Tasty Cheese Recipes

Have you any left over cheese from Christmas? Why not try these tasty recipes.

Potted Cheddar & Port

300g Dragon mature cheddar cubed or grated
75g Dragon butter
50ml port
10ml brandy
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch cayenne
Pinch nutmeg

  1. Using a food processor chop cheese, butter, herbs and spices
  2. Drizzle in port and process until you have a smooth paste
  3. Pot into small bowls or ramekins and chill for at least 2-3 hours
  4. Delicious spread on crackers for a snack or starter, perfect melted over turkey on a Panini with cranberry sauce
  5. Keep refrigerated and use within a week

Cheddar and Black Pepper Straws

150g plain flour
¼ teaspoon mustard powder
pinch of sea salt
100g chilled Dragon butter, cubed
150g Dragon mature cheddar, coarsely grated
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
1 egg yolk
1-2 lightly oiled baking trays
Preheat the oven to 190ºC/Gas 5.

  1. Sift the flour, mustard powder and salt into a bowl. Cut in the butter and rub together with your fingertips as if you were making pastry. Add the cheddar and pepper and rub in thoroughly.
  2. Beat the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water and add just enough of this mixture to the flour to enable you to pull it together into dough. (Steps 1 and 2 can be done in food processor)
  3. Shape into a flat disc, wrap in Clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes, then take out and leave to come back to room temperature.
  4. Roll out the dough thinly, and then cut into strips about 30cm long. Lay the strips on the baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Leave on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. Store in airtight tin