Endlessly versatile, sometimes surprising and always delicious, cheese is a perennial crowd favorite. Find out why.

Cheese Can Please a Crowd!

Natural cheese is a fermented food made from four basic ingredients including milk, salt, “good bacteria,” and an enzyme called rennet. Cheesemakers use different proportions of this foundational formula coupled with different aging processes to create a variety of cheeses of differing textures, flavors and colors. 

But cheese delivers benefits beyond its delicious variety—it also makes significant contributions to a nutritious diet. Cheeses are good sources of calcium, protein and phosphorus, three nutrients particularly important to help build and maintain healthy bones.

With hundreds of varieties of cheese available—from creamy and melty to firm and chewy—there is an option for almost every palate and diet, even low-sodium. It’s a part of countless recipes, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, and snacks in between. There might even be cheese in your favorite dessert! 

Whatever your preference, cheese is a versatile, craveable way to add nutrition to your diet. Explore the tastiest ways to use cheese in our recipes and see for yourself.