Are you looking for Baby bell cheese recipes for your family to enjoy? I find that I always have this little round cheese floating around in my refrigerator, but I often only eat it as a snack because I don’t know what recipes to use them in. Recently, I had quite a few of these cheeses, so I looked into Babybel cheese recipes that don’t take a lot of effort to make.
Babybell is a very recognizable cheese because it has a red wax coating that is designed to protect the cheese. This red wrapped cheese is designed to be eaten right out of the pack. It is a semi-hard cheese that is made from pasteurized cow’s milk, and there is even mini Babybell cheese that is purchased in a red net, which makes it very noticeable.
Babybel Cheese Flavors
Of course, we are all familiar with the original Babybel cheese with the red wax, but over the years the company has manufactured more flavors so that you can have more variety in your cheese. Some of the flavors that are currently available from Babybel include:
- Original – This is a type of cheese called Edam that originates in the Netherlands. Named after a town in Northern Holland, this is a type of cheese that ages well. This is the variation that comes in the well-known red wax and wrapping.
- Light – This is a lighter version of the same Edam cheese as the original. The difference is that this cheese is made with less cream, so it is lower in calories and a better option for individuals who are watching what they eat. The wax and the wrapping are blue on this variation.
- White Cheddar – As a relatively hard type of cheese, the white cheddar variety is an excellent option for macaroni and cheese or a simple snack. The wax and the wrapping on the white cheddar Babybel is black.
- Original Sharp – This is a sharper variation of the original version, and it is wrapped in purple.
- Gouda – Wrapped in brown, this mild flavored cheese is perfect to pair with burgers or other sandwiches.
- Mozzarella – Mozzarella is a cheese that is a bit softer than the rest of the Babybel cheese options. It is great for pasta dishes, and it comes in green wax and wrapping.
- Swiss – This mild, semi-hard cheese comes wrapped in yellow. It makes a great snack, but it is ideal for a sandwich.
Babybel cheese is an excellent snack for children under two to enjoy because it is small enough for their little hands to hold and soft enough for them to simply bite into the cheese. You can even cut the mini Babybel’s into smaller portions for your little one to enjoy. As your baby grows, they will still enjoy this cheese snack, but they may enjoy it in other forms as well.
A Great Snack
Of course, cheese is a great snack that is healthy for you, but you don’t always want just a wheel of cheese to nibble on like a mouse. That being said, here are some snacks that you can make with this type of cheese:
I love mozzarella sticks, and this recipe is a great new take on the dish. You can use the classic mozzarella cheese, but if you want to use another variation, it will taste just as delicious. For this recipe, you will need:
- 16 Babybel cheese rounds
- ½ of a cup of flour
- ½ of a teaspoon of salt
- ½ of a teaspoon of pepper
- Two large beaten eggs
- ½ of a cup of panko (plain breadcrumbs work as well)
- One cup of vegetable oil
Start by setting up three dipping stations. The first will be the flour, the salt, and the pepper. The second one will be the beaten eggs, and the third will be the breadcrumbs. If you want to add herbs to the breadcrumbs, you can give it an Italian flavor that will go great with marinara sauce.
Unwrap the cheese, and heat the oil to about 360 degrees. While the oil is heating, dip the cheese in each of your dipping stations sequentially until the cheese is coated evenly. When the oil is heated, add the cheese. Turn the cheese often; it will be done when both sides are golden brown. Remove the fried cheese from the oil, and serve with marinara sauce.
If you are looking for a more complex snack, try making this cheese fondue. The ingredients for this recipe include:
- Two cloves of garlic (cut in half)
- ½ of a cup of Belgian beer
- Two cups of white wine (dry works best for this recipe)
- Three tablespoons of cornstarch
- One pound of grated gruyere cheese
- One pound of grated original Babybel cheese
- Two tablespoons of bourbon
- ¼ of a teaspoon of baking soda
- One tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Salt to taste
Rub the inside of a large saucepan with the freshly cut garlic. Then, grate the two cloves into the pan. Add in the beer and the wine before bringing the pot to a boil. Whisk in the cornstarch until there are no lumps in the sauce, then bring to a boil. When the sauce starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer it on low while slowly adding in the cheeses. Make sure to stir the sauce as the cheese is added. In another bowl, combine the bourbon and the baking soda, and then combine it with the sauce. Season the sauce with the lemon juice and salt, and serve it with some crusty or toasted bread.
Babybel Cheese Recipes
If you are looking for recipes that use Babybel cheese that you can make for a meal, then one of my favorite dishes is stuffed meatballs with spaghetti.
Stuffed Meatballs with Spaghetti
For this recipe, you will need:
- One pound of ground beef (a meatloaf mixture will work well for this recipe if you prefer)
- ¾ of a cup of diced onions
- Three cloves of minced garlic
- ½ of a cup of breadcrumbs
- ½ of a cup of shredded parmesan cheese (plus plenty to sprinkle on top of the dish)
- One teaspoon of red chili flakes (if you want to avoid the spice, skip this ingredient)
- One egg
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Five Babybel mozzarella cheese wheels
- Marinara sauce
To start, you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, and then spray the foil with cooking spray so that the meatballs do not stick to the foil. In a large bowl, combine the onions, the garlic, the breadcrumbs, the parmesan cheese, the chili flakes, the salt, and the pepper.
Add the ground beef and the egg to the bowl, mixing well. Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a small ball. Make an indentation in the center of the ball with your thumb, and fill the indentation with ¼ of a cheese round. Seal the meat around the cheese, and place it on the prepared baking tray. Bake for about 20 minutes.
In the meantime, boils some water. Once the water comes to a boil, add the dried spaghetti and allow it to boil for about eight to 10 minutes. When it is cooked (I like my pasta al dente), drain the pasta and toss it in a bit of olive oil or marinara sauce. When the meatballs are cooked, top with marinara sauce, and serve them on top of the spaghetti that you just prepared. Don’t forget to garnish it with parmesan cheese and enjoy it with a slice of garlic bread.
Inside Out Burgers and Cheesy Potato Poppers
Another meal that my family loves is a two-part meal, but I always make the burgers and the potato poppers together because they are both so delicious. It is also a straightforward meal to make, so you will not spend hours cooking after a long day.
For the burgers, take a portion of meat that you want for your burger. For a good, thick burger, you will want about a quarter of a pound of beef. Form the burger patty around a mini Babybel; I like to use original, but sharp cheddar or other flavors will go great with a burger.
When the patty is formed, make sure to press the meat tightly together so that the cheese does not ooze out during the cooking process. Heat oil in a frying pan, and add salt to the burgers. Cook the burger until it is brown on both sides, and the cheese in the middle is melted. Serve the burger on a bun with any topping that you’d like.
For the potato poppers, you will need:
- Four mini Babybel cheese wheels (I prefer sharp cheddar, but any flavor will work)
- Two large red onions
- About half of a cup of mashed potatoes
- Two tablespoons of basil pesto
- Two eggs
- ½ of a cup of flour
- ½ of a cup of breadcrumbs (I use panko)
- Vegetable oil for frying
Start by cutting the onions into large rings like you would if you were making onion rings. Separate the onions. In a separate bowl combine the pesto and the potatoes. Fill each onion ring with about a tablespoon of the potato mixture, then place a mini cheese wheel on the potatoes, and cover the cheese with more of the potato mixture.
Freeze the poppers for about 25 to 30 minutes. In the meantime, heat the oil, and prepare the flour, the eggs, and the breadcrumbs to coat the poppers. Dip the poppers in the flour, then the beaten eggs, then the breadcrumbs before frying them in the oil for about three minutes per side.
If you like Babybel cheese, then hopefully some of the Babybel cheese recipes that I have included above sound appealing to you. The cheese can be grated, cut into chunks, or eaten whole, so any meal that you want to enjoy with cheese can be enjoyed with a Babybel round. What are some of your favorite recipes that use Babybel cheese?