When you think of your favourite cheese — what comes to mind? Is it feta? Cream cheese? Or a classic cheddar? A recent study from Betway revealed Canadians favourite cheeses based on country-wide Google trends search volume. From coast to coast, Canadians have been scoping out the best recipes to make with their most beloved cheeses. While you might be used to quick and easy recipes like mac & cheese, we’re here to help you step your game up with 10 deliciously trendy dishes that include your favourite cheeses.
The data analyzed is from Google Trends and is based on search volume data from January to December 2023. All data is correct as of January 2024.
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To no one’s surprise, cream cheese ranked the highest for most search traffic on Google trends. This creamy delight is so incredibly versatile in it’s usage. From sauces to cheesecakes, we are big fans of cream cheese. Our recipe for Korean cream cheese garlic bread is the perfect way to enjoy this delicious treat.
Ricotta is one of those cheeses that can do basically anything. Whether you enjoy ricotta atop of soup, in a lasagna or on its own with some honey — this mild cheese is one of Canada’s favourites. This recipe calls for a delicious ricotta filling that embraces rich herbaceous flavours for a well-balanced meal.
If you love pizza, burgers, pasta and grilled cheese — we can only assume you’re a big fan of mozzarella too. This stretchy white cheese is a staple across much of Europe and the world over. Mozzarella’s mild yet nutty flavour make for a perfect addition to this air fryer mozzarella sticks recipe.
Rich, tangy, sharp and complex — this sophisticated cheese from Italy is a kitchen essential Canadians can’t live without. Like most cheeses on this list, Parmesan is incredibly versatile. We love this mashup of our two favourite lunch dishes: chicken burgers and Caesar salad — as it masterfully showcases Parmesan in a new and fun way.
You better brie-lieve that Brie made this list. Canadians love the rich, creamy flavour of this classic French cheese. Typically paired with dried fruit, herbs and crackers — this cheese is the ideal pairing to any flavourful dish. Take these puff pastries for example — rich, fruity and teeming with flavour; definitely a must-try.
Camembert (not to be confused with brie) is a delicious, creamy yet bold cheese with tons of versatility. Typically served charcuterie style, we love how this gooey delight can be used in grilled cheese sandwiches, tarts and these cranberry and pomegranate bites.
Slightly salty and mildly pungent — Gruyere is a cheese you won’t want to miss. This alpine cheese is loved by Canadians, especially in the winter. The delicious nutty flavour evokes warm, cozy energy — something we need in a Canadian winter. This prosciutto and Gruyere croissant bake is the perfect way to take this cheese and elevate it to new heights.
If we could sum up feta into one word it would be perfect. This Greek cheese is so incredibly delicious we can’t stop baking, air frying or whipping it. The salty flavour makes for an ideal match with any fruity salad or a much needed spark of flavour in rice, like this traditional spanakorizo recipe.
Sharp cheddar is one of those cheeses that will always be around when you need it most. Whether you’re making sandwiches, soups or even popcorn — cheddar cheese offers that perfect kick to amp up any meal. Speaking of amp up, that’s exactly what this jalapeno potato popper does. Infused with spicy and cheesy flavours, it’s the ideal dish for game night or a cold winter’s day.
Last to make this list is good ole’ American cheese. An unexpected inclusion, but we understand why. American cheese has truly been a staple in all North American diners since it’s release in the 1910’s. American cheese has the most stretch potential making it perfect for recipes like these grilled cheese croutons.