Seeking winter joy?  As the drifts build up and the sidewalks ice over, you’ll find the perfect antidote in southern Wisconsin’s Green County. 

Instead of layers of fleece, the odds are stacked in your favor with layers of cheese.  And nothing says “comfort food” better than a dish featuring melty cheese.  Here are five to try in Monroe, New Glarus, and Brodhead.

First up:  Fondue.  An authentic Swiss classic.  Since fondue hearkens to the Alps of Switzerland back in the 1800’s, we reckon this melty favorite is a dish has been yodeled about enthusiastically since that time.  Try it at the Chalet Landhaus in New Glarus and pair it up with Spotted Cow.

#2 – Mac-n-Cheese.  The chef at Tofflers Pub and Grill in New Glarus offers up bold flavor combos for grown-ups – like Buffalo Mac with blue cheese crumbles.

#3 –  Buggyworks Pub and Grill in Monroe creates their signature Wisconsin Macaroni and Cheese with a melty tri-fecta of locally crafted favorites:  Baby Swiss, Grand Cru, and Cheddar.

#4 – Grilled cheese, but not just any grilled cheese.  The Three Mouseketeer.  It’s an epic creation of toasty goodness – Havarti, Cheddar, Monterey Jack.   Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, special sauce optional.  Watch and yearn as it sizzles on the grill behind the cheese counter at Decatur Dairy Cheese Store near Brodhead, where they like to say that “curd is the word.”

And finally #5 – Swiss Cheese Pie.  Savory.  Buttery.  Cheesy.  It starts with homemade crust rolled into a pie pan, filled with beaten eggs, grated Swiss cheese, and a scattering of minced onion.  It’s on the list of featured Swiss specialties at Turner Hall of Monroe.

So there you have it – some cheesy ways to melt away the season.  #winterjoy in southern Wisconsin’s Green County.