Saturday, 6 November 2010

Vegetarian Cheese and Onion Rolls

I have been rustling through the pages of some old magazines in an attempt to sort out some further recipes for this year's Christmas repertoire. I had in mind a recipe for cheese and onion rolls as an alternative to sausage rolls.  I had first come across cheese and onion rolls in M & S (and they had used puff pastry), but they seemed to lack a little flavour for my liking being more than a little bland.  I like strong flavoursome cheese something like the Cornish Cruncher  - yet again from M & SI therefore intend to make the following for the freezer in the next week or so,but thought that I would share the recipe now in case any of you would also like to have a bash at making these.

The recipe is from Good Food Magazine December 1999 and apparently makes 10 cheese and onion rolls


6oz /175g self raising flour
3oz/85g vegetarian suet
6oz strong cheddar cheese grated
1 medium onion finely chopped
(You could also ring the changes by adding a touch of spring onion as well or gently fry leek until golden brown and tasty and well drained and then adding in place of)
Cayenne pepper


  1.  Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 7/Fan oven 200 degreesC/220 degrees C
  2. Line a baking tray with non stick baking parchment.
  3. Sift the flour and a good pinch of salt into a bowl then mix in the suet and 5 to 6 tablespoons cold water to form a pliable dough.  Divide in half.
  4. On a floured surface roll out the dough into two strips 12 x 4 inch.  Dampen the edges with water.  Mix together the grated cheese and onion and season with salt and cayenne pepper.
  5. Divide the filling between the two strips towards one edge.  Roll up as you would a swiss roll and slice each into approximately 5 pieces.  Put on the baking tray spaced apart.  Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until gold and crispy.  They are delicious hot or cold.
  6. For the freezer make up until rolling into  swiss roll shape and cutting into 5 pieces, then pack and pop into the freezer.  Cook from frozen as above.

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