What are Different Types of Cheeses that Melt?
American cheese is a mild-flavored blend of other cheeses. American cheese is commonly used on burgers or in a grilled cheese sandwich.
Asiago is a nutty-flavored cheese from Italy. Asiago melts when it has not aged. Asiago is grated and served in pasta dishes and over pizza.
Blue cheese is a strong-flavored cheese. Blue cheese melts easily and is commonly used in sauces and dressings or melted over sandwiches.
Brie is a creamy-flavored French cheese. Brie melts easily and is known for how gooey it is. This type of cheese can be baked on its own or wrapped in puff pastry, but it is also used in pasta dishes.
Cheddar is a sharp-flavored cheese from England. Cheddar cheese is known for melting easily and is used in cheese sauces, on top of burgers, in casseroles and other baked dishes.
Fontina is a nutty-flavored Italian cheese. This cheese creates a creamy texture when melted. Fontina is used in pasta dishes, but it is also baked on its own.
Gouda is a mild-flavored cheese from the Netherlands. Gouda is melted into pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and even dips.
Gruyère is a sweet-flavored Swiss cheese. Gruyère is known for its melting quality in dishes like fondue. Gruyère is also used in hot sandwiches, cheese soufflés, and au gratin potatoes.
Havarti is a buttery-flavored Danish cheese. Havarti cheese is commonly melted with dill in sauces and cheese puffs, but havarti is also served in pasta dishes and with chicken.
Jack cheeses, such as Monterey, Pepper, and Colby Jack, are sometimes used as melting cheeses. These cheeses are used in cheeses sauces and dips, melted over burgers and sandwiches, and casseroles.
Mozzarella is a creamy-flavored Italian cheese. Mozzarella is known for melting and is used on pizza, in pasta sauces, and melted on top of finished dishes.
Provolone is a mild-flavored Italian cheese. Provolone is used in hot sandwiches, melted over chicken, and in pasta dishes.
Reblochon is a mild-flavored French cheese. Reblochon cheese is used in dishes like tartiflette and potato gratin.
Taleggio is a tangy-flavored Italian cheese. Taleggio is melted on flatbreads and in pastries.
Recipes Using Cheeses That Melt
Enjoy a classic grilled cheese sandwich with gooey cheese. Layer cheddar cheese between two slices of bread. Butter the outsides of the bread and place in a heated nonstick pan. Flip when the bottom turns golden-brown. Serve when bread is golden-brown on both sides and the cheese has melted.
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Pizza is a staple dinner enjoyed by many. Prepare dough and roll out with a rolling pin. Transfer dough to a pizza pan. Spread pizza sauce over the dough, leaving about 1 inch from the edge for the crust. Top generously with mozzarella cheese and other toppings. Bake until crust is cooked and cheese melts.
Spice up your average chip dip with your own! Melt butter and flour in a saucepan until mixture simmers. Pour in milk and stir until mixture becomes smooth and thickens. Grate cheddar cheese and pour into mixture. Remove from heat once cheese melts and stir in chopped poblano peppers.
Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
Toss diced potatoes in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Place potatoes in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake. Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until potatoes are cooked and the cheese has melted. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the top.
Enjoy cheese quesadillas as a snack or as a meal. Spread shredded pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese over one half of a tortilla. Fold the tortilla over and place in a preheated nonstick skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until cheese is melted.