The Best Cheese Recipes to Make Right Now

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Toasties, pasta, lasagne, fondue, arancini… these dishes would be nothing without cheese. We show our appreciation to this wonderful dairy product with our ultimate round up of  the best cheese recipes to make right now.

Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

When you think of the best cheese recipes, what is more iconic than the toasted cheese sandwich? Not much really. It’s cheese in one of its simplest and most delicious forms.

Best Cheese Recipe The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Best Cheese Recipes Deep Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Take grilled cheese to the next level with this recipe. It uses 4 different kinds of cheese, each with its own unique flavour, giving you an out of this world multi-dimensional toastie. Think smokey, nutty and gooey all in one bite!

Recipe for The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

When it comes to toasties, go big or go home. This recipe coats the bread in crumbs and then fried to crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside heaven.

Recipe for Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

Best Cheese Recipes The Ultimate Braai Broodjie
Best Cheese Recipes Aubergine Braaibroodjies

The Ultimate Braai Broodjies

Braai Broodjie, South Africa’s smoky take on the toasted cheese!

Recipe for The Ultimate Braai Broodjies

Aubergine Braai Broodjies

Just because you can’t eat bread doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy toasties. This recipe is a great alternative for banters.

Recipe for Aubergine Braai Broodjies

Boerewors, Chutney & Cheese Braaibroodjies

We’ve decided that possibly one of the most delicious things you can put on a toastie is in fact, a piece of boerie! We made these banging toasted sarmies complete with gooey cheese, boerewors and chutney for a little sweet zing. They are so good they’ll make you weep.

Boerewors, Chutney & Cheese Braaibroodjies

Cheesy Quesadillas with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Not quite a toasted sarmie but as close as you’ll get to a Mexican version. Melty cheese, roasty tomato salsa and charred corn, all tucked between two toasted tortillas. Yup, that’ll do it.

Cheesy Quesadillas with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Best Cheese Recipes Fried Toasted Cheese Sandwich
Best Cheese Recipes Croque Monsieur

Pan-fried Toasted Cheese on Sourdough

Pan frying is one of the best ways to make a toasted sarmie. It melts the cheese slowly and the bread becomes slowly toasted and golden.

Recipe for Pan-Fried Toasted Cheese on Sourdough

Croque Monsieur

Trust the French to take a simple toasted cheese and turn it into a gourmet meal! This recipe uses camembert and pairs perfectly with a ham of your choice.

Recipe for Croque Monsieur

Cheesy Pasta Dishes

What is pasta without cheese? We can’t even bear to go there… these recipes bring carbs and cheese together as one.

Best Cheese Recipes Luxurious Chicken Lasagne in a flash
Best Cheese Recipes Macaroni & Cheese With Caramelised Leeks

Chicken Lasagne

A bed made from sheets of pasta sitting in a gooey cheese sauce, we could die!

Recipe for Chicken Lasagne 

Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Leeks

This cheesy childhood classic gets an adult make-over with leeks, giving it extra richness for the ultimate comfort meal.

Recipe for Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Leeks

Best Cheese Recipes Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Best Cheese Recipes Pea Pancetta Mascarpone Risotto

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Fear not banters, cauliflower makes for a great carb substitute.

Recipe for Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Pea & Pancetta Risotto

A creamy dish full of the sweetness of peas and with a bite of crisp, salty pancetta.

Recipe for Pea & Pancetta Risotto

Best Cheese Recipes Pear & Gorgonzola Gnocchi
Best Cheese Recipes Gnudi

8Pear & Gorgonzola Gnocchi

A devilishly creamy pasta dish will have you question “what is dessert and what is real food?”.

Recipe for Pear & Gorgonzola Gnocchi

Gnudi Ricotta

Gnudi are very similar to gnocchi, although are made with ricotta cheese instead of potato. The sage beurre noisette adds a classic richness to this dish.

Recipe for Gnudi Ricotta

Cheese Pizza/Tarts

Another Italian classic made great by cheese, these are our easy cheese pizza variations.

No-Knead Pizza with Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Shout out to bread king, Jim Lahey, for making pizza at home so much better with his no-knead dough method. Try it, it will change your pizza life!

No-Knead Pizza with Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Easy Cheesy Pizza Heart

Cue… “Take another ‘lil piece of my heart now, baby!” Nothing says I Love You more than homemade heart-shaped pizza!

Easy Cheesy Pizza Heart

Best Cheese Recipes Wholewheat Prosciutto & Cheese Pizzas
Best Cheese Recipes Caprese Galette

Easy ‘Pizza’

This recipe sneakily uses wraps as the base for a quick and easy prosciutto and cheese pizza.

Recipe for Easy ‘Pizza’

Caprese Galette

A buttery flaky pastry topped with melted mozzarella and tomato.

Recipe for Caprese Galette


A deliciously cheesy and savoury tart that is easy to make, and even easier to eat.

Recipe for Onion & Olive Tart


What can you say about this masterpiece? Too much, but we’ll just say that this is one of the most delicious cheesy treats you’ll have in a while.

Recipe for Savoury Blue Cheesecake

Cheese Schnacks

Try these recipes for great snack ideas. Ideal with a glass of vino.

Kataifi-wrapped Halloumi

Halloumi is already pretty high in our estimation of cheese – wrap it in fine, crispy pastry and deep fry… well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

Recipe for Kataifi-wrapped Halloumi

Chevin & Cream Cheese Truffles

These bite-sized balls are the perfect accompaniment to a great glass of wine.

Recipe for Chevin & Cream Cheese Truffles 

Best Cheese Recipes Arancini
Best Cheese Recipes - Spanish Croquetas


These are a great way of using up leftover risotto, assuming, of course, it wasn’t all eaten.

Recipe for Arancini

Spanish Croquettes

Deep-fried bundles of joy! We mean cheese… same same.

Recipe for Spanish Croquettes

Best Cheese Recipes Crispy Haloumi Wrapped in Prosciutto & Phyllo Pastry
Best Cheese Recipes - Mushroom and Gruyere Stuffed Potato Skins

Crispy Haloumi Wrapped Phyllo

An easy cheesy starter that will leave guests impressed.

Recipe for Crispy Haloumi Wrapped Phyllo

Gruyere & Mushroom Stuffed Potato Skins

Hollowed out crispy potato skins stuffed with cheese, mushroom and potato.

Recipe for Gruyere & Mushroom Stuffed Potato Skins

Fondou with us

The classic Swiss style dish is perfect for a retro dinner party.

Best Cheese Recipes Mini Fennel Fondue
Best Cheese Recipes - Beer & Cheese Fondue

Mini Fennel Fondue

Not your traditional take on the fondue, these are perfect for dinner party starters.

Mini Fennel Fondue

Beer & Cheese Fondue

When we think best cheese recipes, we think fondue and dunking crispy bread into pots of edible gold.

Beer & Cheese Fondue

Baked Camembert with Roasted Figs & Hot Honey

This camembert dish is the perfect dinner party starter; bake ’til gooey, top with roasted figs, crunchy nuts and hot honey drizzle and enjoy

Recipe for Baked Camembert with Roasted Figs & Hot Honey

Whipped Feta Dip with Green Olive Salsa Verde

Say hello to your new fav party dish. This creamy cheese combo is delish smothered on toasted baguette and topped with a zesty green olive salsa.

Recipe for Whipped Feta Dip with Green Olive Salsa Verde

Cheese Desserts

If you don’t consider yourself a sweet tooth, try a cheese based end to your meal instead. The subtleness of cheese is great for balancing out the sweetness.

White Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cheesecake

This is next level indulgence… try and stop yourself from having just one slice!

Recipe for White Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake Bars

As pretty as a picture and even better to eat! We love these cheesecake bars to bits.

Recipe for Berry Cheesecake Bars

Best Cheese Recipes Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish
Best Cheese Recipes Strawberry Cream Cheese Fold Over Pies

Blueberry & Cream Cheese Danish

Light, flaky and buttery pastry filled with cream cheese and fresh blueberries, this is truly a melt in your mouth pastry.

Blueberry & Cream Cheese Danish

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Fold-Over Pie

These sweet dessert mini pies will be a hit at any party!

Recipe for Strawberry & Cream Cheese Fold-Over Pie

New York Style Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a classic and an NY-style one is beautiful in its simplicity. This is one of our go-to favourites for any occasion. It’s really easy to make and comes out perfectly every time.

Recipe for New York Style Cheesecake

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Not only do these look amazing, they are addictive to any who lay eyes on them.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Best Cheese Recipes New York Style Cheesecake
Best Cheese Recipes Cheesecake Brownies

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