Cheese. Gooey, melted, grated, oozing, crumbled, sliced.
There are many ways to enjoy it and here are just a few reasons why involving cheese in your meal is a really stupendous idea.
1. This Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I remember when I first saw this image floating around the internet. My heart skipped a beat. It contains all the ingredients I love - bacon, bread, cheese, avocado - perfection! Cheese fans, don't panic, because I found the recipe so you can learn how to make it too. Thank you ClosetCooking.com for your Cheese Sandwich recipe - I've never had a more delicious toastie.
2. These Pesto & Mascarpone Pin Wheels
Grab yourself some Sacla' Pesto, mascarpone, a few other ingredients and you've got yourself the perfect snack for a picnic! Check out the Pesto, Tomato & Mascarpone Pastry Wheels recipe from MagicFreebies.co.uk and get making them...pronto.
3. This Buffet
This is a photo of a buffet that Expert Home Tips writer / Buffet Expert Anushka F made last year. You can see the wonderful variety of breads, salad, pâté - and most importantly look at that humongous selection of yummy cheeses!
4. These Pork Pie Bites
I was watching a film with some friends when I grew peckish and reached for my trusty pack of mini pork pies. Suddenly, something occurred to me. There's a way to make this great snack even greater! Grabbing a sharp knife, a jar of Branston Pickle and some cheddar cheese I set to work. I call them Pork Pie Bites, and I'm sure M&S will call me up shortly so they can start stocking them...
5. This Fried Macaroni & Cheese
This outstandingly good-looking snack is called a Fried Macaroni and Cheese Ball. Sadly, so far I haven't been able to make or locate one (for this I shed a tear) but at the first opportunity, I plan to eat as many as possible. Check out this recipe for Fried Macaroni Cheese today - let me know how it goes!
6. These Sausage Rolls
Every winter I make a lot of sausage rolls. They're actually really easy to make - pork mince, sage, breadcrumbs, grated onion, puff pastry and an extra-special ingredient.... Parmesan! I use this sharp hard cheese within the meat mixture, and on top of the pastry along with a sprinkling of sea salt.
7. Because Burgers are nothing without cheese
Check out these beauties from Gourmet Burger Kitchen. They're so beautiful you almost want to cry. What is a burger patty without cheese? Nothing.
8. These Parmesan Pitta Snaps
If you love the taste of Parmesan, then it's time for you to make this addictive snack of Parmesan Pitta Snaps. They're very easy to create and are great for a party. Serve them with salsa, guacamole or any dip you choose. Easy peasy!
9. Because Waffles, Heinz Baked Beans & Cheddar cheese maketh this meal
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is a big fan of this lazy dinner. If you're not a waffle fan, imagine chips instead, underneath a generous helping of Heinz Baked Beans and grated cheese. For a touch of sophistication, try adding some freshly ground pepper. Is there anything better?
10. This Nut Roast
This recipe calls for Red Leicester or a strong Cheddar and it's a welcome addition to an already super-delicious nut roast. I've been making this recipe from WomanAndHome.com for years - I love it! Serve it with vegetables, potatoes and whatever else you feel like.
11. It makes an Omelette better
We all know omelettes are a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. The addition of cheese is fairly standard in my house and I'd love to offer you a suggestive filling for your next egg-venture - mushrooms, spinach, cheese and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Hope you like it...
12. This Homemade Sausage & Egg bun
Sometimes, because a certain American burger place doesn't offer their breakfast option after 10:30am, I'm forced to make my own. In order to do this I have to find myself a square of yummy and oh so yellow American cheese. Superb!
13. These Indian Cheesy Peas
EHT Reader Jodie recommends HariGhotra.co.uk as one of her favourite Indian recipe blogs. Why not give this delightful dish of Muttar Paneer from a go today?
I remember my first burrito very clearly. The combination of soft meat, refried beans, sharp cheese, fluffy rice, fresh salsa, guacamole with sour cream is phenomenal. If you've wanted to try making your own, check out this selection of burrito recipes from HuffingtonPost.com.
15. Because of this Mozzarella Pesto Pull-Apart Bread
This recipe is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Try it for yourself by following our YouTube video. Let me know what you think!
16. This Baked Camembert
Cheese fans, you haven't lived until you've baked your own Camembert. It's so easy to do and the results are always spectacular. You can poke in whatever you want to give it some extra flavour, rosemary sprigs, garlic slices - if you love it, stick it in! then just grab some crusty bread and start dipping. Bliss.
17. ...Lastly, because of Cheesecake.
Don't worry - I hadn't forgotten about the mighty cheesecake. Using cream-cheese, why not try this Strawberry Cheesecake recipe with Strawberry Sauce from WomanAndHome.com? It will smell like summer!
Hope you enjoy this selection of reasons why cheese IS the best. Please comment below your own reasons - I'd love to hear new recipes!