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30 of Our Best Cheesy Recipes for the Holidays

Compiled by Susan Sherrill Axelrod

The countdown is on: shopping days are in the single digits and the holidays are nearly here. If you’re still casting about what to serve family and friends for the festive days ahead, you’re in luck. We’ve combed our extensive recipe archives and narrowed down a list of 30 standouts to grace your holiday table. Some are classics (who doesn’t love a cheese ball?) and others are more cutting-edge (those Profiteroles with Gruyere Caramel are absolutely worth the effort), but all are guaranteed to garner raves. 

Party Starters

Basic Homemade Cheese Ball coated is toasted sliced almonds and filled with a mix of blue cheese and figsBlue Cheese Ball with Figs, Thyme, and Almonds

South Holland Cheese Dip

Poppyseed Parmesan Crisps

Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

Apple-Pear Brie en Croute

olives stuffed with fresh goat cheese, manchego, and herbs

Cheese-Stuffed Olives


Festive Cocktails

Maple-Bourbon Cocktail

Blueberry Pomegranate Sparkler

Blueberry Pomegranate Sparkler

Winter Rum Old Fashioned

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry

Bronze Age

Southern Egg Nog

Main Dishes and Sides

Steak and Stilton Pie

Shaved Brussels sprout salad with hazelnuts, cheddar, and apples

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cheddar, Hazelnuts, and Apples

green pozole. Photographed by Lauren Volo

Green Pozole

Spiced Lamb Lasagna

Chard-and mushroom shepherd's pie

Chard and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

Bucatini with Fondue Sauce and Broccoli Rabe


Profiteroles with Gruyère Caramel

Profiteroles with Gruyère Caramel

Roquefort with Red Wine-Poached Prunes


Quark Parfaits with Chocolate Meringue Cookies and Raspberry Sauce

Cannoli with ricotta, chocolate & fruit

Cannoli with Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit Filling

Cranberry-Apple Crisp with Grand Marnier Mascarpone

Ricotta Cheesecake with Red Wine-Soaked Figs, Hazelnuts, and Olive Oil Crust

Breakfast and Brunch

Shredded Pancetta, Potato, and Stinky Cheese Breakfast Casserole

mascarpone-glazed sticky buns

Mascarpone-Glazed Sticky Buns

Buckwheat Crepes with Fried Eggs and Ham

Savory Bacon-Comté Scones

Parrano Chocolate Puffle topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar

Parrano-Chocolate Puffle

Sriracha Bloody Mary






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