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50 Ooey Gooey Recipes for the Cheese Lover

June 3, 2019
10 min. read

Is there anyone who doesn’t like cheese? If so, we’re sorry you’re missing out.

As for the rest of the population who can’t live without the stuff, satisfy your cravings with these cheesy, savory, indulgent, mouthwateringly delicious creations.

1. Baked Cheesy Onion Dip

Baked Cheesy Onion Dip

What’s better than cheese in the form of a dip? Swiss cheese, parmesan, onions, mayo, and herbs combine to create the most delicious spreadable appetizer dip—perfect for serving with Martin’s Party Potato Roll “scoops!”

2. Inside-Out Grilled Cheese

Inside Out Grilled Cheese

Try this unique take on grilled cheese: start with your classic American grilled cheese, then sprinkle the outside of the bread with more shredded cheese and fry it up for a crispy, crunchy, toasted cheese-masterpiece!

3. Caprese Flatbread

Caprese Flatbread

Caprese is a magical combination of flavors. Red, green, and white (like the colors of the Italian flag), this tomato, basil, and mozzarella flatbread with balsamic reduction makes a delightful snack or appetizer that somehow manages to be indulgent and cheesy but also light and refreshing.

4. Jucy Lucy Cheeseburger

Looking for a new trick to add to your burger playbook? Try stuffing your burger patties with a meltable cheese like American to achieve a perfectly juicy burger with a molten cheese core that oozes out at the first bite.

5. Savory Cheesy Bread

Cheesy appetizers are the best appetizers. What guests wouldn’t want to indulge in these savory crostini-style toast bites topped with a ham-garlic-shallot spread and covered with buttery, cheesy goodness and fresh chives?

6. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Speaking of appetizers, who doesn’t love creamy, cheesy, slightly spicy jalapeno poppers? All the favorite flavors of the classic app are found here in the form of grilled cheese along with the genius addition of apricot preserves which provides a sweet fruity balance to the jalapeno’s heat.

7. Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza

We love cheeseburger in any form, but we have to say that this creative twist might just be our new favorite: toasted Martin’s Potato Rolls-turned flatbread topped with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, onions, pickles, and mayo.

8.  Assorted Sheet Pan Panini

Assorted Sheet Pan Panini

Can’t decide which type of sandwich you want? Try layering several sandwich variations on a baking sheet so that they overlap, then pressing down with another pan and baking in the oven. Voilà! You now have an assortment of cheesy panini options from which to choose.

9.  Lasagna Grilled Cheese

Lasagna Grilled Cheese

There’s nothing quite like a cheesy layered lasagna to comfort you on a “blah” day. Unless…that lasagna is layered in between some garlic-toasted Martin’s Butter Bread, topped with more cheese, and grilled to sandwich perfection!

10. Southern Stacked Burger

Southern Stacked Burger

A double stacked burger topped with melty salsa con queso, bacon, caramelized onions, and fried green tomatoes atop a Big Marty’s bun? Um…yes please!

11. Smoked Mozzarella Dip

This hors d’oeuvres is all about cheese! Smoky mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, and cream cheese, to be exact, along with some Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes with Martin’s Potato Bread dipping toasts for serving.

12. Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

What’s so special about a ham and cheese sandwich, you ask? Well—when it’s layered between soft plushy Martin’s Potato Buns, topped with a parsley-garlic-butter glaze and baked to melty cheese-pull, golden brown perfection—there’s nothing better.

13. Grilled Vegetable Panini

Cheese lovers need their veggie fix sometimes too! Try this grilled panini made on Martin’s Hoagie Rolls, stuffed full of tri-colored bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, mozzarella cheese, and Italian herb oil.

14. Gourmet 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese

Gourmet 3-Cheese Grilled Cheese

You’ll know what we mean by “gourmet” after you try this flavor-explosion of a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s made with a blend of gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and muenster cheeses; integrated with caramelized sweet yellow onions seasoned with fragrant herbs; and toasted to a marvelous golden brown using the “mayo instead of butter” trick.

15. Bacon Cream Cheese Bites

Bacon Cream Cheese Bites

These cute little appetizer bites are almost as easy to make as they are to pop, one-at-a-time, into your mouth and watch them disappear. All you need is cream cheese, chives, bacon, crustless Martin’s Butter Bread, and 15 minutes!

16. Philly Cheesesteak Dogs

Philly Cheesesteak Dog

You could enjoy a regular ol’ cheesesteak when you’re craving some indulgent, cheesy goodness…OR—you could pile those same flavors on top of a juicy grilled hot dog for some over-the-top, “why not?,” cheat day food.

17. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

What did we say earlier about dips? They’re one of the best ways to savor the magnificence of cheese. Plus, who can say no to buffalo chicken? Combine it with cream cheese, blue cheese dressing, and Colby jack for the most amazing treat—served with Martin’s Potato Rolls and Bread.

18. Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

Two of the iconic cheese-lovers food combined into one? Genius! Stuff your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich with some prepared mac and cheese and grill it up to create one extraordinary culinary masterpiece.

19. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffing Casserole

Don’t forget about cheesy casseroles! They’re not just cold-weather comfort food; they make delicious and convenient all-in-one meals. Try transforming the beloved chicken cordon bleu into a casserole using cubed chicken breast, diced ham, swiss cheese, chicken soup mix, spices, and Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing mix.

20. Cheeseburger Patty Melt

Cheeseburger Patty Melt

Again with the two-in-one combo creations…Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves! Your favorite diner-style griddled cheeseburger and classic grilled cheese sandwich combine to form one delicious patty melt that will have your mouth watering long before you take the first bite.

21. Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

If you’re gonna load up on cheese, you might as well “try” to act healthy, right? Swap in some breaded eggplant for these yummy subs topped with mozzarella, parmesan, marinara sauce, and fresh basil.

22. Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a loaded baked potato topped with all the fixin’s like bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions? Try it in the form of a sandwich for a surprisingly wonderful upgrade.

23. Bacon Wrapped Cheddar BBQ Dogs

Cheddar BBQ Bacon Dog

You may not see the cheese here…but that just makes the first bite of this cheddar-stuffed, bacon wrapped, BBQ sauce-coated hot dog all the more intriguing and inspiring.

24. Cheesy Taco Hoagies

Cheesy Taco Hoagies

Yes, it’s what it sounds like: tacos in the form of a hoagie. Not convinced of its magnificence? You will be once you taste the taco-seasoned ground beef topped with melty Colby-jack cheese, black beans, corn, and fresh cilantro atop toasted Martin’s Hoagie Rolls.

25. Pimento Grilled Cheese Sliders

Pimento Grilled Cheese Sliders

Pimento cheese may have originated in the South, but that doesn’t mean that cheese enthusiasts everywhere can’t enjoy its amazing flavor, which is especially glorious in the form of these mini sandwich sliders on Martin’s Potato Bread.

26. Heirloom Tomato Whole Wheat Tart

Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart

Creamy, cheesy, and perfect for summer! Toast up some half-sheets of Martin’s 100% Whole Wheat 12-Sliced Potato Rolls and top them with an herby ricotta cheese blend, beautiful heirloom tomato slices, and more fresh herbs for a wonderful seasonal snack.

27. Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders

turkey bacon ranch sliders

These pretty sandwiches are just as tasty as they look, and are perfect for serving a large group of people. Layer Martin’s 12 Sliced Potato Rolls with thick-cut turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing, then top the buns in a parsley-garlic butter with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for a delicious party dish.

28. Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip

Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip

White button mushrooms sautéed in butter, crispy bits of bacon, and a creamy blend of mayo, cream cheese, and Italian cheeses—yum, yum, and yum!

29. Salami and Pickle Grilled Cheese

Salami and Pickle Grilled Cheese

This unassuming sandwich packs a punch of flavor with its gruyere cheese (+ bonus cream cheese), genoa salami, and dill pickle chips—striking an amazing balance of complementary flavors and textures.

30. Chili-Cheese Dog

hot dog bar: chili cheese dog

Nothing like the classics: a simple hot dog topped with beef & bean chili, smooth queso dip, some shredded cheese, and maybe a few diced onions—the ultimate summertime picnic meal.

31. Pan-Fried Chicken Bacon Sandwiches

Chicken Bacon Sandwiches

We can bet you’ve never had a sandwich quite like this:  creamy, garlicky chicken salad, crispy bacon, and smoked cheddar cheese, sandwiched between buttered Martin’s Potato Bread and pan-fried ‘til golden brown.

32. Cheesy Potato Soup

Cheesy Potato Soup

Soup can be a great anytime meal, and this cheesy baked potato soup is no exception. With two kinds of cheeses, onions, celery, garlic, and rich potatoes blended to creamy goodness, you’ll enjoy every sip (or dunk of Martin’s Potato Bread) of this soup!

33. Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

The ultimate tropical trifecta of pineapple, Canadian bacon, and Monterey jack cheese makes this herb-crusted grilled cheese a new mealtime retreat.

34. Bacon Jam Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Bacon Jam Egg Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Cheese and bacon lovers—unite…for breakfast! Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls topped with gourmet bacon jam (from TBJ Gourmet), cheesy scrambled eggs, pickled jalapenos, and a smoky garlic aioli, will have you out of bed in a jiffy!

35. Bacon & Brie Burger

Bacon and Brie Burger

These juicy burgers topped with melty brie cheese, crisp bacon, lettuce, and dijonnaise, will have you outdoors grilling the very next chance you get.

36. Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

Okay…so there’s nothing plain or boring about the classic cheesesteak. Something about thinly sliced seared steak, green peppers and onions, and provolone cheese on a Martin’s Hoagie Roll with a smidge of mayo just speaks to our hearts…and stomachs.

37. Ditch Dogs

Mac & Cheese Dog

Yes—it’s what it looks like: a hot dog topped with mac and cheese (and bacon). If you’ve never tried this clever creation (coined by chef Marc Murphy of Ditch Plains), you’re missing out!

38. Grilled Cheese Dippers

Grilled Cheese Dippers

Can’t decide which cheese to use for your grilled cheese sandwich? Try making several variations in the form of grilled cheese strips, then mixing and matching with different types of dipping sauces!

39. Cheddar Herb Stuffing

cheddar herb stuffing 6

Don’t reserve stuffing for once a year during the holiday season! This cheddar and herb stuffing makes a great savory side dish for year-round occasions.

40. Pie Iron Pizza

Pie Iron Pizza

If you’re a fan of camping, you’ve surely heard of mountain pies (or one of the other names they go by): delicious grilled sandwiches cooked over a fire in a cast iron sandwich press. While all the varieties are pretty great, we’re especially loving the cheesy pepperoni pizza one today.

41. Buffalo Hot Dogs

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Blue cheese needs its time in the spotlight too! With its sharp and tangy flavor, it pairs wonderfully with the spicy buffalo mayo, crumbled bacon, scallions, and ranch dressing that decorate the tops of these baked hot dogs.

42. Waffle Grilled Cheese

Waffle Grilled Cheese

Sometimes you just want a simple grilled cheese. There’s nothing “basic” about this sandwich, though, which is grilled using a waffle maker to create a decorative toast pattern in the Martin’s Potato Bread.

43. Green Chile Queso Burger

Green Chile Queso Burger

This double-stacked smashed burger topped with pepperjack cheese, sautéed onions and hatch chilies, sriracha mayo, and creamy queso is all you need to satisfy your next cheese craving.

44. Turkey & Havarti Club Panini

Turkey Club Grilled Cheese

Creamy Havarti, thick-cut turkey, bacon, and arugula together form a great basis for a lunchtime sandwich, whether plain or grilled. Put your own unique spin on it by adding a sweet spread (such as apricot preserves) or a savory one (like garlic mayo).

45. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

The spinach and artichoke may get all the recognition in this popular party appetizer, but we think the cream cheese-parmesan-mayonnaise mixture deserves most of the credit.

46. BBQ and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

BBQ and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Only a few ingredients but oh, so much flavor! Cheddar + pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, and sweet & tangy BBQ sauce make a “to die for” grilled cheese combination.

47. Broccoli Cheddar Soup Bread Bowls

Cheddar Broccoli Bread Bowls

Here’s a way to get your kids to eat their broccoli: cover it with melted cheddar cheese! But really…there’s something about broccoli-cheddar soup that is so comforting. We love serving mini-portions inside hollowed out Martin’s Dinner Potato Rolls.

48. French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza

Mix and match your favorite cheese, sauce, and topping combinations onto halved Hoagie Rolls for an easy customizable family dinner.

49. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches

slow cooker bacon ranch chicken

This slow cooker recipe is jam-packed with bold flavors and cheesy goodness: from the cream cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing seasoning, to the tender shredded chicken and Colby jack cheese.

50. Grilled Cheese Burger

Grilled Cheese Burger

Like a patty melt, but not quite. This (almost) over-the-top creation, which uses two grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns for a juicy grilled burger, looks like the type of indulgent food you’d find at a carnival or the boardwalk.


Enjoy—Let us know your favorite recipe in the comments!

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