The Kitchn's Most Delicious Cheesy Recipes of 2015

The Kitchn's Most Delicious Cheesy Recipes of 2015

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Hali Bey Ramdene
Dec 21, 2015

This year, we professed our love for cheese with recipes that showed off its versatility. As a flavorful finish to a bowl of pasta, or the rich and creamy filling in an upgraded grilled cheese sandwich, there's always something new to do with what we consider an absolute kitchen staple.

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1. Lighter Baked Mac and Cheese

Because mac and cheese is about options. And if you're looking for something rich, creamy, and satisfying without the usual heft, this roasted red pepper-studded casserole is for you. How did we make it creamy without cutting down on flavor? We have cottage cheese and sour cream to thank for that.

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2. Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach & Blue Cheese

Blue cheese can be polarizing, but when you love it, you love it all the way. It shares the stage with sweet butternut squash and spinach is this garlicky pasta.

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3. Cottage Cheese Muffins with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta

Bake a tray of these savory breakfast muffins and enjoy a cheese-filled breakfest that feels light and elegant, and is naturally gluten-free.

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4. Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese

This fast, vegetarian-friendly entrée of skillet gnocchi is bathed in a sauce of creamy goat cheese and sweet potatoes. Goat cheese adds a pleasant tang, but any creamy cheese could do in a pinch.

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5. Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Grilled cheese + egg in a basket = fusion cooking at its finest. Something about this unapologetically ooey-gooey sandwich is screaming for an ironic adult twist. Serve it for New Year's brunch with a glass of bubbly.

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6. Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

There are few things that can make a good loaf of homemade pumpkin bread better. Then you add a ripple of cream cheese and gladly admit you were wrong.

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7. Dubliner Cheese and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffing lean chicken breast with a sharp cheddar gives the staple weeknight protein an update worthy of your next dinner party. Use this cheese and tomato filling on chicken thighs as well.

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8. Roasted Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwiches

Our go-to vegetarian sandwich hits all the big flavors. Thick rounds of sweet potato, peppery arugula, and a creamy goat cheese spread keep this sandwich interesting.

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9. Cheeseburger Hand Pies

The all-American cheeseburger rarely needs an update, but when you give it a handheld twist, we can't help but say, "Please pass the ketchup!"

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10. Fresh Herb, Potato, and Goat Cheese Frittata

There are so many reasons to love a frittata: They're fast, can be made with a handful of ingredients you have in the fridge, and can make a humdrum dinner feel special and elegant with a few choice ingredients. Herbs, potatoes, and goat cheese are ingredients that do just that.

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11. Giant Skillet Grilled Cheese with Ham and Apple

Take a grilled cheese sandwich, super-size it, and mix in ham and apples and you've got a dinner-sized portion of a family favorite that every one gets to eat hot and all at once.

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12. Herbed Goat Cheese Polenta Bites

Get over the holiday appetizer rut with these make-ahead herb and goat cheese polenta bites. They're pan-fried for a crispy flavor, and pair with a crisp white wine for easy celebrating.

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13. How To Make Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Puff pastry is the secret weapon of any host. Keep a package of it in the freezer and you can make a delicious appetizer — like these cheese straws — in a matter of minutes before the guests arrive.

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14. Blue Cheese Ball with Dried Figs and Honey

A must-make for blue cheese lovers, this sweet and savory cheese ball is a scene stealer at any holiday party. Make it ahead so all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge once the party gets started.

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