______ cheese bake?
I looked in my refrigerator and I realized that I have a lot of cheese (particularly sharp cheddar, fontina, gruyere) that I need to use up!
Besides the obvious, mac 'n cheese, do you hounds have any favorite "________ cheese bake" recipes you'd like to share? It'd be nice if the recipe was vegetarian friendly. Thanks for your help!
I like to cook a whole eggplant in the oven, scoop out the pulp, and top with shredded cheese and bake till bubbly. You can add chickpeas to the eggplant mixture.
To cook the eggplant- wrap a whole eggplant in foil, pierce a few times with a sharp knife, place on a cookie sheet. Bake till the eggplant is collapsed and very soft- about 1 hour.
yum -- cheese and eggplant is delicious. i have a "country-style" recipe involving diced and peeled parboiled eggplant, shredded cheddar, crushed ritz crackers and ...yes...cream of mushroom soup. instead of the soup, you could use some roux and mushrooms, with a little veggie broth.
i'm not a casserole hater, and could eat on this for a week! ;-).
Cheese strata, but instead of milk/cream in the custard, use tomato soup for 2/3 of the liquid.
Toast the bread first. An homage to grilled cheese and tomato soup.
If you feel pressed to use the cheese before it spoils, do this: Throw it in a ziploc and freeze it. Then you can use it for any cooking application later. I keep cheese in my freezer until I am ready to make "100 cheese" fondue, gratin, mac-n-cheese, whatever.
The caveat with freezing cheese is that you are changing the texture by doing so. But you will also do so by cooking- so you can realistically only cook with cheese that you have frozen. Just thaw completely before using.
Grilled tomato with cheese.
Chudder, cheese & butter spread