Whether it’s simple
mac and cheese or traditional , there’s nothing more comforting than watching gooey melted cheese bubbling and dancing—except maybe devouring it. Though more prevalent in some cultures, cheese is beloved by people all over the world for its ability to comfort and warm the soul. khachapuri, a.k.a. our Georgian cheese-bread obsession
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This Georgian flatbread is from the region of Samegrelo, which borders the Black Sea. It is not, however, beach food. Stuffed with salty cheese and griddled, then heaped with even more cheese and baked, this is stick-to-your ribs winter cooking at its best. Georgians prepare this bread using a crumbly local cheese called imeruli, or a mixture of imeruli and the milder, more elastic sulguni. We substituted a mixture of low moisture mozzarella and strong, tart feta that gets you very close to the traditional version.
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Georgian Cheese Bread (Adjaruli Khachapuri)
Caramelized onions and mushrooms, a pinch of cayenne, and tangy crème fraiche turn this pillowy white bread pudding savory. It makes a delightful brunch, lunch, or dinner with a lightly dressed green salad on the side.
Get the recipe for Cheesy Mushroom and Pancetta Bread Pudding »
This classic French meal of baked, cream-soaked toast and eggs is deceptively simple (and scalable) but lavish. Named for the Alpine region of Bresse, which is best known to the culinary world for its exceptional chickens, the dish is practical country cooking at its finest. As it bakes, the cream soaks into the bread and thickens to a rich sauce right on the platter, resulting in a savory French toast.
Get the recipe for French Baked Toast with Cream and Eggs »
Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas
The man's name was Ignacio Anaya. His nickname was Nacho. When asked what he called the dish he'd just wiped up, Ignacio replied, "Nacho's especiales." A balance of pickly, salty, cheesy, and crisp, this recipe—inspired by the Anaya's—shows that simple can be preferable when it comes to nachos.
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Its name derived from the French verb souffler, meaning "to breathe" or "to puff", a soufflé's pillowy top will naturally rise in the oven but slightly deflate just moments after removal. The eggy treat's fleeting moment of perfection is one of the reasons the dish is handled so delicately by chefs and cherished so deeply by diners. This savory cheese version is courtesy of chef Daniel Skurnick of Le Coucou restaurant in New York City.
Get the recipe for Egg and Cheese Soufflé »
Spinach and Cheese Breadcrumb Dumplings (Strangolapreti)
This specialty of Çesme, a small beach town in Turkey, is one of the world's great grilled cheese sandwiches, in which the cheese itself is grilled before getting slipped into toasted bread with raw tomato and optional (but highly recommended) toppings of griddled sausage and pickled cucumbers and chiles.
Get the recipe for Turkish Grilled Cheese »
This dish, which translates literally to "silk worker's brain," is said to be named for Lyon's 19th-century silk weavers, who'd often make a lunch of the smooth herbed-cheese spread.
Get the recipe for Fromage Blanc Spread (Cervelle de Canut) »
Simply bread your chicken (you could use veal or eggplant instead), fry it, layer with some easy homemade red sauce and mozzarella, and bake.
Get the recipe for Easy Chicken Parmesan »
The Neapolitcan classic reworked for home ovens.
See the recipe for Pizza Margherita »
For these simple bite-size confections from Bengal, milk is turned into homemade paneer cheese and then combined with sugar and cardamom to yield a dense, fudge-like treat.
Get the recipe for Bengali Milk Sweets (Sandesh) »
An adaptation of the fried wonton, crab rangoon is one of the most enduringly popular appetizers at the posh Polynesian restaurant chain Trader Vic's.
Get the recipe for Crab Rangoon »
Ice cream so easy you don't even need to cook it.
Get the recipe for Mascarpone Ice Cream with Apricots, Raspberries, and Honey Granola »
Lasagna gets a bad rap for being a labor-intensive dish, but with a few shortcuts, like starting with store-bought lasagna sheets, you can make a great cheesy version any night of the week.
Get the recipe Classic Easy Lasagna »
A neutral base of lentil salad lets the pleasant sharpness of the
Bleu d'Auvergne cheese, which is aged in sweet wine at La Fromagerie du Comtat, take center stage in this salad. Get the recipe for French Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese »
This simple, comforting dish is a great one to make for dinner parties; the ragù improves over time, so make it the day before, and reheat it just before serving. The polenta can also be made ahead, but you'll need to whisk in a bit of water to loosen it while you warm it on the stove.
Get the recipe for Parmesan Polenta with Sausage Ragù »
These saucy tortillas are stuffed to the ends with different cheeses and covered in a spicy chile sauce.
Get the recipe for Red Chile Enchiladas »
These old school Polish pancakes are lighter, fluffier, and cheesier than the batter-based standard.
Get the recipe for Polish Cottage Cheese Pancakes (lindivikis) »
Ddukbokki, or spicy rice cakes, are a Korean favorite; some Korean cooks in America like to up the ante by covering them in gooey cheddar.
Get the recipe for Korean Rice Cakes Covered in Cheddar »
Gjetost, a traditional Norwegian cheese with a fudgy texture and caramelized flavor, makes for a nutty caramel twist on crème brûlée.
Get the recipe for Gjetost Crème Brûlée Dessert »
Perfect for poutine
These crisp mini-sandwiches are deep-fried and filled with molten cheese.
Get the recipe for Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches »
With both serrano chiles and jalapeños, the dip has a bright spiciness that cuts through the richness of two cheeses. The tangy sour cream added at the end brings it over the top.
Get the recipe for Chile con Queso »
Lasagna Bread (Scaccia)
With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, it's almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah.
Get the recipe for Cuban Medianoche Sandwich »
Meltingly soft spinach strewn with chunks of fresh cheese is delicious scooped up with hot flatbread or served over rice.
Get the recipe for Saag Paneer (Spinach with Fresh Indian Cheese) »
Filled with melted cheese and topped with a runny egg, this flatbread is best eaten hot--tear off the crust and dunk it in the well of cheese and egg.
Get the recipe for Cheese and Egg Bread (Acharuli Khachapuri) »
The croque monsieur, the classic French ham and cheese sandwich covered in cheesy bechamel, becomes a madame when a fried egg is placed on top of it.
Get the recipe for French Croque Madame Sandwich »
With a bit of fire for show.
Get the recipe for Greek Fried Cheese »
When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheesemaker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a three-year-old extra-sharp cheddar.
Get the recipe for American Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »
A creamy soft cheese spread flecked with dill, parsley, and chive.
Get the recipe for French Boursin Dip with Radishes »
Piquant kashkaval, a Balkan cows' or sheep's milk cheese, and mildly spicy shifa peppers add sharpness to these fried potatoes.
Get the recipe for Israeli Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese »
These Georgian dumplings are traditionally made with a spiced meat filling; this cheese and herb version, once meant for religious fasting days, is now enjoyed year-round.
Get the recipe for Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit) »
If you can't find sour tapioca starch to make this Brazilian cheese bread, sweet tapioca starch will yield equally delicious results.
Get the recipe for Pão de Queijo »