10 Recipes for Cheddar Cheese Lovers
From bacon-topped dip to stuffed burgers.
Considering just how big the cheese universe is, picking a favorite is near impossible—but, in our humble opinion, you can never go wrong with cheddar. It’s a staple in macaroni and cheese and sandwiches, but we also love to use it in everything from soup (especially with beer) to waffles for a savory kick. Read on for some of our favorite cheddar recipes.
The beauty of these biscuits is that you get a double punch of grated sharp cheddar. The cheese is mixed into the dough, of course—but the biscuits are also baked on top of a pile of cheddar, too, resulting in crispy, lacy “feet” that form around the edges and add beautiful caramelized flavor.
This recipe got a resounding five-star rating from our readers, and it’s easy to see why. The soup not only combines two differed kinds of cheddar—sharp yellow and smoked—but also slab bacon, garlic, jalapeño, thyme, and more for flavor. Serve with garlic-rubbed toasts, and you’ve got yourself a seriously indulgent meal.
Rillettes, a traditional spread made from meat, poultry, or fish that’s similar to pâté, relies on fat to preserve and flavor the meat. Justin Chapple’s pimento cheese-like version (another cheddar-forward recipe) uses rendered bacon fat to add smokiness—plus, a little crispy bacon on top for texture.
Cheddar and kimchi are a winning combination, tasty in everything from grilled cheese to omelets. In this recipe, Kay Chun applies it to waffles, creating a savory-spicy breakfast treat.
Cheddar-and-Green Chile Shortbread
Swap your sweet shortbread cookies for this savory snack. The crackers, from cookbook author Chitra Agrawal, are a riff on masala biscuits from South Indian Iyengar bakeries—and they’re packed with sharp cheddar. Serve them with tea or beer.
Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers with Pickled Slaw and Fried Shallots
Instead of acting as a topping, extra-sharp cheddar cheese is the filling in these “Juicy Lucy” burgers, oozing out of the patty with each bite. If you want to to pair the burger with wine, we suggest a robust Cabernet from Washington state, which will stand up to its richness.
Charred Serrano Cheddar Quesadillas
In this simple four-ingredient recipe, cheddar is the star, paired with fire-roasted Serrano peppers for a little heat. The best part? They’re ready in just 20 minutes.
The New American Grilled Cheese
Extra-sharp orange shredded cheddar is mixed with butter—yes—and spread onto bread in this grilled cheese sandwich. Then, more sliced cheddar is added, along with Monterey Jack, Dijon mustard, halved cornichons, and cooked andouille sausage. The end result is a rich, savory sandwich that creates the cheese pull of your dreams.
Broccoli and Beer Cheese Cocottes
Think of these cocottes, which can be made with either Red Leicester cheese or mild cheddar, as mini individual broccoli-cheese casseroles. The cheese is spiked with lager and poured over broccoli and croutons.
These top-rated cheese straws from Justin Devillier are an upgrade on the Southern classic. If you don’t have cardamom, equal amounts of ground coriander or fennel seed can be substituted.