Looking for the perfect bite? A cheesy snack is usually the right answer.It’s hard to find a snack that isn’t immediately improved with the addition of cheese (and made even more awesome when it’s melted cheese). Take, for example, the common tortilla chip. Melt some cheese on it and you’ve got the ultimate rebrand: nachos. Add whatever toppings you want—preferably some jalapeños, maybe some sour cream, black beans, salsa—and you’re in business. But if you want to get more elaborate, there’s always mac and cheese, or cheesy gougeres. Basically, we love cheese in any form.

Check out these 9 cheesy recipes and make sure your refrigerator is stocked with cheddar (and parmesan…and blue cheese…and lots of other fromage for good measure).

1. Cacio e Pepe

The perfect simple dinner, cacio e pepe pasta is a simple sauce made from almost four full cups of Pecorino Romano cheese. Get our Cacio e Pepe recipe.

2. Perfectly Melting Cheese


Our recipe for fancy homemade nacho cheese contains a blend of sharp cheddar, Gruyere, cold wheat beer, and the magic ingredient, sodium citrate, that gives it the perfect concession-stand-worthy consistency. Get our Perfectly Melting Cheese recipe.

3. Creamed Spinach Pull-Apart Bread

Garlic and onion powder, baby spinach, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella make this pull-apart bread a walk to remember. Get the Creamed Spinach Pull-Apart Bread recipe.

4. Cheesy Baked Rice


A classic comfort dish, this cheesy baked rice has garlic, onion, cream, extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, and a bunch of fresh scallions to top it off. It’s easy, and ever better, a cheap gourmet dinner. Get our Cheesy Baked Rice recipe.

5. Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Light, airy, and packed with cheese, these Brazilian delicacies are delicious alongside a meal any time of day. Get the Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs) recipe.

6. Pizza Dough Monkey Bread


A pull-apart feast made with pizza dough, jalapeños, and shredded mozzarella cheese, this monkey dough is best dipped in marinara sauce for the full pizza experience. Get our Pizza Dough Monkey Bread recipe.

7. Smoked Mozzarella


Smoking fresh cheese adds an entirely new flavor dimension—start with a ball of fresh mozzarella and smoke over fresh hickory wood chips and lump charcoal for the best smoked cheese you’ve ever tasted. Get our Smoked Mozzarella recipe.

8. Southern Tomato Pie


Perfect as an appetizer or easy summer dinner, our tomato pie has 3 cups of tomatoes, onions, oregano, basil, mayo, and 2 full cups of cheddar cheese. Get our Southern Tomato Pie recipe.

9. Blue Cheese Dressing


Perfect for a fancy lunch or dinner salad, this blue cheese dressing comes together with whole-milk yogurt, white wine vinegar, kosher salt, sugar, crumbled blue cheese, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Get our Blue Cheese Dressing recipe.

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