Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week is full of ooey gooey goodness. You guessed it... it's time for cheese recipes!
Cheese please! When you're ranking comfort foods, you can bet that dishes that score high on the comfort food scale invariably have cheese in them. Think grilled cheese sandwiches, baked casseroles, pastas, pizzas... all cheesy delights. Put a cheese board out at a party and you're guaranteed to draw a crowd. Serve up cheesecake for dessert and it's rare you'll disappoint anyone.
But for this cheese recipe collection we wanted to showcase cheese in some more interesting ways. Think outside the wheel! So we asked our members to share some of their most unique cheese recipes and they delivered.
Whether it's Korean Corn Cheese or a Paneer Burger, there's a huge variety here. We've got some classics like a Baked Brie (but with one of the most beautiful toppings we've ever seen) and Cheese Dip (but this one's made with beer!).
There's also Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups and Farmer's Cheese Crepes. Try your hand at Saganaki, a Greek fried cheese dish, or Acharuli Khachapuri - a Georgian Cheese Stuffed Bread Boat!
And some of these dishes like the Fontina, Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Artichokes, the Aged Goat Cheese Tomato Tart and the Feta Fournou are exceptionally simple but make use of limited, high quality and high flavour ingredients that will wow a crowd!
We've even include a few vegan cheese options. Vegan cheeses have improved dramatically in quality and flavour in recent years and they're definitely worth checking out if you love cheese but need a dairy free option!
Looking for more cheese ideas? Check out our entire section on Canadian Cheeses - everything from tips for pairing Canadian cheeses with beer or champagne to the best Canadian cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches, to how to choose Canadian cheeses for a summer cheese board.
1. Korean Corn Cheese (Elote Style)
Korean Corn Cheese is cheesy snack that's meant to be eaten with drinks (y'all, it's got corn, cheese and mayo in it!). Pups With Chopsticks decided to put a twist on it and serve it up Elote style with some of the flavours you associate with Mexican grilled corn. This dish uses Mozzarella and Cotija Cheeses but you can use Feta in place of the Cotija in a pinch. Serve it on the patio with some crunchy tortilla chips and some cold beverages for a delicious way to kick back and enjoy a summer evening!
2. Apple Baked Brie with Honey, Walnut and Caraway
If you're ever looking for an appetizer that's elegant and delicious but oh so easy then you can't beat a baked brie. It looks gorgeous and it's always a crowd pleaser. This Apple Baked Brie with Honey, Walnut and Caraway from Diversivore is a gorgeous oozy brie that's topped with some big flavours. It's sure to be a show stopper.
3. Beer Cheese Dip
by In The Kitch
Team up a good, sharp, English style cheddar with a British dark lager and you have the makings of a delicious pub classic... Beer Cheese Dip. In the Kitch shows you how to make your own and it's a great dip to bring out at a party or as part of your game day eats.
4. Fontina, Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Artichokes
A lot of people shy away from cooking artichokes because they think they're sooooo difficult. Pina Bresciani thought the same thing until she tried creating these Fontina, Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Artichokes and realized they were so much easier than she thought! So why not give them a try yourself?
5. Vegan Cauliflower Gratin With Cultured Cashew Cheese (GF)
There was a time when vegan or dairy free cheese was just... not good (to put it mildly). But times have changed and the vegan cheese options available have improved dramatically. One of the ones we love, especially for creamy sauces, is cashew cheese, which is exactly what Naughty Nutrition used to make their Vegan (and Gluten-Free) Cauliflower Gratin. Don't give up comfort food just because dairy is a no-go - not when there's recipes this delicious available!
6. Aged Goat Cheese Tomato Tart
One of the delights of tomato season is taking fresh tomatoes and pairing them with simple but oh so flavourful ingredients for dishes that delight you with their simplicity and their taste. This Aged Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart from SugarLoveSpices is a perfect example and a recipe you need to have on rotation for summer tomato months!
7. Roasted Beet and Halloumi Skewers
If you want an easy appetizer our Roasted Beet and Halloumi Skewers are just the ticket. Using only a handful of ingredients but packed with flavour, these are an easy and colourful appetizer to pass around or have people help themselves to!
8. Feta Fournou
Feta Fournou simply means "baked feta" and if you've never had it before, it's a real treat! This version by Allergy Girl Eats is meant to be a side dish or a snack and works well as a dip for tortilla chips or to top crispy rounds of bread as an appetizer or as a topping for baked potatoes (or you can just eat it with a spoon!).
9. Paneer Burger
What about a burger where you remove the beef and replace it with a cheese patty? That's exactly what Celebration Generation's Paneer Burger is. Paneer is a fresh cheese that's often used in Indian dishes and it deep fries really well - perfect for making a burger patty. This one is topped with quick pickles veggies and a cilantro mint mayo spread!
10. Cheese Wheel Wedding Cake
There are cheese lovers... and then there are cheese lovers. And while it's not every day you need a wedding cake, if your love for cheese approaches the depths of the love you have for your future bride or groom, then perhaps a Everyday on Occasion's Cheese Wheel Wedding Cake is for you! If you can't decided on just one type of cheese, make it a multi-layer cake! You could also use this idea for birthday parties or anywhere that you need a creative take on a cake and you have a lot of cheese lovers to please!
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