Dairy and Cheese

Course | Dairy Image

Whether from cows, goats, sheep, horses or even camels, milk forms an important component of the diet of people in many countries. Milk is often drunk fresh, but it is more commonly transformed, either through churning into butter, or through fermentation and aging into yogurt, kefir or any of an endless number of cheeses.

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Dairy and Cheese Recipes


Dairy | Fondue

(Swiss melted cheese dish)

Originating in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel, fondue was devised as a winter dish to use up bread and cheese. Fondue means "melted," and it is traditionally served in a heavy pot called a caquelon that is heated over a small burner, or rechaud. Read more »


Ingredients | Ghee

(Indian clarified butter)

Ghee, or ghi, is a common cooking fat in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Butter is given a long, slow simmer which gives it a deep, nutty flavor. Ghee is great for sauteing as it has a higher smoking point than butter. And because the milk solids are strained out, it can stay fresh for up to 3 months at room temperature. Read more »


Dairy | Iab Ethiopian Cheese Image

(Ethiopian fresh cheese)

Iab (sometimes spelled aiyb or ayib) is a fresh cheese similar to cottage cheese. It's cooling flavor is the perfect foil for many spicy Ethiopian dishes. Iab is often served as the finish to an Ethiopian meal. Read more »

Macaroni and Cheese

Pastas | Macaroni and Cheese Image

(American pasta with cheese)

Macaroni and cheese is an old American favorite dating back almost to the time of the American Revolution. Always a Southern favorite, its popularity really took off after Kraft® introduced a boxed version in the 1930s. Kraft's version became so popular that some people now prefer their packaged to the homemade. We still think homemade is best. Read more »

Matar Paneer

Vegetables | Matar Paneer Image

(Indian curried peas and cheese)

Matar paneer is a simple yet tasty vegetarian dish from the northern part of India around New Delhi and the Punjab. Pair it with a piece of naan or chapati to make a full meal. Read more »


Appetizers | Obatzter

(German beer cheese spread)

Obatzter (pronounced "OH-bots-duh") is a Bavarian full-flavored cheese spread. Classic Biergarten fare, Obatzter is especially popular at Oktoberfest celebrations. Also spelled Obazda or Obatzda. Known as angemachter Käse or Gerupfter in the state of Franken. Read more »


Dairy | Paneer in Mattar Paneer Image

(Indian fresh cheese)

Paneer is a fresh, unsalted cheese, often homemade, that is a primary source of protein for many India's millions of vegetarians. Easily made, it is most often cut into cubes and fried or stirred into curries. Paneer is also used in Persian and some Central Asian cuisines. Read more »


Desserts | Easter Paskha

(Eastern Orthodox molded Easter cheesecake)

Paskha — also known as Пасха, paska, pasca and pascha — is a pyramid-shaped confection that is served for Easter in the Eastern Orthodox homes of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and also in Poland and Lithuania. Similar in taste to a cheesecake without the crust, paskha is traditionally spread on slices of kulich, a sweet Easter bread. Read more »

Peach Ice Cream

Desserts | Peach Ice Cream

(American Southern frozen fruit and dairy dessert)

There's nothing like a big scoop of Georgia peach ice cream to cool down a hot summer's day. If you have an electric ice cream maker, you'll be astounded at how easy it is to make. Use fresh peaches at the peak of the season. This recipe makes enough for a crowd. For smaller batches, just scale the recipe down. Read more »

Pimento Cheese

Appetizers | Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

(American Southern cheese spread and sandwich filling)

Pimento cheese is a well-known and beloved sandwich filling in the Southern United States. A simple mixture of chopped Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and pimentos, pimento cheese is great between two slices of crustless white bread. Read more »

Queso Fundido

Appetizers | Queso Fundido

(Mexican melted cheese appetizer)

Queso fundido is as simple as it is decadently tasty. Flavorful cheese is melted together with fragrant mushrooms, roasted peppers or other garnishes and served with fresh corn tortillas. Serve this south-of-the-border version of cheese fondue as a starter to any Mexican meal. Your guests will be singing your praises. ¡Que rico! Read more »


Dairy | Raita Image

(Indian yogurt condiment)

Raitas are cooling side dishes often served as part of an Indian meal. These seasoned yogurt salads are used quench the fire of chilies found in many Indian dishes. There are endless variations. Feel free to experiment! Read more »

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

Soups | Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

(American hearty cheese soup)

The American state of Wisconsin is known for its dairies and breweries. Cheese and beer find an apt marriage in this rich and satisfying soup that will ward off even the most numbing winter chill. Read more »


Ingredients | Yogurt in a Bowl

(Turkish cultured milk)

Yogurt is the main dairy product in the diets of peoples stretching in a wide arc from North Africa through the Mediterranean, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Caucasus on into the Indian subcontinent. It is a favored form of milk for many cultures as it is easily digested, is a good source of protein, holds well and has probiotic qualities. Read more »