Weddings can certainly be a bit cheesy—and if you and your fiancé are big fans of it, you'll love all the ways you can serve cheese on your wedding day. From bar snacks and desserts to appetizers and mains, there's no limit to the number of ways you can celebrate cheese and your nuptials at the same time. And if you can't fit cheese on the menu at your reception (though it's unlikely), try one of these delicious, ooey-gooey cheese dishes at home!
A Decked-Out Cheeseplate
Who doesn't love a cheese board? It's got everything you could want: cheeses of all varieties, premium cured meats, sweet spreads, and hearty crostini and crackers. This is a great option if you're going with a cocktail hour before the main reception, because a cheese plate goes perfectly with wine. If you're drooling at the thought, try your hand a the ultimate cheeseboard at home.
Feta and Watermelon Salad
Cheese doesn't have to be heavy. In this dish—which is perfect for a first course—the light watermelon balances the feta's creaminess. You can also make this salad with ricotta salata for a similar flavor. Sliced almonds give it a bite of saltiness to cut the sweetness of the watermelon.
Fig and Goat Cheese Salad
Fruit-and-cheese salads are a staple in many arenas, but with a wedding, you want your guests to be just as impressed as they are satisfied with their meals. Switch things up with this figs and goat cheese. Hot honey and marcona almonds add layers of flavor. The best part? This won't weigh you down in case you want to hit the dance floor between the first and second course!
Wild Rice Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Fig jam
These two-bite hors d'oeuvres marry salty with sweet and chewy with creamy. The pancake is the perfect vehicle for goat cheese and fig jam, a classic flavor combination you might find on a cheese board. It's not every day that you see wild rice served like this, but it's a great way to surprise your guests with a bit of tangy cheese.
Mini Neapolitan Pizzas
What's better than pizza at a wedding? Mini pizza at a wedding—in personalized mini boxes! These are delicate, with a crunchy crust, gooey dab of mozzarella, and teensy sprig of basil. You can eat as many as you want and still have room for more!
...Or Full-Sized Slices
Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth in to a crunch crust for that perfect cheese-pull. Still not convinced? One BRIDES editor ordered pizza at her wedding and says, "I don't think I've ever seen a happier group of people." Set aside some last-minute, late-night pizza money in case the stragglers at the end of the reception (including you and your new spouse) get hungry. Even a plain cheese pizza will be a big hit with any group that's worked up an appetite on the dance floor.
Cheesy Tomato-Basil Pasta
Everyone will be choosing the vegetarian option when they find out this is on the wedding reception menu! Creamy caprese pasta is packed with rich tomato flavor, herby basil and mint, and of course, tons of mozzarella cheese.
If you'd rather something in a single bite, try these oil-brushed crostini with tomato compote, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and a single basil leaf. It's an elevated but super-tasty way to get your caprese on!
As appetizers go, meatballs are more commonly served the sweet-and-sour way, with a spicy, sticky glaze. But marinara sauce is a big crowd-pleaser, and when it's got tender meatballs on top, you'll have an excuse to get grated cheese involved. If you really want to get gooey, talk to your caterer about stuffing the meatballs with mozzarella cheese.
All the ingredients of your favorite flavor combo are here: a cherry tomato and a mini ball of mozzarella sit on a bed of arugula leaves. They're wedged into a little canoe with a tiny fork for easy eating.
Mini Grilled Cheese
A pop-able bite of cheese and buttered bread is pretty much what dreams are made of. Add to that a slice of ripe tomato and you'll wonder how anyone ever celebrated a wedding without teeny grilled cheese sandwiches.
Beer, Cheese, and Pretzel Station
This should solve any concerns you might have about cocktail hour. With a pretzel bar, your guests will get noshes and food all in one place. This trio goes perfectly together: dip beer pretzels in beer cheese and chase it down with a refreshing swig of beer.
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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
If you're going to serve ice cream at your wedding—which is a totally non-traditional, totally awesome choice—you might as well go for the premium stuff right? This flavor adds a punch of blueberry to classic cheesecake bits, which is certainly one of the sweetest ways to get cheesey with your reception fare. If you're dying to make it at home, here's the recipe. Hint: it's no-churn, so no ice cream maker necessary.