18 Dishes that Are All About Melted Cheese

Because nothing’s better

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on March 18, 2019

From queso to poutine to deep-fried spaghetti, ham, and mozzarella fritters, these dishes highlight cheese in its best form: melted. To the dairy-averse, this is our official warning to avert your eyes.

A decadent mixture of Gruyère, garlic, wine, and kirsch is scooped onto bread rounds and fried until golden and crisp outside, gooey inside.
Coiled strands of spaghetti soak up a creamy sauce in these delectable fried ham and cheese fritters.
A buttery pistachio puree bolsters this mortadella and mozzarella pizza.
Most stromboli recipes call for pizza dough, but the secret to the crispy crust on this baked roll is Italian bread dough—and plenty of the gooey stuff.
Crispy breading encases gooey melted mozzarella cheese in this classic appetizer.
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.
An unabashedly savory collage of french-fried potatoes, beef gravy, and squeaky-fresh cheese curds, poutine is perhaps the ultimate late-night snack.
Requeson (Mexican ricotta) and a variety of other Mexican cheeses to make these craveable croquettes. Serve them with a sweet and smoky chipotle-honey salsa.
The buttery, creamy indulgence of mashed potatoes meets the visceral joy of digging into a baked potato in this iconic side dish.
Simply bread your chicken (you could use veal or eggplant instead), fry it, layer with some easy homemade red sauce and mozzarella, and bake.
These are reminiscent of pizza, but deep-fried and portable.
For this hearty dip, we found that frozen artichoke hearts held up better than jarred ones.
This Wisconsin-inspired soup has been traded and tweaked over the years into its current state: a thick, cheddar-based soup cut through with piquant Gorgonzola.
This simple, comforting root vegetable gratin is perfumed with fragrant thyme and bay leaves before being baked with a bubbly Gruyère crust
This dish represents the best of Ireland: sea, dairy, and spud.
Ddukbokki, or spicy rice cakes, gets an oh-so-American layer of melted cheddar for a stroke of fusion brilliance that recalls nachos as much as Korean cooking.
This signature pizza of both Naples' Starita and New York City's Don Antonio pizzerias is at first fried, then slathered in marinara before it is quickly baked to melt the mozzarella.
This classic gratin dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes, is one of our favorite comfort foods.

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