Get Some Cheddar With These Cheesy Recipes

Cheddar makes everything better

In his 1994 track "Warning," Notorious B.I.G. famously exclaimed, "touch my cheddar, feel my Beretta." Was he talking about cheese? Probably not. But we are. And while it's impossible to pinpoint when and how exactly cheddar became synonymous with cold, hard, cash, but if we had to venture a guess, it'd probably be because everyone loves it and everyone wants it—and it often comes in golden yellow bricks.

From its 12th-century origins in southwest England (King Henry II once purchased more than 10,000 pounds if cheddar in the year 1170), to its modern ubiquity in dairy cases the world over, the making of cheddar has remained much the same: Large curds are separated from the whey, after which they're salted and pressed into molds to drain and dry. Brilliant orange annatto seeds are sometimes used to lend it a richer orange color, which some believe was done to more closely resemble the saturated hue of cheeses made from grass-fed cows.

Whichever way the cheddar crumbles, it makes a great cooking cheese, melting easily into biscuits, shortbreads, and pasta, and always providing a sharp, recognizable cheese flavor. Here are are 13 recipes to help you get some cheddar of your own.

Cheddar and Sausage Balls

Sharp Cheddar and Pork Sausage Balls
These holiday favorites benefit from a spicy, sage-heavy bulk pork sausage. Get the recipe for Cheddar and Sausage Balls »Marcus Nilsson

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit
When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheese maker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a 3-year-old extra-sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »Vanessa Rees

Tomato-Cheddar Tart

Tomato-Cheddar Tart
Salting and draining fresh tomatoes before baking ensures a crisp, flaky crust for this savory tart from the Dominican sisters of Heartland Farm in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Get the recipe for Tomato-Cheddar Tart »James Roper

Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Kulcha

Cheddar Cheese Kulcha
This lightly leavened twist on the traditional Indian naan flatbread is filled with melty cheddar, pepper, and spices. Get the recipe for Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Kulcha »Matt Taylor-Gross

Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes

Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes
Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, potato croquettes filled with a combination of white cheddar and salty ham are the ultimate party snack. Get the recipe for Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes »Anna Stockwell

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Pecan Cheese Wafers
The recipe for these crisp, spicy crackers is adapted from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2013). Get the recipe for Pecan Cheese Wafers »Ingalls Photography

Tuna Melt Canapes

Tuna Melt Canapes
Curry powder, raisins, and chutney pair nicely with cheddar cheese in this dressed-up tuna melt. Get the recipe for Tuna Melt Canapes »Todd Coleman

Southern-Style Mac and Cheese

Southern-Style Mac and Cheese
In this wonderful regional take on mac and cheese, grated onion and Worcestershire sauce are added to the mix. Get the recipe for Southern-Style Mac and Cheese »André Baranowski

Poutine

Classic Poutine
The province's gastronomic achievements may reach dizzying heights, but Quebec may forever be known as the place where poutine began. An unabashedly savory collage of french-fried potatoes, beef gravy, and squeaky-fresh cheese curds, poutine is one of the all-time greatest late-night snacks. This recipes comes to us from Toronto, Ontario native Anne-Marie White. Get the recipe for Poutine »Maxime Iattoni

Real Deal Ignacio-Style Nachos

nachos
With a balanced smattering of pickly peppers and salty cheese, this recipe—inspired by the original nacho recipe—proves that simple is preferable when it comes to this dish. If you opt to fry your own tortillas, look for soft tortillas made with all corn (and no flour) for the crunchiest results. Get the recipe for Real Deal Ignacio-Style Nachos »Matt Taylor-Gross

White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Sun-dried tomatoes and chopped ham turn up the flavor in this baked pasta. Get the recipe for White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese »James Oseland

Sharp Cheddar Sandwich

Sharp Cheddar Sandwich
Dense rye bread is the perfect base for a generous smear of whole-grain mustard and thin slices of sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for Sharp Cheddar Sandwich »Helen Rosner

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli and cheddar are a classic pair; their mellow flavors marry in this creamy casserole, a weeknight staple from former Saveur editor Kellie Evans' mother, Patricia. Get the recipe for Broccoli Casserole »Maxime Iattoni