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Recipe Roundup: Cheese

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Have you seen our Guide to Cheese? Check it out for a primer on all the many different kinds of cheese, from fresh ricotta to soft Brie, pungent blue and sharp, nutty Parmesan. Then put your knowledge to good use with some of our favorite cheesy recipes.

 

Gorgonzola Dip with CruditésGorgonzola Dip with Crudités
Gorgonzola dolce, the creamiest variety, is a good choice for this flavorful dip. Serve with a selection of colorful seasonal vegetables, such as radishes and asparagus in spring or zucchini and sugar snap peas in summer.
Grilled Figs with Dry Jack and ProsciuttoGrilled Figs with Dry Jack and Prosciutto
Grilling or roasting fresh figs gives them a caramelized, sweet flavor that enhances this classic Italian-style pairing of a salty cheese, cured meat and ripe fruit. Serve the figs hot off the grill as a starter, or combine them with a simple arugula salad for a light meal.
Homemade Ricotta CheeseHomemade Ricotta Cheese
Fluffy, rich clouds of freshly made ricotta are so good you’ll want to sit there with a spoon and eat it like ice cream. Use it in any recipe that calls for ricotta to take the whole dish to the next level.
Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella TartRustic Tomato & Mozzarella Tart
Use vine-ripened tomatoes at their peak to create these simple tarts, showcasing the classic combination of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Using prepared puff pastry makes them quick and easy to assemble and bake.
Nectarines with Arugula and Burrata CheeseNectarines with Arugula and Burrata Cheese
Creamy burrata cheese meets sweet nectarines in this summer-fresh starter that takes just minutes to assemble. Let guests help themselves, layering the ingredients on crusty bread.
Grilled Halloumi and Little Gem Salad with Preserved-Lemon DressingGrilled Halloumi and Little Gem Salad with Preserved-Lemon Dressing
Halloumi is a firm cheese that originated in Cypress but is increasingly made domestically. Its claim to fame is that it holds its shape when grilled or fried, as in this flavorful salad.
Herb and Brie OmeletHerb and Brie Omelet
With a few deft twists of the wrist, it is easy to transform a few eggs into a light-as-air morning main course. This recipe yields a large, fluffy omelet packed with melting cheese and fresh herbs—ideal for sharing.
Warm Beer and Cheddar DipWarm Beer and Cheddar Dip
Made with beer and lots of cheddar cheese, this warm, hearty dip is just the thing for casual get-togethers. Be sure to add the cheese slowly, allowing each batch to melt before adding more, to ensure smooth results.
Waldorf Salad with Blue CheeseWaldorf Salad with Blue CheeseFor this salad, a modern riff on a classic, try a blue cheese that is dry and crumbly, such as Cabrales or Valdeón, but a creamy Gorgonzola would also work well.
Bacon and Cheese SconesBacon and Cheese Scones
While most people think of scones as sweet treats, they can also be filled with savory ingredients, like these irresistible rounds of meat-and-cheese goodness, for a delicious change of pace.
Fried Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini BlossomsFried Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
In Italy, zucchini blossoms are often stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies and fried in a crisp coating. Here, herbed ricotta is tucked into the blossoms with delicious results.
Shaved Zucchini Salad with Almonds and AsiagoShaved Zucchini Salad with Almonds and Asiago
Shaving raw zucchini for this pretty salad is a great way to use up a bounty of vegetables. Shaved dry cheese and crunchy nuts top it off.
Savory Leek & Gruyère SouffléSavory Leek & Gruyère Soufflé
Delicate, tender leeks and melted Gruyere cheese combine in this savory souffle, a beautiful brunch entree or dinner party side dish.
Agnolini with Goat Cheese, Fresh Ricotta, Peas and HerbsAgnolini with Goat Cheese, Fresh Ricotta, Peas and Herbs
These half-moons, made by cutting the pasta into rounds and then folding them in half, are a perfect pocket for cheese. Ricotta is the traditional filling, but goat cheese adds a tang and complements spring peas and herbs.
Potato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast TacosPotato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Tacos
When you want something especially hearty for breakfast, try this egg and tortilla dish, which includes panfried potatoes and shredded cheese. The fresh salsa is essential.
Creamy Mascarpone PolentaCreamy Mascarpone Polenta
What’s the secret to making polenta with a rich, creamy texture? Stir in a dollop of mascarpone cheese. It’s the perfect side dish for roasted meats or poultry.
Golden Beet and Blue Cheese RisottoGolden Beet and Blue Cheese Risotto
When root vegetables start to pile high at the farmers’ market, seek out golden or pink beets, which lend a pretty color to this risotto. Blue cheese complements the earthiness of the dish.
Spanish Pizza with Chorizo and ManchegoSpanish Pizza with Chorizo and Manchego
Traditional Spanish ingredients inspired this pizza: cured (not fresh) chorizo, dry Manchego cheese, and toppings of peppers and olives.
Ham and Cheese Quiche with Crème Fraîche and ChivesHam and Cheese Quiche with Crème Fraîche and Chives
Smoked ham and Gruyère cheese are classic ingredients in this celebrated French dish. This version adds a touch of crème fraîche for flavor and richness and a sprinkle of chives for freshness.
Penne with Ricotta Cheese and GreensPenne with Ricotta Cheese and Greens
Here, Tuscan kale (also know as black kale) adds deep, earthy flavor to pasta. Fresh ricotta makes a satisfyingly easy sauce.
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese SandwichesGrown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Not your ordinary grilled cheese, this one is filled with Gruyère, sweet caramelized onions and peppery arugula. Pair it with a bowl of soup for a satisfying, easy meal.
Herbed Pork Involtini with PecorinoHerbed Pork Involtini with Pecorino
Involtini
, thin slices of meat filled, rolled and tied before cooking, are an Italian favorite. Fillings can vary from a simple bread-and-herb mix like this one, including pecorino cheese, to more exotic flavors.
Smoky Cheese EnchiladasSmoky Cheese Enchiladas
Crushed chipotle chili adds an enticing smoky flavor and gentle layer of heat to these enchiladas, which are enriched with two kinds of cheeses.
Potato and Celery Root Gratin with GruyèrePotato and Celery Root Gratin with Gruyère
Potato and nutty celery root pair in this rich, creamy, cheesy gratin, perfect for a special dinner or even a holiday feast.
Rolled Eggplant with Sausage & MozzarellaRolled Eggplant with Sausage & Mozzarella
Here’s a creative alternative to pasta: long, thin strips of eggplant, rolled around gooey mozzarella cheese and savory sausage, with plenty of bright tomato sauce for extra flavor.

Orzo with Feta, Basil and ShrimpOrzo with Feta, Basil and Shrimp
In Mediterranean cuisine, feta cheese is often paired with shrimp, the creamy, salty flavors marrying lusciously. Here, crumbled feta is added at the end of the cooking so it soaks up the warm juices from the sautéed shrimp.
Macaroni with Farmhouse Cheddar and BaconMacaroni with Farmhouse Cheddar and Bacon
Here’s a seriously grown-up version of a kid’s classic. Thanks to their different ages, the two cheddars give this hearty baked pasta a richness that’s balanced by the addition of salty, smoky bacon.
Filets Mignons with Parmesan ButterFilets Mignons with Parmesan Butter
Here, filet mignon, one of the most lauded cuts of beef, is cooked first on the stovetop, then finished in the oven. The Parmesan butter melts over the warm meat, complementing its richness and adding an appealing nuttiness.
Goat Cheese Toasts with Walnuts, Honey and ThymeGoat Cheese Toasts with Walnuts, Honey and Thyme
Dripping with honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme, cracked pepper and sea salt, these warm, crunchy toasts make a delicious breakfast, after-school treat or lunch when matched with a handful of salad greens.
Cheese BlintzesCheese Blintzes
These crepelike wrappers can be stuffed with a variety of fillings—from mushrooms to meat—but this cheese version, served with fruit compote and sour cream, is a popular morning choice.
Ricotta with Blood Orange, Pistachio and HoneyRicotta with Blood Orange, Pistachio and Honey
Prepare this dessert in the winter, when blood oranges are at their peak. During other times of the year, vary the fruit with the season — almost any kind will complement the creamy ricotta and honey.
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Recipe Roundup: Easy Weeknight Dinners

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These simple recipes starring seasonal ingredients will fit into even the busiest schedules. Get inspired for tonight’s dinner!

 

Quick Kabob Pita Sandwiches with TzatzikiQuick Kabob Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki
The entire family can help prepare this simple kabob recipe, which cooks on an indoor grill. Then everyone assembles their own pita sandwiches, adding whatever garnishes they please.
Cauliflower-Kale Soup with Crispy Kale ToppingCauliflower-Kale Soup with Crispy Kale Topping
Kale lends a beautiful green color to this silky cauliflower soup, while a garnish of crispy kale chips and pine nuts adds a satisfying crunch.
Stir-Fried Tofu with Mushrooms and GreensStir-Fried Tofu with Mushrooms and Greens
Steamed rice is perfect for serving with this Asian-inspired dish — it will soak up all the savory sauce. Put the rice on to cook just before starting to prepare this dish, and both will be ready at about the same time.
Pumpkin Lasagna with FontinaPumpkin Lasagna with Fontina
This hearty lasagna is perfect for that transitional time, when fall vegetables are starting to appear at the farmers’ market. Combining yellow squash, zucchini and pumpkin, the dish comes together quickly, thanks to our ready-to-use pasta sauce.
Apple and Cheddar Panini with Onion JamApple and Cheddar Panini with Onion Jam
Looking for a quick but nutritious meal for the most hectic weeknights? Think soup and a sandwich! This apple and cheddar panini paired with our carrot soup will be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Sweet Potato and Green Chili Quesadillas with ArugulaSweet Potato and Green Chili Quesadillas with Arugula
A perfect balance of flavors, this fresh dish combines sweet and spicy vegetables with crisp, cool arugula leaves. It’s a great way to use up any leftover sweet potato.
Spaghetti with Garlicky GreensSpaghetti with Garlicky Greens
This tangle of noodles and garlic-laden ribbons of kale and chard is a delicious way to eat your greens.
Pork Medallions with Roasted FigsPork Medallions with Roasted Figs
Here’s a meal that’s elegant enough for company, but quick and easy enough for a weeknight. The savory pork pair perfectly with sweet, ripe figs.
Chickpea, Cauliflower and Potato CurryChickpea, Cauliflower and Potato Curry
Curry spices flatter chickpeas, cauliflower and potatoes alike. Serve this zesty meatless dish over brown basmati or jasmine rice.
Pan-Roasted Clams with Potatoes and FennelPan-Roasted Clams with Potatoes and Fennel
Nothing could be easier and tastier than this one-pan meal of tender red potatoes, anise-tinged fennel, toasty garlic and briny littleneck clams. Red pepper flakes and dry white wine finish the dish, mixing with the clams’ juices to create a sauce with just a hint of heat.
Golden Beet and Blue Cheese RisottoGolden Beet and Blue Cheese Risotto
Exceptionally sweet, golden and pink beets won’t stain as much as their dark garnet cousins, which helps to preserve the pretty color of this risotto. Blue cheese complements the earthiness of the dish.
Pasta with Lamb and RosemaryPasta with Lamb and Rosemary
Ground lamb and zucchini cooked with fresh rosemary and tomatoes create a succulent—and unexpected—sauce for pasta. Slightly salty pecorino cheese is the perfect garnish.
Mushroom and Manchego QuesadillasMushroom and Manchego Quesadillas
A cherry tomato salsa brings a bright flavor to this quick dish. Round out the meal with a salad of baby lettuce, radishes and red onion. For a special treat, replace the creminis with wild mushrooms such as chanterelles or morels.
Spice-Crusted Tuna with Fresh Pear ChutneySpice-Crusted Tuna with Fresh Pear Chutney
Fragrant cumin and coriander seeds give this fish a crunchy coating and contribute exotic flavor. Sweet pears mixed with lime juice, fresh ginger and spicy chili form a quick relish; serve with steamed rice and green beans.
Seared Scallops with Greens and OrzoSeared Scallops with Greens and Orzo
Chard stirred into the rice-shaped pasta provides a vegetable component to this risotto-like dish, transforming it into the perfect base for quickly browned sea scallops. The quick pan sauce gains bright flavors from sherry vinegar.