The cheesiest cheese-based recipes to celebrate Valentine’s Day the cheesiest way possible

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Face it: Valentine's Day is a ridiculously cheesy holiday. All the red and pink dyed desserts and heart-shaped foods and boxes of chocolate covered in cringe-worthy romantic quotes can be too tacky to tolerate, whether you're into celebrating the holiday with someone special or are trying to avoid February 14 at all costs. 

This year, embrace the cheesiness — with cheese, of course. Gather your loved ones or celebrate solo with cheesy Valentine's Day recipes that honor what this day is really about: Cheesiness. 

Breakfast mac and cheese

Breakfast mac and cheeseSource: i am a food blog
Breakfast mac and cheese  i am a food blog

How cheesy is breakfast in bed? So cheesy. Just the smell of this baked egg mac and cheese will make your beloved start drooling on the pillow. Get the recipe here

Brie and butter grits with honey and raspberry compote

Brie and butter gritsSource: food52
Brie and butter grits  food52

Up your regular oatmeal game with these fancy grits that are easy to make and look super Valentine's Day-ready. Get the recipe here

Date night mushroom pasta with goat cheese

Date night mushroom pasta with goat cheeseSource: Pinch of Yum
Date night mushroom pasta with goat cheese  Pinch of Yum

There's something seriously romantic about gooey, sweet goat cheese. Whip up this pasta for a low-key at home date night that's just cheesy enough to eat by candlelight with a cheesy romantic playlist. Get the recipe here

Caramelized balsamic goat cheese pasta

Caramelized balsamic goat cheese pastaSource: Half Baked Harvest
Caramelized balsamic goat cheese pasta  Half Baked Harvest

Speaking of sexy goat cheese, this cheesy pasta dish has romance pretty much spilled all over it. Get the recipe here

Brown butter scallops with parmesan risotto

Risotto is sexy. And this parmesan coated risotto recipe topped with seared scallops is pretty much designed for a Valentine's Day date at home. Get the recipe here

Four cheese spaghetti

Four cheese spaghettiSource: Damn Delicious
Four cheese spaghetti  Damn Delicious

If you're planning to eat spaghetti Lady and the Tramp style this Valentine's Day, that pasta better be coated in cheese. Get the recipe here

Caprese mac and cheese

Caprese mac and cheeseSource: Damn Delicious
Caprese mac and cheese  Damn Delicious

Fact: The more mac and cheese a couple eats together the stronger their relationship will be. Test the theory with this cheesy salad-inspired pasta dish. Get the recipe here

Blistered shishito and burrata bread salad

Blistered shishito and burrata bread saladSource: i am a food blog
Blistered shishito and burrata bread salad  i am a food blog

Not only is burrata inarguably the most beloved cheese, but this easy-to-make and arguably healthy salad looks like restaurant food —a major bonus for any cheesy date. Get the recipe here

Cheese puffs

Cheese puffsSource: A Beautiful Mess
Cheese puffs  A Beautiful Mess

Pop these little bites of cheesy happiness into your lover's mouth all day long. Get the recipe here

Camembert and calvados

Camembert and calvadosSource: food52
Camembert and calvados  food52

This recipe, or plated arrangement, takes zero cooking skill and is super romantic to eat with your hands, preferably with a soundtrack of French music playing in the background. Get the recipe here

Strawberry bruschetta grilled cheese

If just looking at this sweet and gooey sandwich turns you on, you know you need to make it for a cheesy Valentine's Day. Get the recipe here

Blue cheese polenta with prosciutto, apple and pearl onions

Blue cheese polentaSource: My Name is Yeh
Blue cheese polenta  My Name is Yeh

There's something oh so comforting about a bowl of polenta on a cold February day — exactly the type of cheesy meal you want to cook up in cuddling weather. Cozy up with a bowl and a blanket and your Valentine's Day date(s) with this blue cheese polenta. Get the recipe here

Classic cheese fondue

Cheese fondueSource: Well Plated
Cheese fondue  Well Plated

Dim the lights and warm the fondue pot for a romantically cheesy date that's just as delicious as it is melty. Get the recipe here

Quinoa mac and cheese

Quinoa mac and cheeseSource: Borden Cheese
Quinoa mac and cheese  Borden Cheese

If you want a cheesy recipe that's not totally unhealthy, go for this quinoa mac that will leave you feeling good after you most certainly eat too much. Get the recipe here

Creme brûlée cheesecake strawberries

Creme brûlée cheesecake strawberries Source: The Gunny Sack
Creme brûlée cheesecake strawberries  The Gunny Sack

If cheese isn't part of your Valentine's Day dessert, you're doing it wrong. These cheesecake-filled strawberries are burnt on top to replicate a dish of creme brûlée. Get the recipe here.