Ultimate cheese roll competition

The competition will be hot, the talent will be tasty: the New Zealand International Science Fair is seeking the ulitmate southern cheese roll.

The word southern is redundant because cheese rolls are a peculiar to the south of the south where they feature in cafes and tea rooms and are also made bulk by community groups for fund raisers.

Recipes vary – some use evaporated milk, some have egg, some add onion and/or mustard.

But whichever way you make them they’re easy to make, freeze well and taste great by themselves or with soup.

I use my mother’s recipe:

2 lb/250g grated cheese           1 egg 

3/4 cup milk                              1 medium grated onion

 grainy mustard             thin sliced bread

Optional: frozen corn.

Beat egg then add cheese, milk and onion.

Cook in double boiler, stirring til thickens (or cook in microwave, stirring often).

Remove from heat and beat well (or put in kitchen whizz).

Add corn if you’re using it.

Cut crusts from bread and spread thinly with mustard.

Spread generously with cheese mixture

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Roll bread:

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Place on baking tray and cook for about 5 minutes until bread is toasted golden but not brown.

If you’re not going to eat them in the next day or so, put them uncooked on the baking tray, freeze and bag.

Mum’s recipe used tasty cheese and white bread. I prefer wholemeal bread and a mixure of edam and parmesan which has the flavour but lower fat.

The ODT has investigated cheese rolls and gives a couple of recipes, and a video which shows how to make them.

5 Responses to Ultimate cheese roll competition

  1. Gravedodger says:

    When I first saw your heading I assumed it was going to be an equivalent of that mad dash down a steep grassy hill in UK that results in serious injuries and a chance to be a king for a day.
    Baldwin street would be a good venue or maybe Treble cone in late July. “Mainland” for sponsor? ‘Speights and Meridian this could swamp the “undie 500”, I see a goldmine here, come in Robert Judkins.


  2. homepaddock says:

    It’s not too late for a career in event management and promotion, GD.


  3. Gravedodger says:

    My focus had moved to being an ideas person and primarily a user and enjoyer of the efforts of others. If I get to the top of Treble Cone it will be to enjoy the view and then make a rapid and hopefully safe descent. Basically selfish I know.


  4. Richard says:

    Corn: no no. Onions: yes yes.- Spot or two of Tobasco, but not for school fund raising functions. Most comfort food can be bastardized. Picked up a Tegal “butter chicken” wrap, in of all places, Oamaru, as I passed through this week- will stick to cheese roles – with onion


  5. Mark D says:

    I was just reminiscing about cheese rolls the other day from my time in Invercargill. Trying to remember the recipe and thinking we should make a big batch and freeze them because they were great to have in the freezer and pull out for a quick snack or light meal. So thanks for the reminder and the recipe – I can see this being tried quite soon.


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