Cheesy Recipes To Make For Christmas

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese!

IMAGE Dairy Darilag

Who doesn't love cheese during the holidays? Whether it's for dessert or the appetizer, there's a little something that can be said about any dish that has cheese: delicious! 

If you're one of those people who adore cheesy recipes throughout the day, these cheesy recipes are sure to whet the appetites of anyone! 

Photo by Patrick Martires

1 Cheese Cupcakes Recipe 

Whoever says cheese is a favorite ingredient will love that there's a cupcake that caters to that craving. These cheese cupcakes are loaded with everything you can want in a Pinoy dessert: it's got sweetened condensed milk, it's got cheese, and it's in cupcake form that requires no frosting on top. 

Photo by Stephanie Cueva
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2 Filipino Cheese Bar Recipe

Have you ever wondered what brownies would taste like if it had cheese? You might think of a cheesecake bar but that tangy stuff has nothing on this brownie recipe! A gloriously sticky layer of sweetened condensed milk and cheese settles on top of these cheese brownies to give it that extra kick of sweet and salty that we love in our cheesy desserts. 

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3 Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipe 

It may be intended for breakfast but there's no firm rule that says it can be just as delicious whatever time of day you feel like making it. This combination of ham and cheese on bread is not uncommon but it is when it's a baking dish like this! Layer it up and bake it for a fuss-free meal that you can forget about for the next 30 or so minutes while you make time for other chores. 

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4 Cheesy Beef Empanada Recipe 

Any beef empanada becomes extra delicious when you add corned beef. Add a melty cheese, too, and you may have a snack that nobody will be able to resist! This delightful easy-to-eat pocket pie will be a hit at any buffet table. 

Photo by Bianca Laxamana

5 Cream Cheese Fruit Salad Recipe 

Fruit salads are the norm during the holidays and so is the abundance of fresh fruit. Why not shelve the fruit cocktail and make a fresh fruit salad instead? Make it extra good and cheesy creamy by swapping some of the all-purpose cream with cream cheese to make a cheesy fruit salad with fruits you actually enjoy eating. 

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6 Cheesy Chicken Pesto Lumpia Recipe 

There isn't a lumpia that a Filipino will not love and here's another great example of a unique lumpia to try! This is a super tasty version of your common cheese stick or cheese lumpia. The difference is that there's some chicken tossed in pesto to give it a burst of that herby basil, nut, and cheese flavor that you love in your pasta. 

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7 Kesong Puti and Mango Jam Tarts Recipe 

Kesong puti is a wonderful local fresh cheese! This cheese is similar to the halloumi when fried so if you want to enjoy this simple tart warmed up, get excited to bite into this sweet, cheesy bite that will have a little stretch and cheese pull to satisfy you until the meal really starts.  

Photo by Dairy Darilag

8 Queso de Bola Dip Recipe 

We're quite sure that someone will have queso de bola in the kitchen this Christmas season. This Edam cheese is a classic Christmas cheese and if you have a ball, you'll love ways to add it to your menu beyond the cheeseboard. If you love to nibble on snacks while waiting for the hour to strike, this dip will be a great way to enjoy the melted cheese while catching up on the latest family chismis. 

You dont' need to make the cheese dish on your table so try any of these if you're strapped for time: 


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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