Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cheese. Show all posts

Cheese Tomato and Spinach Stuffed Peppers

Spinach is good for you; yes I know that, we all know that but do we eat enough of the green stuff? I can't say I'm a massive fan but recently I've taken to adding it into things like cottage pie and mashed potato or in a pasta sauce.  So now spinach is my thing!

We eat more peppers in this house than you can shake a stick at!  So with Roasted Stuffed Peppers already on my mind for dinner, I had a thought and decided to tuck spinach in among the tomatoes and the not so good for us cheese.  But the spinach will counteract all the fattening cheese right?

Cheese Tomato and Spinach Stuffed Peppers

I served these with pan fried chicken which I'd coated with smoked paprika for a lovely colour and slightly smoky taste.

Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March - June) and as I say it's well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with amazing abilities to give us energy, increase vitality and even improves the quality of the blood.

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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

I love reading menus; I can't for the life of me read a book of any description, unless of course it has something to do with food.  I can sit and read cookery books and menus all day long.  Oh and maps! Yes maps, I LOVE reading maps.  Possibly I could be the next brain of Britain when it comes to knowing where most places are; very bothering I know 😹

Anyway, never mind all that!  The other week I went out for lunch with some good friends to the Novello Lounge in Southwater, Telford and the menu had so many delicious sounding dishes to choose from so we all took a while to decide what to have......

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

But then I spied with my little eye; Chicken & Chorizo Panini with with red peppers, spinach and pimento soft cheese and that's just my kind of thing.  Yes, yes, I know it's probably not the healthiest thing to eat but hey ho it sounded good!

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Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese - Giveaway

Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano cheese, two very traditional and well known Italian products that have been awarded with the PDO logo.

I absolutely love Grana Padano cheese and use it a lot, it's very similar to Parmigiano Reggiano or 'Parmesan' so can be used in a wide range of recipes.

Prosciutto di San Daniele is the best, it's totally delicious; Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham that's usually thinly sliced and melts in your mouth.

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese

Both have been recognised by the European Union as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products since 1996. In order to achieve PDO status, products must respect the strict Production Specifications.
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Ricotta and Basil Balls - Philips AirFryer

Philips recently set me and a few other bloggers a challenge which is to swap a weekly takeaway meal every week for a month and to join in the #AirFryerTakeIn.  So the AirFryer arrived last week along with a fantastic selection of recipe cards for inspiration and Ricotta and Basil Balls just had to be made pretty much immediately - we do LOVE cheese!

Ricotta and Basil AirFryer

Now we all know that fried food tastes good but we also know it really isn't good for us!  But that's where the AirFryer comes to the rescue making fast, tasty fried food without using the traditional frying method of frying.  I think you'll agree these Ricotta and Basil balls look like they were fried but they wasn't.  The Philips AirFryer cuts the calories by using very little oil but give the appearance of fried food.  Here's a guide to the best air-fryers out there.

So go on then; how does it work? 
The AirFryer uses Rapid Air technology.  A unique patented combination of high-speed air circulation, with a top grill.  The Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food.  Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

It's Healthy
When you air fry French fries, the fries prepared contain up to 80% less fat compared to fries prepared in a deep-fat fryer. When you prepare homemade French fries, the fat percentage can be as low as 1.5%.

It's Fast 
With the Airfryer, you can easily prepare your favorite foods in a fast way and 300g French fries can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes.  The timer will switch off the AirFryer automatically after the set preparation time.  You can start hot air frying in a cold appliance.

Okay lets get back to the Ricotta and Basil Balls - Oh my goodness they were delicious!

AirFryer Ricotta

The recipe card said the mixture would make 20 balls but I wanted bigger balls!  So I made only 10 balls in total which means they are double the calories to what the card said and worked out at just 80 calories each.  But compared to the fried version is a massive saving of 58 calories (on average) per Ricotta and Basil ball.

What else have I cooked so far?
I'm having a great time trying out various recipes and so far I've cooked Pizza, Bacon, Chips, Thai Fishcakes and even a Jacket Potato.  Now it has to be said I had my doubts as to whether the AirFryer could cook a jacket potato but it did. Okay the potato was quite small but enough for lunch but the AirFryer can cook 4 potatoes of this size in the same time which was 25 minutes.  Perfect as a side dish.

The potato had a lovely crispy skin and was nice and fluffy inside.  I took the potato out and mixed with a little salt and grated cheese then popped it back in the AirFryer for another minute so the cheese bubbled nicely.

AirFryer Potato

After several attempts to get a decent photo of the AirFryer I gave up - it's so lovely and shiny black that all you could see was the reflection of me and my kitchen which is never going to be a good look.  So this photo has been supplied by Philips.

AirFryer Philips

The basket is enough to cook a decent amount of chips enough for 4 people.  It doesn't come with a Grill Pan only the basket; but I'm loving the AirFryer so much I bought the Grill Pan from Philips via Amazon and it arrived the next day.
It has to be said the grill pan is a marvelous accessory and to be honest in my opinion I say it is necessary in order to cook things like the Ricotta Balls or the Thai Fishcakes.  Why - because it's non-stick and my fishcakes did stick to the wire of the basket and made it pesty to clean up.

Of course the supplied wire basket is brilliant for cooking chips and one of the many things I'm loving about the AirFryer compared with another brand of very low or no oil needed fryer, is that with the Philips AirFryer the food isn't stirred around and therefore cooked in the very tiny amount of fat needed since any excess fat (if any) simply drips through the wire basket or the holes in the grill pan accessory if used.  

AirFryer

Anyway this was week 1 of 4 weeks of the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge so I'll be back very soon with the next recipe which I am going to make today; Mini Chorizo Empanadas so be sure to check back for that as they look amazing.

Check out this and more Philips products over the Philips website.

Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive. 
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin with Parmesan

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is at its very best between February and April; the stems are edible too so no throwing them away please!  Easy to prepare and cook, just trim any woody stem ends with a sharp knife and slice though thicker stems so it cooks evenly.  Rinse under cold water then either boil for around 5-7 minutes or steam for around 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of floret.

I prefer to steam broccoli as it keeps its colour and also the vitamins are preserved rather than washing them down the drain after cooking.  Once cooked season with a little sea salt and it is truly delicious with butter a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Brocolli



A bit naughtier but nice way to serve is to make my gratin with garlicky cream topped with crispy crumbs and Parmesan.

Brocolli Gratin

Purple sprouting broccoli can also be used in a quiche and is great in pasta dishes too.  Another  favourite way is to do as Nigel Slater suggests; in a shallow pan, fry a little garlic and torn pancetta in olive oil.  Add the purple sprouting broccoli which will take just 3 or 4 minutes to come to tenderness.  Add a scattering of Parmesan, grated finely, over the top and serve with thickly cut bread and butter.
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Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers - Panasonic CS894S Steam Oven

Having had my Panasonic Steam Combination Oven a few weeks now I've been busy experimenting with the steam function.  Of course it's not necessary to have a steam oven to make this recipe since you could par-boil the potatoes and cook in a regular oven.  But the Panasonic Steam Oven really does make life easier as everything is done in the one oven, so there's far less washing up, which can only be a good thing!


You can read my review of the Panasonic NN-CS894S for more information.

My Cheesy Topped Potatoes and Peppers are tasty enough on their own or served as side dish.
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SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese

SPAM® have a lovely selection of really easy to make recipes that can be made and served in next to no time.  So once you're fed up with eating left overs from that huge Christmas dinner you made, why not have a go at this filling and comforting SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese. 


Of course I'm not saying you have to wait until after Christmas to make this, give it a go tonight; kids and adults alike will love it!
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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambĂ©e looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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Stellar Hard Anodised Bakeware Review - Tangy Tomato and Feta Stuffed Peppers

As we all know good bakeware is essential for good results when cooking.  Stellar’s Professional Hard Anodised Bakeware has even heat distribution with no rusting or flaking and no warping in the oven.  It's also easy to clean and free from PTFE and PFOA.

Having used my roasting tray a good few times now I have to say it's great and an affordable price too selling at just £20.00


As you can see this 32x22x5cm roasting tray is a good size and perfect for roasting vegetables and is available in different sizes.  It's really light in weight and the handles make it really easy to remove from the oven.

Made from an aluminium alloy which provides superior thermal conductivity for even heat distribution, essential for the baking of successful breads and cakes.  The pans are electrochemically-hardened (hard anodised) for unbeatable durability.
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Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe - Perfect Topping for Burgers

Chicken fillet topped with crispy bacon and melted cheese, finished with a good helping of barbecue sauce - homemade of course.  Okay, whilst this isn't the most healthiest of food to eat, it has to be said it is probably very naughty but it is also very nice!  That said the chicken fillet is fine, it's just the bacon and cheese - oh and the sauce that have all the calories....and perhaps the skinny chips, but I'm pretty sure the lettuce makes it all okay?!


This makes quite a bit of sauce - hard to say for how many as it depends on how much sauce you want to pile on your burgers!
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Persian Halloumi Cookalong with Toshiba and Gousto

Recently myself and a few other bloggers were invited by Toshiba and Gousto to take part in the #ToshibaCookalong via Skype. 

To take part we were all sent a box of ingredients from Gousto and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 laptop and very nice it is too, more about that in a minute!
We all had to link up via Skype to cook-along with Gousto's talented Chef, Alice Feaver and follow her recipe for Persian Halloumi.
 

It's a shame I didn't get any pictures of the actual cookalong (apart from one I shared via FaceBook and Twitter) as I was too busy worrying about how it would go since I'd never taken part in a cookalong before!

All set with the Toshiba laptop and ingredients at the ready when 6pm came we were off.  The cookalong was great fun despite a couple of us loosing connection at one point.  But with the recipe to hand I carried on regardless and hoped for the best.  Once the connection back up and running I had pretty much managed to keep up with everyone apart from my onions; yes my onions could have done with being cooked a little longer to caramelise but hey ho the finished dish not only looked good but it tasted good too.
  
The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 is fantastic, especially for use in the kitchen since when in tablet mode it isn't much bigger that a large cookbook.  To be honest I rarely use cookbooks as I often look up recipes on the net and as the Toshiba Radius has touchscreen it's brilliant for scrolling through recipes.

Another thing; it's also great for watching catch up TV - we have a smart TV in our kitchen but not all channels (that I want to watch) are available catch up purely because the manufacturer of the TV doesn't support them.  However all is not lost as the Toshiba Satellite Radius is WiDi enabled (wireless display) this means you can project what's showing on the laptop screen onto your TV screen pretty marvelous ah?  So, as you can see I'm full of knowledge (lol) and I can now watch anything I fancy whilst cooking!

The Toshiba Radius flips round to enable laptop, tabletop, presentation, audience and tablet this laptop is absolutely perfect for Skype.  It's fast too and great for writing my blog and editing photos as it has 500GB hard drive for storage and 32GB of cloud storage. 



Print Recipe

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Persian Halloumi - recipe by Gousto

To serve 2 you will need;
250g halloumi cheese
150g bulgur wheat
2 red onions
20g dried barberries
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
10g fresh mint
1 tbsp ras el hanout
1 lemon
1 tsp black pepper
olive oil
salt and black pepper to season

How to do it;
Boil a kettle. Add the bulgur to a pot with 275 ml of boiling water, cover with a lid over a medium-low heat.
Simmer for 5-7 min or until almost all the water is absorbed.  Remove and set aside with the lid on for 10 min, until dry and fluffy .

Meanwhile, put the barberries in a small bowl and add 100 ml of hot water, add 1 tbsp of sugar and mix well.

Peel the onions, cut them in half and slice finely.  Chop the mint finely and grate the zest of the lemon.
Cut the halloumi into thin slices (approx. 1cm thick) 

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the halloumi.  Combine half the ras el hanout with 1 tsp of black pepper for the spice mix. Coat the halloumi in the spice mix.

Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pan on a medium-high heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 4-5 min or until soft and lightly caramelised.

Add 3 tbsp of the barberry water to the bulgur wheat - now drain the barberries and add to the bulgur wheat.
Combine the barberry bulgur with the mint, lemon zest, remaining ras el hanout, pomegranate molasses and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil.  Season to your taste with salt and pepper.

Push the onion to one side of the pan and add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil.  Add the halloumi and cook for 1-2 min on each side or until golden all over.
Serve the bulgur wheat with the onion and halloumi and enjoy.

I reviewed a Gousto Box a little while ago and I think they're excellent; you can read my review here.

If you would like to know more about Gousto and to try a box for yourself, I have a discount code which will save you £20 on your first box; just click on this link gousto.co.uk/aglugofoil

Check out how the bloggers got with the #ToshibaCookalong - I'll add links here as they make their posts live;
FabFood4All
Farmersgirl Kitchen
Food Quine

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11
£349.99

Website www.toshiba.co.uk
Designed for mobility, delivering a smooth, seamless PC experience anywhere
500 GB hard drive for storage along with a responsive 32 GB of cloud storage
Fast boot-up and online access

www.facebook.com/toshibauk
Twitter @ToshibaUK

www.facebook.com/followgousto
Twitter @FollowGousto

Disclaimer; I was sent a box of ingredients and a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 to keep and take part in the #ToshibaCookalong.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Pimped Potato Salad - Get Spicy!

Potato salad doesn't have to be bland and boring, you can pretty much add whatever takes your fancy. Having been sent French's new Spicy Mustard to try (it's their classic yellow mustard with a hint of cayenne pepper) my pimped potato salad happened.
Now, I'm not a fan of mild cheese, I much prefer extra matured Cheddar, but Red Leicester has a place here as it adds colour which can only be a good thing. That said, cheese in my opinion is always a good thing so why not add it to potato salad!


Simple to make in just minutes and perfect outdoor eating; great for picnics or as a side for BBQ's.  Or indeed whenever you feel the need for potato salad!

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Best Recipe - Cheese Onion and Tomato Quiche

I'm gonna say it!  This quiche was Delicious, yes with a capital D - just the right amount of cheesiness with beautifully softened onions topped with sweet baby plum tomatoes.  And the pastry was perfectly cooked and crispy too.


A nice slice of this with a cuppa will do the trick as a snack or of course served with a side salad makes the perfect lunch.
Readers of this blog may have seen my post about my fancy new Stoves Sterling Oven which has a rather marvelous 'Intensive bake' option which is perfect for cooking quiche and tarts since it eliminates the need to 'blind bake' the pastry first.  Using base and top heat with fan, it is for me a good thing since I'm put off of baking because of the faff of having to part cook then return to the oven - it's too much of a botheration!  
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Cheesy Crock-Pot Potatoes and Beans

Crock-Pots or slow cookers have become really popular again, lets face it they are quite a marvelous invention.  They offer a very cheap way of cooking and dinner can be ready to eat as soon as you get home from work - no mess no fuss.  Now whenever you think of a meal cooked in a slow cooker you tend to think it's all stews and casseroles.  But you can actually cook certain foods wrapped in foil which of course means even less washing up as the crock-pot is as clean at the end as it was before any cooking began!

Cheesy Beany Potatoes in foil

Perfect for bonfire night or great for students these cheesy beany potatoes may not look amazing but let me tell you if you this was good!  Prepared in just five minutes then left to cook all day long while you're working or maybe you just have something else to do other than stand over a cooker. 
Lets face it baked beans are really good for you too, high in fibre and virtually fat-free which is probably just as well since these potatoes are loaded with cheese!

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Giveaway - Branston Relishes and Pickles

Branston is well known for their great products and just about everyone has heard of and loves Branston Pickle!  Well the good news is they've just released a new relish line incorporating five flavours and they are offering readers of this blog the chance to win all five of these relishes - and more!


The selection consists of Tomato and Red Pepper relish which adds a tangy twist to a hot dog, and the jalapeño in the Spicy Tomato is perfect if you like a kick to your food.  Caramelised Red Onion which is brilliant in burgers, Smoky Tomato and Chipotle that offers a distinctive smoky taste and Brazilian which is a sweet and spicy relish.
Pop over to Branston to find out more about their products.
 

TV Chef Andy Bates of Street feasts has created some lovely recipes to celebrate the launch of Branston's relishes.

Print Recipe
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Tuna Melt Toastie with Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
Ingredients:
1tbsp mayonnaise
1tbsp soured cream
2tbsp tinned sweet corn
1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
zest of a lemon
1tbsp chopped Coriander
salt and pepper
150g tinned tuna, drained
4 slices of sour dough bread
½ ripe avocado cut & sliced
50g grated Swiss cheese
20g grated Parmesan
3tbsp Branston Spicy Tomato Relish
2tbsp butter for frying

Method:
Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, soured cream, sweet corn, chilli, zest, coriander and season. Carefully fold in the tuna. Set to one side. Spread two of the bread slices with the tuna mix, then top with avocado slices, and the cheeses. Spread the remaining 2 slices with the Relish. Close sandwiches together.
In a heavy based saucepan heat the butter on a medium heat till starting to foam. Add the sandwiches and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip over and transfer the pan to the oven for 4 minutes melting the cheese inside.

Cut and Serve.
 *For a milder toastie the kids can enjoy, substitute Spicy Tomato Relish for Tomato and Red Pepper Relish and omit the chilli.
 
Now for the Branston Giveaway - the prize will be:
5 x Branston relish (one of each flavour)
2 x Branston Original Pickle
2 x Branston Small Chunky Pickle

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.
 
Good Luck Everyone!
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Greek Mezé and Entertaining Made Easy with Gaea

Beautiful Greek products from Gaea make it easy to create lovely Greek mezĂ© - we're talking effortless entertaining and perfect summer eating.  We love this kind of food, you can take your time eating, drinking and talking about your day together or of course with friends and family.



Having received some goodies from Gaea; Greek Olive Oil, Garlic Stuffed Olives, Flame Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Pepper and Goats Cheese Tapenade and Green Olive Tapenade. I was instantly transported to Greece - Oh we love that place, but sadly we haven't been there for a few years now the last time we went it was to the Greek island of Thassos. 

Anyway, it was off to the kitchen to make some Chicken Skewers which were nothing fancy - peppers, onions and chicken which had marinated in the Greek Olive Oil with a good pinch of dried Oregano and just before cooking I added sea salt and lemon.  
I also pan-fried some leftover cooked potatoes in a mixture of lemon and oregano too.

Lovely fat olives stuffed with garlic along with some cubed feta.  The Gaea flame roasted peppers are another easy one as you just use straight from the jar.  We loved the sweet pepper and goats cheese tapenade which was delicious spread onto some Mediterranean bread.  
Top left of the picture you can see the popular Greek dip Htipiti which is so, so good, you can find out how to make it in a previous post of mine here.

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Gaea for the lovely products.  I wasn't required to write a post but chose to do so since I really like these products. 

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Tuscan inspired Chicken Dish - Easy to Make Recipe

Just recently Filippo Berio launched their premium Gran Cru range of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and having been sent them to try, I couldn't wait to use them.  For this dish I used Gran Cru Toscano - a chicken dish which just seemed to happen, purely because I happened to have some lovely peppers and tomatoes in the fridge but also because I was feeling inspired by the wonderful oils I'd been sent. 

  

Nothing but good fresh ingredients, it's easy to make and ended up as something quite wonderful. 
Tuscany is somewhere I've always really fancied visiting - in fact Italy in general really interests me and the food always looks so, so good.  Of course I'm not claiming this to be authentic Tuscan food, just Tuscan flavours and something I made up as I went along.

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Mexican-Style Coleslaw - Easy Recipe

Add a little spice to your life with this Mexican-style coleslaw!  Of course you can make it more or less spicy to suit your taste and it's ideal to serve at a BBQ or just as a change instead of regular coleslaw. 

Mexican Coleslaw

Of course if you happen to have too much time on your hands you can make your own mayonnaise but I'm afraid I don't, and in any case I say good old Hellmanns mayo is the way to go.
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Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Shropshire Blue Welsh Rarebit is of course perfect for topping toasted bread which is more on the traditional side. But, it's also totally delicious spooned over a hot jacket potato.  The addition of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce adds a lovely warming tang to any variation of the a Welsh rarebit recipe. 


As long as you use a nice strongish tasting cheese it will do the job, you can use Stilton or of course a nice extra matured Cheddar, any cheeses in that category that takes your fancy should be good.
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Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés - Easy to Make Recipe

These Twice Baked Cheddar SoufflĂ©s are so very easy to make and are great for a lovely light lunch or a starter course.  But it has to be said, using Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar really gives them a truly fantastic flavour.  


The Barber family have been making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833.
Matured for a minumum of 24 months provides a cheddar that is powerfully intense and has an exceptional depth of flavour.  It has a slightly brittle and crunchy texture that is a result of it's long and slow ageing. 
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