It is time to take a cheesy trip around the world and allow your mouth to drool in delight. No matter which part of the globe you’re in, you sure are a big arbiter of taste when it comes to the local cheese dishes. Here are some of the most popular cheesy dishes around the world.
Originating in Italy, this oven-baked flatbread topped with tomato sauce and cheese (generally mozzarella) went on to become everyone’s favourite food for indulgence. Get it topped with any of your favourite vegetables, meats, etc. and you you are in for a cheesy trip to taste the heavens! From thin crust and dip dish to classic hand-tossed, each pizza variety is as good as the other ones.
A variety of cheese that every Indian is familiar with is the cottage cheese or paneer, and when it’s diced, marinated in batter, and roasted in the all Indian tandoor, then the resultant is the Paneer Tikka which is a delight to savour with every bite. Eat alongside some green mint chutney or wrap them up in a rumali roti for the perfect snack or meal.
From cheese balls and briquettes to cheesy jalapeno poppers and cheese balls, when you see melted cheese oozing out of a fritter you know you simply won’t be able to stop at one. Made as various variants, one of the very popular cheesy dishes around the world, this crispy fried snack can be enjoyed at any time of the day with the dip of your choice.
An American favourite, now made all over the world, it is quintessentially a grilled or toasted cheese sandwich made generally with one or more varieties of cheese on any sort of bread. Apart from the cheese, it may also include spreads such as butter or mayonnaise or vegetables and meats. Served hot with cheese oozing out on all sides, these easy to make sandwiches are perfect for satisfying your tastebuds.
Said to have originated in France, this cheesy serving on your everyday breakfast makes for the perfect start of the day. Whisk together a few eggs, spice it to perfection, and cook over a hot pan. Add a good amount of cheese (mostly cheddar or mozzarella) in the centre, fold the omelette and allow the cheese to melt till it oozes out, and there you have the perfect cheese omelette!
Originating in the city of Naples, Italy, Lasagne is a delicious pasta dish that is simply incomplete without oodles of cheese. Made by combining sheets of pasta with alternating sauces, such as red and white with loads of cheese, this baked dish is best enjoyed piping hot, right out of the oven. Made in both the veggie and meaty variants, this dish is a must-try for all.
A cheesy trip around the world is surely incomplete without a sweet trip. Consisting of a biscuity base, a cheesecake is made up of soft, fresh cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and sometimes whipped cream and gelatin. Believed to have originated in ancient Greece, it can be baked or refrigerated and made in a variety of flavours and served with a host of toppings, such as blueberry, strawberry, chocolate, etc.
Coming from Switzerland, France and Italy combined, a helping of Cheese Fondue is the ultimate cheesy treat. Consisting of a communal pot of assorted melted cheeses set over a portable stove, the dish is best enjoyed by dipping breads, blanched vegetables, etc. into the hot and perfectly spiced cheese using the long stemmed forks.
Macaroni and Cheese
Popularly known as “Mac n Cheese”, this dish is said to have originated in England. It consists of cooked macaroni pasta and cheese (most commonly cheddar). Other ingredients, such as meat, vegetables, and bread crumbs are optional. The perfect comfort food on a cold winter day, it is also easy to cook!
A delicious Mexican preparation, Nachos is a Tex-Mex dish consisting mainly of tortilla chips covered with a large dollop of cheese or cheese-based sauce, often served as a snack. Elaborate versions with more ingredients, such as vegetables and dips, can also be served as the main dish.
If you are a cheese fan, you ought to have tried most of these dishes, and if you haven’t, it’s probably time you took a cheesy trip around the world! If you have any other cheesy favourites, leave a comment and add to the list. Bon Apetit!