There are few worldly pleasures better than sitting around a table of great food with your closest friends. That’s what Thankssgiving is all about. This year, we’re making the celebration less about expectations and tradition and more about honoring life’s important friendships with our favorite Thanksgiving fare: cheese.
Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes
These recipes have something to please everyone. Whether you’re a dedicated cheese fanatic ready to dive into a seasonal cheese board or someone who lives for Thanksgiving side dishes, we’ve handpicked our top five Wisconsin Cheese inspired Thanksgiving dishes just for you.
Friendsgiving Cheese Board
Say hello to the perfect appetizer for any big gathering. Easy to make, delicious, and an instant crowd-pleaser, Our Friendsgiving Cheese Board is loaded with four of our favorite Wisconsin cheeses that will be sure to delight any cheese lover. You can pick your own or add to our selection—the more cheese the merrier.
Marieke® Gouda Black Pepper Mix cheese
This one-of-a-kind gouda comes from one of Wisconsin’s most decorated cheesemakers, Marieke Penterman. Take the deliciously buttery and nutty gouda you love and supercharge it with pepper, paprika, coriander, and a hint of allspice. What you end up with is a gouda with a subtle, yet flavorful kick. The perfect choice for a Friendsgiving Cheese board.
Deer Creek® The Imperial Buck cheese
Think you know cheddar? Think again. Handmade and bandage-wrapped, this aged cheddar from Deer Creek has an unbelievable combo of what can only be described as, “creamy crunchiness.” Just try a bite, and you’ll understand what we mean.
Roelli Red Rock cheese
Cheddar, meet blue. This cheddar blue from Roelli Cheese Haus is a U.S. Cheese Championship Winner and perfect for the more adventurous in your Friendsgiving group. Cave-aged for 3-6 months with just a hint of blue, this cheese is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Wisconsin Cheese Lover's Spread
Give a warm welcome to the centerpiece of your cheese board. Assorted cheese, garlic, white wine, and thyme mingle in a food processor to create the most delicious cheese spread you’ll ever have the pleasure of consuming. We recommend making two cups of this spread. Here’s a recipe if you’d rather not just “wing it.”
Munch on crackers and breadsticks between bites of cheese and try pairing with grapes, dried fruit, or figs for an explosion of flavor in your mouth.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Burrata Salad
We love this refreshing salad for more than a few reasons, but if we had to pick one, it would be the burrata. This isn’t just any burrata, BelGioioso’s award-winning fresh burrata comes with the heavenly surprise of fresh mozzarella pieces soaked by the cream inside. Enjoy this fresh cheese on top of kale, sweet potato, and pomegranate seeds for the perfect mix of creamy and crunchy. Top with balsamic vinegar and you’ll have the ideal salad for any Thanksgiving celebration.
Bacon-Beer Cheddar Stuffing
Beer and cheese are a foodie cheat code for finger-licking goodness. Our Bacon-Beer Cheddar Stuffing takes everything you know and love about this Thanksgiving staple and turns it up a notch by infusing it with tangy, aged beer cheddar. Did we mention bacon too? This dish is sure to have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside with holiday cheer.
Creamy Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is better than mashed potatoes. There, we said it. Don’t believe us? That’s because you haven’t tried our Creamy Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower. We combined two of our favorite parmesans along with silky mashed cauliflower to create a side dish that may just stun you with how good it is.
Warm Brussels Sprout Slaw with Blue Cheese
No Thanksgiving spread would be complete without a hearty, tangy slaw like our Warm Brussels Sprout Slaw with Blue Cheese. Don’t like Brussels sprouts? We’d advise you give our recipe a shot—you might just become a convert. The secret to this tasty dish is Mindoro Blue® cheese from Prairie Farms. If we had our way Brussels sprouts would only be served with blue cheese and you’ll understand why after trying this dish.
These five recipes will get you well on your way to hosting a Thanksgiving full of great food and better memories. If you’re eager to pick something else that suits your style, choose from our selection of over 300 handcrafted recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese. Struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift? Give the gift of cheese! Choose from our full selection of carefully curated cheese baskets to find the perfect present. Share your creation with us on Instagram or Facebook and become part of the largest cheese community in the world.