What's more comforting than cheese? Try warm, crispy, gooey fried cheese.

January 27, 2016

From savory Greek-inspired tarts to sweet, honey-coated goat cheese balls, here are five amazing recipes that call for fried cheese.

1. Creamed Spinach with Fried Cheese Curds

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Chef Gavin Kaysen's decadent creamed spinach features delicious cheddar cheese curds.

2. Fried Goat Cheese Balls with Honey

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These sweet-savory fritters are excellent either as an appetizer or a dessert.

3. Red Pepper and Onion Tarts with Dates and Fried Cheese

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Fried Kasseri cheese tops these savory Greek-influenced tarts.

4. Pan-Fried Scamorza with Arugula Salad and Two Pestos

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Pan-frying scamorza, a firm Itlalian cow's milk cheese, gives it an irresistible crust. Provolone would also work well.

5. Besh's Fried Goat Cheese and Frisée Salad

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Star chef Jon Besh's terrific salad combines fried goat cheese medallions with thin slices of country ham.