Cheese consumption varies across the world, with Australians eating 13.6 kg per person every year, Americans each devouring 16.73 kg annually, and the Danish consuming 28.1 kg per person per year.
But if you’re a cheese enthusiast there’s no need to hold back on how much cheese you eat or avoid adding it to certain meals as it makes a great accompaniment to almost any dish, including these much-loved ones.
How To Cheese Up Your Meals
To make any dish extra cheesy, you’ll need a sizeable amount of cheese on hand.
If you’re in the process of making your own cheese but want to get started with these cheese-infused meal ideas now, it’s worth signing up to a delivery service that will keep your fridge stocked up with multiple varieties of cheese.
You’ll also need a decent supply of basic food ingredients in your refrigerator and store cupboard in order to make these tasty dishes effortlessly.
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Sunday Roast with a Twist
Originating in the UK, the Sunday roast has been a staple for decades. Since then, other countries, such as Argentina, Norway, and Australia, have followed their lead and adopted their own versions of the traditional Sunday roast.
But what’s most surprising is you can add some great cheese flavors to this popular meat, potatoes, and veggies dish.
The most common way to do this is by adding a cauliflower cheese side to your plate.
Normally, this would be made with mature cheddar cheese, but you can up the cheesiness and the flavor with red Leicester cheese or by topping it with breadcrumbs and parmesan.
Cheesy Cheddar Sauce
Another satisfying cheesy accompaniment for a Sunday roast is leeks and bacon served in a cheesy cheddar sauce.
Or you could help to make sprouts a more sought-after vegetable around your dining table by serving them up cooked in a gorgonzola cheese sauce made from shallots, flour, milk, and gorgonzola.
Lasagna is such a classic dish that it even has its own annual national day on July 29th.
Most people already enjoy this Italian classic smothered with cheese on the top, but there’s no need for the cheesiness to stop there as there are some great ways to incorporate even more cheese into this treasured dish.
A yummy vegetarian-friendly version that’s brilliant for cheese lovers is an all-cheese lasagna made from ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella, with the ricotta and parmesan taking center stage and replacing the traditional meat filling.
You could even add in more cheese by including it on your side dishes. For example, cheesy garlic bread and a Greek salad packed full of feta cheese go really well with lasagna.
Jalfrezi curry is an Indian dish made from meat or fish mixed with vegetables in a spicy sauce with added green chili peppers.
It’s easily transformed into a cheese-based curry though with the introduction of paneer – a fresh Indian cheese.
However, that’s not all you can do to make a satisfying spicy cheese Jalfrezi. A large handful of cheddar cheese can be added to the curry sauce to completely transform the taste.
Another option is to add grated cheese into the rice that you’re going to serve the Jalfrezi with for some extra flavor and texture.
Extra Cheese Pizza
5 billion pizzas are consumed worldwide every year, according to Brandon Gaille. While everyone is used to pizza coming topped with ample amounts of cheese or with cheese stuffed in the crust, there’s another way of packing more cheese into this dinnertime staple.
Pizza bases made with eggs and cheeses such as mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan are a favorite among people following the keto diet as they’re virtually carb-free and packed full of cheesiness.
Alternatively, you could opt to make a traditional base with flour and grate your preferred cheese into the dough before cooking for a meal that’s sure to satisfy your cheese cravings.
Meat & Vegetable Stew with Cheese Dumplings
The meat and vegetable stew dates back thousands of years and is the ultimate comfort food, especially on a cold winter’s day.
Traditionally simmered in liquid for many hours, you might be wondering how it’s possible to include cheese in this hearty dish without it getting messy or ruining the wholesome flavors already in the pot.
Well, there’s no need to worry as the best way to get your cheese fix with your meat and vegetable stew is to serve it with cheese dumplings.
These tasty dough-like balls are easy to make too as all you need to do when making a standard dumpling mix is throw in between 75g and 100g of mature cheese before shaping and cooking with your stew for around 20 minutes.
Concluding Upgrading Meals with Cheese
Cheese is adored by millions of people around the world. But too often, they stick to the classic versions of their much-loved meals without considering how they could include their most-loved dairy product into the mix.
Hopefully, these ideas will show you how simple it is to include lots of cheesy goodness into your evening meals, no matter what you’re having.