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Gluten Free Side Dish Recipes Using Cheese

Updated on July 21, 2014
The finished cheese melted over thin apple slices - gluten free!
The finished cheese melted over thin apple slices - gluten free! | Source

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. | Source
Shredded cheese on apple slice.
Shredded cheese on apple slice. | Source
Yum, cheese broiled to melt onto apple!
Yum, cheese broiled to melt onto apple! | Source
Cast your vote for Feta Corn on the Cob

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 time: 3 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 1 serving

Feta Corn on the Cob Instructions


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. | Source
Feta cheese.
Feta cheese. | Source
Corn on the cob with feta cheese.
Corn on the cob with feta cheese. | Source

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 | Source
Cottage cheese and apple butter
Cottage cheese and apple butter | Source

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.


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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

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

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      Tasty looking treats. Great ideas.

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

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

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

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

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Alicia C., thanks. they are yummy.

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

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      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

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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


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