If you’re from Wisconsin, your nickname is automatically Cheesehead, a reference of course to the all the delicious cheese made in your state.
I can’t move to Wisconsin, but may I be an honorary Cheesehead? Surely you’ll let me in, because scarcely a meal goes by in the Shockingly Delicious household that doesn’t include cheese. It goes on the morning scrambled eggs, in the noontime sandwich (grilled or not), sliced on a cracker for an afternoon snack and maybe sprinkled on the salad for dinner.
Cheese makes everything better. And cheese from Wisconsin makes things even mo’ better.
Carpeted by grasslands and fed by glacial water, this land is ideal for some 1,200 cheesemakers to create more than 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese, all made following strict state standards for safety, grading and quality. Wisconsin was the first state to grade cheese for quality, and is the only state with an advanced training program to help cheesemakers become cheese masters. Is it any surprise that Wisconsin cheese rakes in the awards?
More than a quarter of all domestic cheese in this country comes from Wisconsin. That’s north of 2.8 billion (with a b) pounds of cheese each year. I eat my share. Do you?
Let’s practice our cheese skills with an easy appetizer or snack recipe I call Cheese Crispies. They’re like a little airy cookie-cracker, crispy, cheesy and just perfect to whet your appetite before a meal, or to stave off mid-afternoon hunger pangs. They are at home at a backyard BBQ and a baby shower, a beach party and a birthday bash.
Get the cheese grater out and turn on the oven!
If you’re a cheesehead like me, head over to the Wisconsin Cheese website, where you’ll find recipes, information about pairings, and you can find a store near you that sells the many brands of Wisconsin cheese. You’ll also want to follow our Cheese Pinterest board, and you may want to throw your hat in the ring for the Wisconsin Cheese recipe contest. Winners get all sorts of things, including cash, cheese, ticket, hotel and airfare to the Food and Wine Conference this summer in Florida. I’ll race you over there to enter!
This week our #SundaySupper blogger crew is celebrating Family-Friendly Recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese. Check out our collection of 20 recipes today from the talented Sunday Supper cooks. Try my Cheese Crispies, or choose another recipe from the menu below to serve around your family table. I have my eye on the Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread and the Cheesy Skillet Lasagna, in particular. And that’s just for my first round.
Today’s Sunday Supper recipes
- Cheese Crispies by Shockingly Delicious
- Cheese Fondue by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Prosciutto Havarti Spinach Bundles by Daily Dish Recipes
Main Dishes with Cheese:
- Cheese Curd Stuffed Meatball Sliders by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cheesy Crab Stuffed Peppers by FoodieTots
- Cheesy Skillet Lasagna by Life Tastes Good
- Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Fontina Chorizo Spinach Quiche by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Ham, Blackberry Ricotta, and Fresh Mozzarella Grilled Cheese by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Korean-style Poutine 2.0 by kimchi MOM
- Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad with Arugula by Ruffles & Truffles
- Pimento Cheese Potato Soup by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Sausage and Burrata Pasta by Family Foodie
Cheese Side Dishes:
- Cheesy Jalapeno and Bacon Potato Au Gratin by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Chipotle Beer Mac & Cheese by One Sweet Mess
- White Mac and Cheese by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Coconut Lime Cheese Crepes with Brandied Cherry Topping by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
10 Ideas for Cheese Dip Dippers by Sunday Supper Movement
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