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Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes Using Cheese

The finished cheese melted over thin apple slices - gluten free!

The finished cheese melted over thin apple slices - gluten free!

Quick and Healthy

These food ideas can be made in a very short amount of time. One does not require any cooking at all! See how you or your chikdren like them.

1. Apple Cheddar Melt

Nice crisp, fresh apple slices replace the cracker in this cheese-topped treat. They look attractive and are healthy as all get out. This dish is great for after-school snacks, appetizers, or dessert.

Apple Cheddar Melt Instructions


Average sized 3 inch diameter apple such as Granny Smith, Red Delicious, or another

1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese


Slice the apple – not into wedges, but into thin ¼ inch uniformly thin slices. Therefore, they will end up in varying shapes as one uses up the apple. Discard core in compost pile.

Set an oven rack on the highest level, then preheat the oven on broil for about 4 minutes as you

Place apple slices on cookie baking tray covered with foil.

Evenly spread the shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Put baking tray on highest rack and watch. You may NOT leave the room during a broil; it goes so quickly from wonderful to overdone that you must watch it.

One way to prepare this is to heat enough to have the cheese melted and you pull them out. The apples are unaffected by the heat because they were shielded by the cheese. When preparing it like this, the cheese flavor dominates.

In a second method, leave apples in a little longer, just so that a few specks of brown toasted spots appear on the cheese coating. This method actually does start to cook the apples – just barely – but now you have a more even pairing of apple flavor with yummier (in my opinion) cheese.

An apple and cheddar cheese.

An apple and cheddar cheese.

Shredded cheese on apple slice.

Shredded cheese on apple slice.

Yum, cheese broiled to melt onto apple!

Yum, cheese broiled to melt onto apple!

2. Feta Corn on the Cob

This is a refreshing change to buttered corn on the cob. Furthermore, it provides protein and calcium instead of mere butter fat.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 min

5 min

8 min

1 serving

Feta Corn on the Cob Instructions


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1 ear of fresh corn

1/2 to 1 ounces of crumbled feta cheese


Remove the leaves and silk from the corn. Either break off the stem or let it remain, as you prefer. Rinse it in cold water, so that water clings to it.

Take a piece of plastic wrap (cling wrap) large enough to totally enclose the corn and wrap it up, including the ends. This creates a container which will steam-cook the corn.

Place the ear of corn in the microwave oven and cook on high as you normally would. Due to varying microwave strengths, I cannot give exact minutes for cooking, but you might start with 3 minutes and increase as needed. When the microwave finishes, allow the ear to rest in the wrap for another 2 minutes. Further cooking occurs during the rest time.

Unwrap the corn and place on a plate.

Sprinkle the cheese on the corn and around it.


Corn sprinkled with water ready to be wrapped in plastic wrap.

Corn sprinkled with water ready to be wrapped in plastic wrap.

Feta cheese.

Feta cheese.

Corn on the cob with feta cheese.

Corn on the cob with feta cheese.

3. Schmierkase with Apple Butter

I encountered this treat in eastern Pennsylvania. It is healthy and easy to make. The word "schmierkase" can mean cottage cheese or a soured-up version of it, but I always make it with traditional grocery store cottage cheese. You can use as this dish as a breakfast, a side dish or a dessert, or a nutritious bedtime snack.

Schmierkase and Apple Butter Instructions

For each serving, put into a small bowl:

2/3 cup small curd cottage cheese

1/2 cup apple butter

I put the cottage cheese in first and then place a dollop of apple butter on top. Leave the option of stirring or mixing the two together to each individual, according to his or her preference. This takes a mere minute to prepare!

Small curd cottage cheese

Small curd cottage cheese

Cottage cheese and apple butter

Cottage cheese and apple butter

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.


Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on August 24, 2014:

Thanks, tirelesstraveler. They are also pretty simple to make.

Judy Specht from California on August 20, 2014:

Tasty looking treats. Great ideas.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2014:

Dirt Farmer, thanks! Corn with feta is so good that you will want to lick your plate to make sure none escapes!

Jill Spencer from United States on July 29, 2014:

Corn and feta sounds like a tasty combination! Wouldn't have thought of that on my own.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on July 22, 2014:

Alicia C., thanks. they are yummy.

pstraubie48, With only 2 ingredients, they are also easy to make for everyone!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 22, 2014:

So glad to find daughter is gluten free now. Will share with her. And I will hive them a try as well. Thanks for these yummy looking dishes

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 20, 2014:

These sound like tasty snacks even for someone who isn't gluten intolerant! Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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