Cheddar cheese, commonly known as cheddar, is a relatively hard, off-white (or orange if colourings such as annatto are added), sometimes sharp-tasting, natural cheese. Originating in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset, cheeses of this style are now produced all over the world.
Cheddar is the most popular type of cheese in the UK, accounting for 51% of the country's £1.9 billion annual cheese market. It is the second-most popular cheese in the US behind mozzarella, with an average annual consumption of 10 lb (4.5 kg) per capita. The US produced approximately 3,000,000,000 lb (1,300,000 long tons; 1,400,000 tonnes) of cheddar cheese in 2014, and the UK produced 258,000 long tons (262,000 tonnes) in 2008.The term cheddar cheese is widely used, but is not protected designation of origin in the EU or the UK. However, in 2007 the Protected Designation of Origin, "West Country Farmhouse Cheddar", was registered in the EU and (after Brexit) the UK, which is used Cheddar produced from local milk within Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and manufactured using traditional methods may use that name. Furthermore a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) was registered for Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar in 2013 in the EU, which also applies under UK law.
The style and quality of cheeses labelled as cheddar may vary greatly, with some processed cheeses being packaged as "cheddar" while bearing little resemblance. Furthermore, certain cheeses that have more similarity in taste and appearance to Red Leicester are sometimes marketed as "red Cheddar".

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  1. mjd

    Recipe Mushroom, Ham, and Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

    MJ's comments: I have never made this with the ham included. The mushroom and cheddar stuffed is tasty. Mushroom, Ham, and Cheddar Stuffed Burgers serves/makes: 10 ingredients 5 pounds lean ground beef 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (optional) black pepper...
  2. medtran49

    Recipe Cheddar shortbreads

    Makes 24 shortbread cookies/crackers 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 Tbsp sour cream Scant 1 Tbsp water 1 small serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves 1 cup AP flour 4 ounces...
  3. medtran49

    Recipe Cheddar, bacon and chile "rillette"

    Not a real rillette obviously, but it uses bacon and bacon fat in the dish, so it's along those lines. Think a spicy cousin of pimento cheese. 4 center-cut thick bacon slices 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1-1/2 tsp finely grated shallot or white onion 1/2 tsp hot sauce (such as Crystal) 8 ounces sharp...
  4. TastyReuben

    Recipe Potted Beer And Cheddar (aka Pub Cheese)

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  5. medtran49

    Recipe Cheddar, corn, jalapeno corn bread

    This was some of the most moist and tender cornbread I've ever had. Since I used my basic go to cornbread recipe, I have to assume it was the addition of the cheese. Makes 7-8 cupcake size or two 6-inch pie pan servings 1-1/2 Tbsp sugar (optional) 3 Tbsp butter, room temperature 1/2 tsp salt...
  6. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Bacon Brussels Sprouts Cheddar Soup

    I took a detour from my healthy eating to make this, but it was well worth it. Ingredients 6 strips bacon (I used Boar's Head Maple Bacon) 1 pound brussels sprouts, shredded 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 teaspoon thyme 4 cups chicken stock 1 cup milk 2 pieces sourdough bread, cut in chunks 2 cups...
  7. JAS_OH1

    Recipe Baked Cheddar Olive Balls

    These tasty baked cheddar cheese and olive balls are delicious and the recipe is quick and easy! This recipe is courtesy of my mother-in-law, with a little tweak from me with the addition of grated parmesan cheese. I have no idea where she got it and she doesn't remember, but she has been...
  8. medtran49

    Recipe Cheddar, black pepper and green onion biscuits with cheddar feet

    Makes 8 large biscuits You can't really see it in the second picture, but the "feet" are a crunchy, baked cheddar frico. 2 cups AP flour, plus more for dusting 2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp black pepper 3/4 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (4 ounces), cubed 1/2 cup...
  9. medtran49

    Recipe Cheddar crusted chicken

    Serves 2-3 depending on appetite, my husband ate 2 thighs as he liked it so much. You can tailor the spices and cheeses to whatever flavor profile you want. Oregano, basil, and ParmR for Italian. Cumin, garlic and onion powder, even Mexican oregano with a Monteray Jack, queso fresco, etc. for...
  10. TastyReuben

    Recipe Twice-Baked Potatoes

    TWICE-BAKED POTATOES Serves 6-8 Ingredients 4 medium russet potatoes (about 8oz each), scrubbed, dried, and rubbed lightly with vegetable oil 4oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup) 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 TB unsalted butter, softened 3 scallions, sliced thin 1/2 tsp...
  11. Hemulen

    Recipe Cheddar-topped aubergines with yoghurt sauce

    Cheddar-topped aubergines with yoghurt sauce Serves 2 | Preparation time 1,5 hours Ingredients ✧ 2 medium-sized aubergines/eggplants (~650 g/1.43 lbs) ✧ 2 tablespoons evoo ✧ 100 g/0.22 lbs mature cheddar ✧ 1-2 teaspoons grated lime zest ✧ 40 g/1.4 oz pine kernels ✧ 1-2 cloves of garlic ✧ a...
  12. TastyReuben

    Recipe Chili-Cheese Balls

    CHILI-CHEESE BALLS Makes about 6 dozen appetizers Ingredients 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8oz) 1 cup AP flour 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 tsp salt 1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies, well drained Directions Heat oven to 375F. Mix all ingredients. Shape into 3/4-inch balls. Place about 2...
  13. Morning Glory

    The CookingBites Recipe Challenge: Cheddar cheese

    Welcome to the CookingBites Recipe Challenge. The current challenge ingredient is Cheddar cheese and caseydog is our judge. To enter, all you need to do is post a recipe* using Cheddar cheese, tag it cookingbites recipe challenge and post a link to it in this thread. The winner becomes the judge...
  14. flyinglentris

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  15. Mountain Cat

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    More with the English muffin theme. Do find a good quality English muffin, you'll be glad for the taste. This open-faced melt can be served as a breakfast or brunch, but is still fine for lunch, too. "] Layering on the muffin toppings in the photo above... The egg with onion is first...
  16. Onion Bagel with Prosciutto and Sliced Cheddar

    Onion Bagel with Prosciutto and Sliced Cheddar

    Onion Bagel with Prosciutto and Sliced Cheddar
  17. medtran49

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    We made this back at the end of January 2020 and I didn't take a picture of it for some reason. It was delish though! You can make a portable version by emptying out a bag of Fritos, then layering the chips, chili, cheese, and garnishes to refill the bag. You can use the big bags for 2 or 3...
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  20. Morning Glory

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