Best Cheese For Mac And Cheese Mild Or Sharp To Melt

Posted By admin On 16.02.22

Mild and sharp cheddar cheese have a smoother, creamier texture than extra sharp cheddar and will be easier to melt. [1] It will require more heat to melt extra sharp cheddar then to melt less-aged cheddar cheese.

There are two types of cheese. There’s cheese that you nibble off a platter, while saying things like, “Hmm, quite nutty.” And then there’s cheese that you melt and stretch and pull and gaze longingly at. But what's the best melting cheese? What varieties get you that gratuitous cheese pull you're after?

Generally speaking, younger, fresher cheese is going to give you a better melt. You know, the softer stuff. Within that broad distinction we have some preferences. These are our 8 favorite cheeses to melt on top of sandwiches baked pasta, toast, and chili.

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American

Yeah, American is on this list, and yeah, we’re calling it cheese, and it’s the meltiest there ever was or will be. We don’t love this one-noted, creamy cheese on everything, but if you see us making a burger or a breakfast sandwich, we’ll be melting American all over it.

Mozzarella

You know the deal with mozzarella. It’s pizza’s best friend, the champion of the cheese pull scenario. Mozzarella, whether fresh or low-moisture, is extremely tame in flavor, so it makes a quick, clean, creamy hit to everything from meatball subs to roasted vegetables.

Cheddar

Shredded cheddar is here for all your oozy dairy needs. Whether you’re topping some chorizo chili or making a classic grilled cheese, shredded cheddar melts extremely well. It also brings that slightly sharp quality to the table to keep things interesting. Speaking of sharpness: If you want melty, go for younger cheddars rather than the aged ones, which have less moisture and don't melt as well.

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The Best Cheese For Mac And Cheese

Gruyère

If you’re making a true French onion soup, gruyère is what you want for that molten, cheesy top layer. It gets bubbly, crispy, and browned under the broiler, and pulls beautifully with each spoon-led expedition into the bowl. Young gruyère is slightly sweet, salty, and nutty, but as you can probably guess, the driving flavor is milky creaminess.

Fontina

This Italian cow’s milk cheese has a flavor that isn’t far from a mild provolone, but it is a little more grassy. We’re fans of fontina in frittatas, and grilled cheese.

Provolone

Not just any provolone though. We’re talking deli-sliced provolone. And we love it melted over the protein in your sandwich. Roast pork. Chicken cutlets. Meatballs. Sausage. Anything, really. Get the stuff labeled 'sharp' for a tangier, more aggressive kick.

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Taleggio

Another Italian cow’s milk offering. Taleggio has a washed rind, which brings a more pungent aroma to the table, but it’s flavor is much more mellow, with hints of nuts, sweet fruit, and a bit of funk. We like blending in taleggio with other cheeses in dishes like macaroni and cheese, tomato pie, quiches, and savory tarts to make the flavor more complex.

Good cheeses for mac and cheese

Raclette

Good Cheeses For Mac And Cheese

Ever see a warmed half wheel of cheese scraped with a knife so all of it falls onto a mountain of potatoes or vegetables or meat below? Maybe in Switzerland? Yeah, that’s probably raclette. It’s a Swiss (or French) cow’s milk cheese that brings fruity, sweet notes to the table. Again, it’s creamy as hell, which seems to be the theme here.

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