There are few things better than biting into a pizza and tasting the gooey delight of melted cheese or slicing a grilled cheese sandwich and pulling it apart while watching that incredibly satisfying cheese pull. However, these things only happen if you have the right cheese. If you happen to make a mistake while selecting which cheese to use, you will end up disappointed as not all cheeses are capable of turning into a mouth-watering melt. These are the five best kinds of cheese to get that melt.
Let’s start with the pizza’s favorite cheese—mozzarella. It’s notorious for its high level of moisture and softness, which is why it has a lower melting point and is able to melt in the stringy way we all love.
Cheddar is one of the best melting cheeses, but only the young variant. As cheddar gets older, it loses its moisture and obtains acidity, which takes away from its ability to melt well.
Pro tip: Grate the cheddar before melting it. You’ll be amazed by the result.
Gruyere is a hard cheese in its original state but it acquires a smooth and gooey texture when exposed to heat. This makes it a preferable choice for cheese fondue. This Swiss cheese is also famous for its rich, creamy, and nutty flavor that only gets intensified during melting.
Emmental is a semi-hard cheese that also comes from Switzerland and it is characterized by an aromatic and sweet flavor. But more importantly, it melts wonderfully thanks to its pH level.
If you like simpler cheese and are looking for something that tastes great and melts well, American cheese is a great choice.