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Apr 12, 2007 09:56 PM

government cheese

my mom's friend gave her one giant block of 'processed American cheese" - the kind government gives to seniors. And I, by default, am the cheese preparer in the family.
I abhor Kraft and most supermarket cheese.
So what can I do with it that makes it taste good? Mac' and cheese? strata? what else?
even better if the ideas are veggie-friendly...

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  1. Is it American cheese or cheese food? If it's the former, it's not as bad as you imagine, at least not for cooking.

    Not too gourmet, but grilled American cheese sandwiches really still hit the spot for me every time. Pan fry with a small amount of butter.

    Also, it melts well, so it can actually make a good fondue. And I bet it'd work well in gougeres.

    If you really need to get rid of it, use it in quiche and omelettes. Grill over apple slices until the cheese browns slightly.

      1. re: adverb

        That's what I was going to say. Cheese sauce, because making a smooth sauce out of real cheese is not easy (at least for me). Go old-school and over-cook some broccoli, pour cheese sauce over it, and call it healthy ;-)

      2. When I was a kid, an elderly family friend would share it with us--the block he got was more than he could eat. Whenever we got it, we had corn chowder and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.
        That cheese made great sandwiches. I loved getting it, it was a treat.

        1. If you don't like its taste, it might be tough to hide it, but there are many recipes that call for it.

          You can add it to Seven Layer Dip.

          Top apple pie, or toast a bagel topped w/ cheese and layer on apple slices.

          You could do a spaghetti pie... Cook pasta; mix pasta w/ egg and parmesan and place in a greased baking dish, then cover w/ your favorite pasta sauce and top with american and mozzarella cheese; allow to bake, warm through, bubbly, and browned.

          Corn Cheese Chowder
          or Potato Soup (w/o ham)

          Fondues, Souffles, Scones/Biscuits, Muffins, Twice Baked Potatoes, Welsh Rarebit, Cheese Grits, Quiche, Frittata

          Hope any of that spurs you on...

          1. Nachos. Or maybe you could try to make pimento cheese with it.

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            1. re: sweetie

              my mom's variation of mac and cheese is very good, and we normally use Velveeta.

              make a sauce of sauteed finely chopped celery, onion, carrot, and garlic, and a can of diced tomatoes. season with S&P, thyme, basil and oregano and simmer it a half hour or so. Add a good amount of cheese to it to get a rosee-like sauce,

              toss this with 1lb. cooked elbow macaroni noodles, and some more cheese within and on top. We've added ground beef, Italian sausage, cooked and sliced breakfast sausage... It's always good. Bake about 15 minutes, if still warm, at 375.

              1. re: C70

                c70...that avatar of yours made me smile!

                1. re: C70

                  Lots of great info about mac 'n' cheese (and recipes to use your cheese here):