You won't be surprised to find a number of yummy cheese recipes from a country that adores its dairy products as much as France. Au gratin dishes and fondue savoyarde are known the world over. Of course, French cheese is wonderful
enjoyed on its own, but using them in a recipe can also be culinary magic.
Cooking With Cheese
Grating. Does anybody like this task? For best results, grate cheese when it is cold. For softer cheeses to save time and skin, you might like to try packaged grated cheese. Some of these can be quite alright for recipes, although certainly more expensive than doing it yourself.
For hard cheeses like Parmesan and Sbrinz, use a rotary cheese grater.
Heating. Heat is the enemy of cheese. When making sauces, keep the heat low and grate or crumble the cheese before adding. When melting cheese under the broiler, keep the dish about 5 inches from the heat source.
Fat Content. In general the higher fat content of a cheese, the easier it will be to cook with. Non-fat cheese (please, please tell me you don't eat this) won't even melt. If you are watching your calories, just use less cheese!
Measuring. It is far more accurate to weigh cheese for recipes. In general, 1 cup of shredded cheese weighs about 3 1/2 ounces, and 1 cup of crumbled cheese weighs about 6 ounces.