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I love cheese! L-O-V-E cheese with a passion. My favorite foods all share one thing in common… one ooeey, gooey, delicious ingredient. Yep, you guessed it! CHEESE!!!!!!

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents I love all kinds of cheese, from a little sprinkling of sharp Cheddar on top of tacos to the stringy, melted mozzarella on a fresh baked pizza. Cheese just makes everything taste better. But it’s got to be real cheese, and if I’m making a recipe that calls for cheese it’s got to be a Sargento® Cheese.

Sargento Shredded Cheese is always shredded from blocks of real, natural cheese so it’s full of flavor and real cheese goodness. Not processed cheese, just the wholesome, delicious cheese taste you love.

I’m sharing five of my favorite easy cheesy recipes with you guys. These only require a few ingredients and are awesome whether you’re wanting a quick snack or a family dinner idea. And they’re all made with Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded Cheeses. Great tasting meals start with cheese fresh off the block.

I love the Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese for making my BBQ Chicken Cups, Loaded Tater Bite Skewers and Cheesy Stuffed Peppers. It really adds a lot of flavor and fresh taste to every bite.

When you’re in the mood for a little Italian, Sargento Chef Blends Shredded 6 Cheese Italian is the best. It gives these Pizza Bites the mouth-watering, melted cheese yumminess you’re craving. I make these all the time for party snacks and game day munchies.

Sargento® Chef Blends Shredded 6 Cheese Italian is the secret ingredient that makes my lasagna amazing! It gives this pasta dish a rich and savory flavor that your family will love. My guys request it regularly so we make it for dinner all the time. I also use cottage cheese because we like the texture it adds, but you could substitute ricotta cheese if you prefer a creamier taste.

Pick up a couple of bags of Sargento Shredded Cheese and a few fresh ingredients and give these recipes a try. Be sure to pin them for later and follow our Pinterest board for more cheesy ideas for easy appetizers, party food and dinner recipes.

Easy Recipes Made with Sargento® Shredded Cheese Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Mini Pizza Bites
Easy party appetizers you can make in minutes. Pizza bites are a fan favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent dough
  • 1 8 oz. package Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 6 Cheese Italian
  • 1 tsp. oregano

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Roll out crescent dough and cut into four equal rectangles
  3. Spread pizza sauce across each rectangle
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and oregano
  5. Roll up each rectangle and slice into 1/2 inch pieces
  6. Place pieces onto ungreased cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and 
  8. serve with side of pizza sauce for dipping

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Finger foods full of flavor, these mini peppers are great for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 6 mini sweet bell peppers
  • 1/2 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 8 oz. package Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 jalapeño 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef. Drain grease and stir in chili powder, red onion and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cut off tops of peppers and remove seeds. Set peppers inside muffin tin.
  4. Fill peppers with ground beef, leaving about 1/4 open space at the top.
  5.  Stuff remaining space in peppers with cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and plate. Garnish with sour cream and jalapeno.

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

BBQ Chicken Cups
Sweet barbecue mixed with melted cheddar cheese, chicken and a flaky crust. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 package phyllo dough sheets 
  • 4 oz cooked boneless chicken breast, shredded or diced
  • 1/3 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 8 oz. package Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese
  • cilantro for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Lightly spray regular sized muffin tin with butter spray.
  3.  Layer phyllo dough in muffin tin, 10 to 12 layers each.
  4.  Spoon barbecue sauce into center of phyllo cups. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5.  Add chicken and spoon in a little more barbecue sauce. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Loaded Tater Bite Skewers
These make a great after school snack or party food idea

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of tater bites
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 8 oz. package Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 4 State Cheddar Cheese
  • skewers
  • ranch dressing for dipping
  • green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. Bake tater bites according to package instructions. Remove and let cool.
  2. Skewer 4 tater bites and place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  3. Cover with shredded Cheddar.
  4. Sprinkle with bacon crumbles.
  5. Heat in oven at 425 degrees for ten minutes to melt cheese.
  6. Garnish with chopped green onion and serve with ranch dipping sauce.

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Easy Recipes - Delicious Cheese Snacks and Fresh Meal Ideas with Sargento Cheese via Misty Nelson frostedmoms @frostedevents

Lasagna

A classic comfort food recipe made with layers of real cheese for a rich flavor the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of oregano
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 8 oz. package Sargento® Chef Blends® Shredded 6 Cheese Italian

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Boil lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Brown ground beef. Drain away grease and season with oregano. Add tomato sauce and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a baking dish spread tomato sauce and beef mixture to cover bottom. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese.
  5. Add a layer of 4 noodles. Spread cottage cheese over the noodles.
  6. Sprinkle another layer of cheese. Top with tomato sauce and beef.
  7. Add a second layer of 4 noodles. Spread another layer of cottage cheese over noodles.
  8. Spread sauce over cottage cheese and finish with a final layer of shredded cheese.
  9. Cover dish with aluminum foil. Make sure foil is not touching top layer.