The 20 Best Ways to Serve Cheese

Sweet or savory, melted or sprinkled on top: Enjoy cheese a countless number of ways. These recipes—including ooey-gooey snack sticks and an incredibly creamy cheesecake—will make you want to launch a cheese recipe bucket list and start checking off delicious dishes immediately.

In a Spiffed-Up Snack Stick

You may be familiar with mozzarella inside a fried cheese stick, but how about a blend of mozz and cream cheese that's flavored like your favorite Asian takeout appetizer? Millions of our Facebook fans have watched these Crab Rangoon Mozzarella Sticks come together, and you'll know exactly why they're so incredibly popular after just one bite.

Stuffed Inside French Toast

Perk up your brunch menu with a bit of coffee ... and cheese? Yes, please! Each slice of Tiramisu Toast is stuffed with an ounce of vanilla-scented mascarpone before going for a dip in a coffee-infused batter. Top with hot fudge sauce and all of a sudden, coaxing your family out of bed is less of a struggle.

Piped Inside a Pickle

A blend of cream cheese and cheddar cheese, plus jalapenos and seasonings, fill these party-perfect Pickle Poppers. Make this easy app your own by wrapping in ham, turkey, or even prosciutto, then smearing with your favorite flavor of jam.

Decorated with Edible Flowers

With creamy ricotta, sweet peaches, and colorful edible flowers, these Berry and Stone Fruit Ricotta Pizzas are ready for the spotlight at your next party. Enjoy for dessert or as a showy cocktail party appetizer.  

Mixed into Dumplings

Noodles have had their day. A cup of ricotta and a half cup of Asiago give the carb star of this Chicken and Spinach Dumplings recipe an irresistible light texture and cheesy flavor. This chicken soup is comfort food at its best.

At a Tailgate

Three types of cheese—cream, cheddar, and Monterey Jack—are hiding under the bacon of this Spicy Cheese (Foot)Ball. No wonder one fan cheers, "You won't be able to stop eating this."

Sprinkled on Clouds

A little birdie told us that these light-as-air egg cups needed a salty, tangy touch. So we added a tablespoon of gorgonzola to each Blue Cheese-Bacon Cloud Egg. Just add bacon, and breakfast is served.

On a Sweet and Savory Toast

You need just five ingredients to make this trendy toast recipe—one of which is creamy ricotta. Layer that cheese and a schmear of cherry jam on toast, top with bacony Brussels, and a batch of Sprouts and Cherry Toasties can be yours in 30 minutes.

As Pizza “Sauce”

For this twist on bagels and lox, top a grilled biscuit (yes, that's a thing!) with cream cheese, mozz, and smoked salmon. Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings to make these easy, cheesy Mini Everything Bagel Pizzas fit their name.

In Pancake Batter

Instead of buttermilk, these blueberry hotcakes get their tang and lightness by way of a cup of ricotta cheese. Since you can whip up our Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes with fresh or frozen fruit, you can make them any (and/or every) day of the year.

With Figs

Sweet figs and salty cheese are a match made in appetizer heaven. Pita with Figs, Caramelized Onions, and Ricotta takes that dream duo to the next decadent level with rich caramelized onions, crunchy walnuts, and golden honey.

As the Star of Icing

Powdered sugar glaze is good. You know what's even better? Powdered sugar glaze with a scoop of cream cheese. Voilà: Cream Cheese Icing! Use this sinfully delicious creation to top red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bars, or our go-to brunch bread of the moment: Carrot Bread with Cream Cheese Icing.

Tucked Inside a Turnover

We give the popular snack combo of apple slices and cheddar cheese a sweet spin in these flaky-crusted Apple-Cream Cheese Turnovers. They're filled with buttery brown sugar-coated apples and plenty of ooey-gooey cream cheese.

Dressed Up Like Fruit

If we have yet to convince you of the versatility of cream cheese, this Cheesecake-Filled Watermelon might do the trick. Colored by strawberries and speckled with chocolate chip "seeds," cream cheese transforms into a sweet look-alike cheesecake dessert.

Paired with Spicy Chicken

Instead of stuffing tortillas with predictable slices of fajita chicken or steak, try this recipe featuring shredded buffalo chicken, mozzarella, and blue cheese crumbles. For the full wing restaurant effect, plate these Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas with carrot and celery sticks and plenty of blue cheese dressing.

Melting Inside a Brunch Pie

In addition to the shredded Gruyere in the savory ham filling, this Ham-and-Cheese Slab Pie features 8 ounces of cream cheese for the ultimate tender pastry crust.

Tip: If you prefer, swap Swiss or cheddar for the Gruyere.

Stirred into Scone Batter

Amplify the strawberries and cream concept by stirring fresh fruit, whipping cream, and a scoop of ricotta cheese into the tender batter of these Strawberry Shortcake Scones. Try them at your next tea party, brunch, or shower.

Bathed in Balsamic

Transport yourself to the Sicilian coast with this almost-too-easy appetizer that essentially prepares itself in your fridge. To make Marinated Mozzarella with Basil, simply coat fresh mozz in an herb-infused olive oil and balsamic dressing. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to meld for up to five days.

Stuffed Inside a Burger

Like the popular Juicy Lucy burger that originated in Minnesota, these grilled beef patties are hiding melty cheese inside each patty instead of on top. A pesto spread and fresh greens help cut through the richness of the Roasted Pepper-Stuffed Burgers.

As a Gluten-Free Cracker

Zero carbs. Two grams of protein. Just 19 calories. Two ingredients. These crunchy, sturdy Parmesan-Thyme Crisps will transform your snack routine!

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