Originating in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset around the late 12th century, it took its name from the Gorge or caves that were used to store the cheese.
It’s an integral part of the British diet and is used in a huge variety of ways and dishes. Here, Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Award winner James Newton shares his suggestions for getting creative with Cheddar…
1. Cheddar Cheese Double Baked Soufflé – Making a savoury double baked soufflé is a lot less stressful than a classic sweet soufflé, and can be kept refrigerated for 2/3 days before the second bake.
2. Cauliflower Cheese Gratin – Everyone loves cauliflower cheese, and the great flavour of Country Range Mature Cheddar is ideal for this. Don’t forget to gratinate it under the grill, to get a caramelised finish!
3. Cheese and Marjoram Loaf – A basic bloomer loaf with the addition of some freshly chopped marjoram and some Cheddar on the top adds great flavour to an everyday sandwich.
4. Rosemary and Cheddar Breadcrumb – Adding finely grated Cheddar and rosemary to a breadcrumb mix is a fantastic accompaniment to a fish such as plaice or lemon sole.
5. Welsh Rarebit – Cheese on toast is always a winner, so adding some classic Welsh rarebit to toasted sourdough and some smoked bacon rashers, gives a different twist on this.
About James Newton
He says: “Becoming a chef has enabled me to become more confident in my abilities, and to express myself through food, winning the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards has developed this further. I believe in keeping dishes simple and allowing great quality ingredients to speak for themselves.”