If you're looking to try your hand at different kinds of pastry, gougeres are a great place to start. They're made with pate a choux -- which is also used to make cream puffs, eclairs and chouquettes -- but instead of adding sweet ingredients, you use savory cheese. Don't let the name pate a choux intimidate you, it's an easy dough to work with. So long as you know how to beat eggs, you can make pate a choux.
This gougere recipe uses sharp cheddar cheese. But feel free to substitute for your favorite. Make gougeres anytime you're in need of a fun appetizer or if you just feel like eating your cheese in pastry dough -- which for us is almost always.
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Broccoli + Cheddar = Delicious
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Macaroni And Cheese
"If its not really expensive aged cheddar, my favorite way to eat it is in a classic macaroni and cheese." -- BZWingZero You can get <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c71li0f">BZWingZero's mac and cheese recipe</a> on Reddit. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gail_thepinkpeppercorn/4651298707/">thepinkpeppercorn</a></em>
Creamy Coarse Grits With Fresh Corn And Farmhouse Cheddar
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Cheddar And Roasted Red Pepper Spread
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Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini
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Spicy Cheddar Shortbread
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Or, Our Favorite...
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