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10/29/2013 08:33 am ET Updated Mar 11, 2015

5 Extra-Cheesy Dishes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Lynn Andriani

By Lynn Andriani

Insanely creamy, ooey and gooey appetizers, entrees and sides with an extremely high drool factor.

  • Use Cheddar To Turn Tater Tots Into A Real Meal
    Ben Fink
    Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, aka the Casserole Queens, can do wondrous things with the most basic ingredients -- and usually, one of those items is cheese. Witness their Tater Tot Casserole, which uses just six ingredients (plus salt and pepper). It's a delicious combination of ground beef, mushrooms and tots, laced with shreds of sharp cheddar cheese. Get the recipe: Tater Tot Casserole
  • Emphasize What REALLY Matters In Mac 'n' Cheese
    Paige Green
    We hear you, devoted Velveeta fans, but let us explain: the combination of mild and slightly sweet Fontina, sharp and salty blue cheese, tangy Pecorino Romano and almost fruity Parmesan is absolutely worth the few extra minutes spent with a box grater. Add butternut squash and sage, and the humble mac 'n' cheese tastes totally new (and outrageously good). Get the recipe: Penne Pasta Quattro Formaggi with Butternut Squash and Sage
  • Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese
    Amy Neunsinger
    There are so many ways to update the classic melted-cheese sandwich, but this one from Giada De Laurentiis is unexpected: She layers slices of nutty Gruyere cheese and Black Forest ham with sauteed Granny Smith apples for tart sweetness, and chopped, fresh thyme for a hint of savory and earthy flavor. Get the recipe: Ham, Gruyere and Apple Panini
  • Turn Cheese Into A Virtuous Side
    Lynn Andriani
    Broccoli and cheese are a tried-and-true pairing, but New York chef Craig Koketsu takes the duo to new heights. He serves the veggie sautéed, atop a warm Gouda and Parmesan sauce, and garnishes everything with, yes, crumbled Cheetos. Get the recipe: Broccoli and Cheetos
  • Put A Tropical Twist On Cheese Turnovers
    Thinkstock
    We'll admit, we were skeptical about adding pineapple to a cheesy empanada, but it turns out the combination is spot-on: the sweet and tart fruit brings just enough zip to mild Monterey Jack. Get the recipe: Pineapple-Cajeta EmpanadasNext: 7 fun recipes using cereal

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