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Mar 24, 2010 02:53 PM

What to do with Kraft American Cheese singles?

I'm not a big cheese fan to begin with, and find these Kraft singles just shy of completely revolting.

But I'm stuck with a big package of these things (24 slices).

Certainly a shame to just throw them away, but I'm certainly not above it ...

That said, is there any ingenious (or even just plain dumb) way to make these things palatable?

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  1. I think they melt really well, so mac and cheese?

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    1. re: DGresh

      I've done that ... you can also do grilled cheese for a hit of nostalgia.

      Do you have pets? I use processed cheese to give my dogs their pills (I buy the big bricks of Velveeta). It's sad ... I cook beautiful healthy food for them, and they consider the Velveeta pill package the cherry on top, to be eaten **first** without fail!

      1. re: foiegras

        hahahaha - you beat me to it! Was going to post the same - not only that, but I ALSO cook food for my dogs.. only my poor dog (it's actually the oldest of - yes, my three dogs - who is so fussy I that he won't eat pills in anything else) doesn't even get Velvetta - it's an imitation Velvetta.

        So sad...

        1. re: foiegras

          me three! the singles pill package... these work well for most dogs, except for my most recently passed beloved Weimeraner... he'd chew the cheese and drop the pill... we had to resort to the brand Pill Pockets.

      2. melt into grits with garlic and sriracha. grilled cheese with sliced tomato or sliced dill pickle. or find someone with kids and hand them off (they're usually little guys intro to grilled cheese).

        if you're feeling nostalgic or very depressed add to a sandwich with bologna, mayo or miracle whip on wonder bread. should be served with koolaid.

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        1. re: appycamper

          Oh yeah, now you're reminding me of my childhood; I second the bologna & cheese sandwich with miracle whip on wonder bread AND the kool if you want to get fancy, grill it.

          I'm a chowhound but I do eat processed cheese me they just go with certain things. I'll mix them with other cheese when making grilled cheese, add to a toasted buttered roll & scrambled egg sandwich, add to my cheese mix when making mac & cheese, if I have some that need to be used; add to broccoli cheese cornbread before baking, melt on top of a pile of hashbrowns or home fries etc.

          1. re: Cherylptw

            I'm not against the fact that these cheese singles are processed ... it's just that they taste like plastic to me.

            It's sort of like when I drink Evian from a plastic bottle, I experience a nasty "plastic" aftertaste. If I drink Evian, it has to be from a glass bottle.

            1. re: Cherylptw

              If you're going to do the bologna cheese sandwich w/ MW and WB then add a big piece of crisp iceberg lettuce and don't forget ruffles chips . . .Yum - my stomach just growled as I typed that.

              DS loves the Kraft singles semi-melted on a bagel w/ a scrambled egg on top. He asks for a breakfast bagel on a regular basis, if I'm taking requests. He's moved on to toasted onion bagel w/ scrambled egg w/ chives and red pepper and gruyere and or mozz, but the Kraft single w/ basic scrambled on a plain bagel is still his first love.

              1. re: JerryMe

                lol! that sandwich is ubiquitous for a reason. i have the same fond feeling for hostess chocolate cupcakes.

                1. re: JerryMe

                  I have to ask if the ruffles are ON the sandwich? That's the way I do it.

              2. re: appycamper

                OMG, I had that sandwich almost every day in grade school. And somehow I was skinny.

              3. They make an "OK" grilled cheese sandwich if you don't use too many slices at a time. Tomato is good too and if you throw on a little bacon, you'll taste the cheese that much less...

                1. I don't like them and I don't like the way they feel in my mouth - all plasticy and yucky. Having said that.... I do add a scoop of cheeze whiz to mac and cheese. I would just try melting it into a mac and cheese dish. Crush up potato chips on top and you will have made serious junk food mac

                  1. I'd most recommend you NOT try to integrate them into a cream sauce for a faux Mornay. Heat enhances the artificial flavor and just creates a total mess.

                    Me, I'd combine them 50/50 with some good, hard American cheddar, run them through a food grinder to make pimiento cheese. My grandmother's always had half process cheese in it, and it's my gold standard.

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                    1. re: dmd_kc

                      I disagree. The singles melt perfectly in mac 'n cheese. I just made some last week out of desperation. Drain your noodles, add a little butter and milk to the pot, warm through, stir in the cheese, let that mostly melt, then stir in the noodles. Stir a couple minutes more and it's ready.

                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                        Wonder what I did wrong. I was in EXACTLY that position a few weeks ago, and made a quick white sauce that I melted the cheese into. It was just terrible. Maybe I put in too much, but nobody could eat it -- even the American cheese fans.

                        1. re: dmd_kc

                          Did you make a roux? You don't need to with the singles. Just melt them into pure milk and melted butter.