Going off to college is a new and exciting adventure; however, eating three meals a day in the dining hall can get old fast! Get creative with these five Wisconsin cheese dorm room cooking hacks and add some excitement into your daily routine.
Game Day Nachos
No plans for this week’s game? Invite your floor mates over to cheer on your team and enjoy some game day nachos straight from your microwave.
1 13-ounce bag tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups Wisconsin colby jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup jalapeño slices, canned or fresh
1/2 cup white onion, diced
1/2 tomato, diced
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup sour cream, optional
Sauce or salsa of your choice
Spread layer of chips on a plate. Cover with layer of cheese, jalapeños, onion, tomato and beans. Repeat layering process until reaching desired amount of nachos. Heat in microwave 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Garnish with sour cream, if desired. Serve with your choice of dipping sauces. We recommend guacamole, salsa or hot sauce.
Grabbing a Pop-Tart® on your way out the door every day might be convenient, but this Wisconsin cheddar-filled mug omelet will make breakfast so much more delicious.
3 tablespoons Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons deli ham, diced
2 tablespoons green bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons tomato, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Generously spray large microwave-safe mug with cooking spray. Crack two large eggs into mug. Using fork. Whisk eggs. Add cheese, ham, bell pepper and tomatoes to eggs and mix. Microwave 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 20 seconds or until egg is set. Season with salt and pepper, if desired
Mini Microwave Pizza
Spending long nights in the library cramming for midterms is exhausting. Replenish your brain power with a late night mini pizza.
1 plain bagel, or 2 bread slices
1 1/2 tablespoons store-bought marinara sauce
2 tablespoons Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pizza Toppings of your choice
Split and toast bagel or bread. Evenly spread marinara sauce over cut surfaces of bagel (or 1 side of bread slices). Top with cheese. Add desired toppings, if desired. Microwave 1 minute, or until cheese is melted.
Dorm Room Grilled Cheese
Need to grab a quick lunch in between classes? Try this deluxe grilled cheese made using (yes!) a clothes iron.
3 slices cooked, packaged bacon slices
2 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese
3 slices avocado
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (optional)
Butter each bread slice on 1 side. Place bread slices, butter-side-down, on plate. Place 2 slices cheese, the bacon, avocado, tomato and Sriracha sauce, if using, on 1 bread slice. Top with remaining 2 cheese slices. Place remaining bread slice over, butter-side-up. Wrap sandwich in foil, closing tightly and securely. Place sandwich on heat-proof counter or plate, and press with preheated hot iron until heated through and cheese melts.
No-Bake Butter Pecan Mini Cheesecakes
Finals get the best of us all at one point or another. Wind down and relieve stress by making yourself a sweet treat.
10 speculoos (spiced shortcrust biscuit) cookies or pecan shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons butter, melted in microwave
3/4 cup store-bought candied pecans, plus additional for garnish
1 can aerosol whipped cream
1 cup (about 8 ounces) Wisconsin mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup prepared caramel sauce, plus additional for garnish
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place cookies, butter and 3/4 cup pecans in large plastic bag. Beat with can of soup or hammer to combine until small crumbs form. Divide between 6 small jars or dessert bowls. Set aside. In large bowl, mix mascarpone, 1/4 cup caramel sauce and vanilla extract. Add whipped cream to mixture and combine until evenly mixed and no white streaks of whipped cream remain. Divide evenly over cookie crumbs in serving dishes. Refrigerate 2 hours, or up to 24 hours. Before serving, top with additional whipped cream, caramel sauce and chopped pecans.