will spoil you though. After you have tried this one once, you definitely won't be able to eat mac and cheese out of the box again.
Crispy Bacon and Brie Grilled Sandwich
What can you do to make grilled cheese even better? Well, the addition of bacon, brie cheese and caramelized onion certainly seems like it would do the trick. I think this grilled cheese recipe looks amazing on the plate, especially as all of that cheese is just oozing out. This time, the recipe comes from simply-delicious-food.com and, without a doubt, you should check it out.
Quick Crockpot Fondue
I think people get put off fondue because it seems complicated and messy to make. Getting a fondue maker always seems like the best option, but it seems silly to have a gadget specifically for fondue if you don't eat it that often. Anetta, from thewanderlustkitchen.com, has a great solution for that problem, with this crockpot recipe for cheese fondue.
I love the idea of using a crockpot to make fondue. That approach makes the process much quicker and easier. Plus, Anetta's recipe sounds really nice. It would be a great introduction to fondue and lots of fun for any guests.