Whether you champion Cheddar, are a big fan of Feta or get excited over Edam, there are a multitude of dishes you can cook containing cheese. Thanks to varied flavours and textures, cheese can form the central ingredient in comforting snacks, desserts, sides and main meals.

To celebrate the growing selection of cheeses available at your local convenience store, we’ve put together our favourite easy cheese recipes. Including cheese dessert recipes, how to soup up a familiar snack with our cheese on toast ideas, and how to create some delicious dairy-filled dishes using select cheese varieties.

Easy Cheese Dessert Recipes

The smooth, light, creaminess of soft cheese is central to a range of desserts. Whether the topping on a cupcake, the layering in a sponge, or of course its most classic offering – the cheesecake. But here’s one of the best, and perhaps more unexpected cheese dessert recipes. (Or as a sweet breakfast recipe, if you prefer.)

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Inspired by America, this is one of the easiest cottage cheese dishes to prepare. The use of cottage cheese in the pancake mix creates a softer, gooey consistency that when cooled gives a satisfying texture somewhere between a pancake and a crepe. To make six pancakes you will need 450g of cottage cheese, whisked together with four eggs, 255g of sugar, 340g of buttermilk, a tsp of baking soda and a tsp of vanilla extract. Once combined, whisk in 680g of flour until absorbed – but don’t overwork the mix as this can make your pancakes tough.

Heat your pan with a little oil and ladle on a portion of batter to create a thick pancake, around 4-5mm thick. Heat for 2-3 minutes and flip until the batter is cooked. Serve with strawberries, golden syrup, cream, bananas – the cheesy choice is yours!

Easy Cheese Recipes for Kids

The soft and creamy texture of cheese is a winner for kids. Nothing is more exciting than chasing strands of melted cheese around the edge of a pizza slice, or twisting the gooey dairy goodness around their fork. Here’s a bright and colourful summer dish that will satisfy your child’s cheese pangs, as part of a well-balanced meal.

Cheese Frittata

For this Spanish masterpiece, you will need to whisk together eight eggs, ¼ tbsp of black pepper, 2 tbsp of chopped chives and ½ tbsp of salt, then leave to one side. Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a pan and fry 340g of chopped white onion. Add 600g of spinach leaves and 300g of chopped red peppers to the pan and sauté all the vegetables together, before adding 90g of ricotta cheese and stirring until mixed.

Now add in your egg mixture and leave on the heat for two minutes. Then - more cheese! Add in 170g of grated mature cheddar and leave on the heat for a further two minutes. You should now have a mixture that resembles colourful scrambled eggs with a hint of omelette. Transfer to a lined baking tray and cook at 180°C, checking after 10 minutes to see if it has turned to a golden-brown colour. Slice into wedges and serve with bread for a delicious cheesy feast your kids will love.

Twists on a Classic – Cheese on Toast Ideas

Easy cheese recipes don’t come much easier than cheese on toast. One of the ultimate comfort foods, it’s often a favourite when coming home late after a night out, or something to serve the youngsters if they feel a little under the weather. There’s plenty of topping variants to choose from including a range of different cheeses, which can elevate cheese on toast from classic snack, to a main dish.

Here are just a few of our favourite cheese on toast ideas:

  • Honey and blue Stilton on toast – crumble Stilton and top with a teaspoon of runny honey before sliding under the grill.
  • Pizza toast – spread tomato ketchup on warm toast, followed by Feta, cherry tomatoes, spinach and pine nuts before grilling.
  • Top your toast with Brie, smoked bacon and cranberry sauce to capture a festive taste you can serve all year round.
  • Add a layer of garlic butter under your cheese for a cheesy garlic bread
  • For a sweet hit, consider thinly sliced pears topped with watercress and Stilton.

Easy cheese recipes you can serve at a BBQ

Cheese is often present in some form at every BBQ – most commonly in processed form to sit on top of a cheeseburger. But there are many ways to include cheese on your BBQ menu.

Consider serving cheesy hot dogs for example – as your sausages are almost there, slice them lengthways and add grated cheese. Leave on the grill to melt and serve in a bun with onions and mustard.

For a tasty vegetarian option, or something to cheer up the cheese lovers, may we suggest this most simple of grilled halloumi recipes.

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Take a 225g block of Halloumi cheese and cut into four equal sized chunks. Insert a wooden skewer into each piece to make cheesy lollipops. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of paprika and dried thyme, plus a coating of olive oil, turning each piece to make sure they are well covered. Grill the cheese for 2-3 minutes per side until warm and soft throughout and serve. Grilled halloumi recipes don’t come much tastier than this!

Cooking with Feta Cheese & Edam

We are big fans of cooking with Feta cheese – it’s crumbly creaminess is a perfect option to stuff vegetables, top a pizza (or toast, as above), or sit alongside soft veggies and fruit in a salad, such as this one.

Sun-dried tomatoes and Feta salad

Cheese and tomatoes combine in many well-known dishes, but the extra sweetness of sun-dried tomatoes is perfectly paired with a mild crumbly Feta. Take 150g of sun dried tomatoes, 75g of pitted black olives which have been halved, 2 tbsp of olive and 150g of Feta cheese crumbled into small chunks. Toss together and serve for a refreshing taste of summer.

One of the Netherlands’ most celebrated exports, Edam is a firm cheese which is regarded as having a very savoury flavour, best described as salty or nutty. Many Edam cheese recipes contain meat and vegetables and don’t come much more satisfying than this chicken and mushroom bake.

Chicken, mushroom and Edam bake

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Beat six eggs in a small bowl. You will need approximately 1kg of skinless chicken breasts – cut them into small chunks and add them to the beaten eggs to coat for around 30 minutes. Fry 450g of sliced mushrooms until soft and brown, and leave to one side. Take your chicken from the egg and roll in breadcrumbs, before frying them until brown on all sides. Lay all of your breaded chicken cubes in a large glass baking dish, and cover with your fried mushrooms. Pour 170ml of dry white wine around the meat and lay on thick slices of Edam cheese to cover. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and your Edam cheese is bubbling on top. So easy, so delicious.

 

If you thought cheese was just for after a main meal, or a difficult ingredient to cook with, you must be crackers! Try some of these easy cheese recipes at home. Discover a range of cheeses and other ingredients available at your local convenience store.