10 ooziest cheese recipes

Sometimes only melted cheese will do, so satisfy those cheese cravings with these delicious recipes that make the most of classic Cheddar, oozy mozzarella, punchy blue cheese and more. Upgrade a favourite with the ultimate ham and grilled cheese sandwich or be generous with the melted mozzarella on a white pizza.

Ham and grilled cheese sandwich
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Ham and grilled cheese sandwich

The grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food. We’ve put a twist on the traditional toasted sandwich by combining salty Parma ham, fresh spinach, nutty Gouda and a sweet and spicy relish. Encased within extra thick bread, this truly is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

  1. Combine the relish ingredients in a small bowl, season with black pepper, then spread a thin layer onto each slice of bread.
  2. In a hot griddle pan, cook the bread slices (relish side up) until griddle marks form. Remove from the pan, top 4 of the slices of bread with cheese, then add the ham, followed by the spinach. Season with black pepper; sandwich with the remaining bread.
  3. Melt the butter in a large, lidded frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add two sandwiches and cover with the lid. Cook for 7-10 mins, then flip and cook for a further 7-10 mins, until the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and serve immediately.

Cook's tip: Unlike toasties, grilled cheese sandwiches are fried in butter to ensure a crispy exterior. For a lighter version, skip this step and cook under the grill. For the bread, wholemeal or sourdough work best, as they are robust enough to hold the fillings. A seeded loaf will add extra crunch, if preferred.

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  • Ingredients
  • 8 chunky slices bread, roughly 1cm thick
  • 200g (7oz) mature Gouda, rind removed, finely sliced
  • 8 slices Parma ham
  • 50g (1 3/4oz) baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 large knob of butter
  • For the relish
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of Tabasco