Must-try fusion cheesy recipes with USA Cheese

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Bak Kwa Bread & Butter Pudding, Crispy Cream Cheese Dumplings and Gochujang Prawn Gratin are proof of the versatility and many delicious possibilities when cooking with USA Cheese

With hundreds of years of history from a melting pot of backgrounds and cultures, cheeses from the United States have much to offer in terms of variety, flavour and value. The constant innovation, craftsmanship and dedication by American farmers and the entire cheese community means that there are a wide range of quality cheeses to choose from.

From cream cheese and mozzarella to specialty cheeses with unique and bold flavours, there is a USA Cheese to satisfy every palate. What’s more, anyone can create simple meals with USA Cheese as they are incredibly versatile. 

To show how easy you can cook with USA Cheese, follow @USAcheeseguildsg’s Instagram for easy-to-follow recipes and ideas on innovative uses of cheese.

Here, we highlight three easy recipes that use Asian ingredients for a unique take on classic foods.

Bak Kwa Bread & Butter Pudding

We are all familiar with traditional bread and butter pudding typically made with buttered bread, raisins and egg custard. For a unique savoury take on the classic dish, add bak kwa (dried salty-sweet barbecued meat) – perfect for cosy family gatherings.

Makes: 1 casserole. Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Difficulty: Moderate.

 Ingredients

 50g U.S. Baby Swiss Cheese, sliced
50g U.S. Mild Cheddar Cheese, sliced
 100g butter, unsalted, softened
 1 white onion, sliced
 50ml red wine vinegar
 30g granulated sugar
 25ml red wine
 1 garlic clove, finely chopped


  1 loaf of baguette, cubed
  200ml milk
  2 eggs
  200ml cream
  15g dijon mustard
  100g chicken bak kwa, diced
  Few sprigs of parsley, finely chopped
  Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat half of the butter in a pan over medium heat.

Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add red wine vinegar, granulated sugar and red wine. Increase the heat slightly to allow the liquid to evaporate. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Whisk milk, eggs, cream, bak kwa and dijon mustard together in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Make a herbed butter by melting remaining butter in a preheated saucepan. Add chopped garlic, parsley and a pinch of salt.

Grease a baking dish with some butter and arrange the baguette at the bottom. Drizzle the herbed butter over the baguette.

Pour the chicken bak kwa mixture and top with a layer of onions, sliced Baby Swiss Cheese and sliced mild cheddar cheese.

Bake the bread and butter pudding for 25 minutes until it is puffed up and golden brown. Top with grated mild cheddar cheese before serving.

Watch the video for the recipe here.

Crispy Cream Cheese Dumplings

Surprise friends and family with these crispy mouth-watering parcels filled with smooth and creamy U.S. cream cheese. They are a delightfully scrumptious appetiser to kick off any meal.

Makes: 24 dumplings. Cook time: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy.

Ingredients
225g U.S. Cream Cheese
20g chives, chopped
10g onion powder
10g sugar
1 egg, beaten
24 dumpling wrappers
Black pepper to taste

Combine Cream Cheese, chives, onion powder, sugar and black pepper. Stir until well mixed. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag.

Place a dumpling wrapper on a flat surface and drop a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into the centre.

Brush the edges of the wrapper with the egg mixture. Bring 2 opposite corners together in the middle of the dumpling and pinch. Repeat for the other 2 corners and pinch to form a package shape.

Fry in 180°C hot oil until golden brown. Transfer to drip rack and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Watch the video for the recipe here.

Gochujang Prawn Gratin

Skip the usual potato gratin and try this Korean-inspired recipe. It’s a blend of sweet, savoury and spicy flavours topped with baked cheese – all in one dish!

Serves: 2. Cook time: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy.

 Ingredients

 For Marinade

 500g king prawns
 30ml extra virgin olive oil
 3ml lemon juice
 5g garlic, minced
 15ml honey
 30g gochujang paste

 

 For Topping
50g U.S. Garlic and Herb Jack Cheese, grated
 50g U.S. Mozzarella Cheese, grated
 Roasted sesame seeds
 Pea sprouts

Preheat oven to 200°C.
Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a mixing bowl.
Rub the marinade all over the prawns to coat evenly.
Prepare a pan with hot oil and sear the prawns, charring just the surface. Transfer prawns into a casserole and add grated Garlic and Herb Jack Cheese, and grated mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 5 minutes, then garnish with roasted sesame seeds and pea sprouts.
Watch the video for the recipe here.

Discover the heritage and diversity of cheeses from the USA on its Instagram page @USACheeseGuildSG.

All images courtesy of USA Cheese Guild.

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