26 Feb

Does chocolate go with cheese??? Well it did this week!

Katie Jones of Choccie Bar wins best food product, pictured with Jo rees of food and Greg Parsons of Cheeky Cow Cheese, the UK's finest half fat cheddar style cheese crafted in somerset
Cheeky was in the presence of the region’s foodie elite this week during the annual food magazine Reader Awards. The tasty ceremony at the Somerset headquarters of Yeo Valley was a treat, with everyone excitedly anticipating who would come out top thanks to more than 8,000+ votes by the region’s Read more [...]

13 Feb

Cheeky’s getting excited!

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Why you might ask??? Because it's almost time for the Food magazine reader awards ceremony at Yeo Valley HQ of course. She's sponsoring the Best Product category, which'll see one of these fab foodie businesses in the running for this year's title - Field fare, Frandie Macaron and Choccie Bar. Best Read more [...]

04 Feb

The Big Fella – Cheeky Indulgent Cheese & Potato Pasty

The Big Fella – Cheeky Indulgent Cheese & Potato Pasty

Serves 1
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Portion Size 193g
Nutrition Per Portion
Calories Sugar Fat Saturates Salt
496 3.6g 27.3g 9.6g 1.1g
Serves: 1 Person
Calories: 496
Time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 230g Maris Piper Potato (Skin on and small dice)
  • 170g Onions (Small dice)
  • 100g Cheeky Cow Half Fat Cheese (grated)
  • 20g Parsley Chopped
  • 2 pinches Black Ground Pepper
  • 280g Pastry short-crust, ready to roll
  • 10g Egg Wash

Directions

Advanced Prep
1 Pre-prepare and weigh out all the ingredients. Well wash the potatoes. Pre heat an oven to 180ºC (350ºF) Gas 4.
Method
2 Combine the potato, cheese, onion, parsley and seasoning in a bowl.
3 Roll out thinly, 4 x 23cm/9 inch circles from the pastry.
4 Divide the cheese, potato and onion mixture equally among the centres of six of the pastry circles, leaving a clean edge around each circle.
5 Egg wash half the pastry edges and pull up carefully to a sub shape, crimp and seal the edges and brush all over with egg wash.
6 Place onto a greased baking sheet and transfer to the oven to bake for 20 minutes until golden-brown and thoroughly cooked.

Note

Equipment:
Baking tray, rolling pin, 9" (23cm) round cutter, pastry brush, small basin.

Cheeky Service Hint:
Serve with plenty of ketchup.

Cheeky Handy Hint:
Potatoes can be pre-cooked but you lose flavour and starch through boiling. This recipe is equally as good with puff pastry but has a few more calories.

Cheeky Healthy Hint:
Cheeky Cow Half Fat Mature Cheese has 50% less fat and saturated fat than mature cheddar, 36% less calories and 19% more protein and 13% more calcium.

Potatoes are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.

04 Feb

Cheeky Cheesy Balls with a Cheeky Cider Sauce

Cheeky Cheesy Balls with a Cheeky Cider Sauce

Serves 4
Prep time 35 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Portion Size 280g
Nutrition Per Portion
Calories Sugar Fat Saturates Salt
355 7.3g 12.5g 6.6g 1.6g
Serves: 4 People
Calories: 355
Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

Cheesy balls

  • 320g Pork Mince (Lean)
  • 3 teaspoons Thai Fish Sauce
  • 75g Onions (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon grass finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed and chopped)
  • 85g Apples (skin on, finely chopped or grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 20g Coriander (coarsely chopped)
  • 10g Mint (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 pinches Black Ground Pepper
  • 75g Cheeky Cow Half Fat Cheese (Grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli peppers green finely chopped
  • 75g Breadcrumbs

Cheesy Cider Sauce

  • 20g Flour (Premium Grade)
  • 225ml Vegetable Stock
  • 50ml Cream Single
  • 75g Cheeky Cow Half Fat Cheese Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon English Mustard
  • 3g Sugar
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper

Directions

Advanced Prep
1 Prepare all ingredients as directed. Make up the breadcrumbs. Pre heat an oven to 220ºC (475ºF) gas 7 or a hot grill.
Cheesy Cider Sauce
2 Place the flour in the sauce pan and add a small amount of the stock and whisk to a very smooth paste.
3 Whisk in the remaining stock and cider and bring to the boil, stirring continuously and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent lumping and sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
4 Add the grated cheese season with a little English mustard and cayenne pepper and finish by adding the cream.
Cheesy Balls
5 Mix in all the ingredients together in a large bowl and season with the Thai fish sauce and black pepper. Divide the mix into 20 even amounts and lightly shape into balls.
6 Place on the baking dish and roast in the pre-heated oven for 15 minute or place under hot grill, turning occasionally until thoroughly cooked.

Note

Equipment:
Large mixing bowl x 1, cheese grater, spatula, cutting board, kitchen knife, baking tray, saucepan, whisk.

Cheeky Service Hint:
Serve the Cheeky Cheesy Balls with the with the Cheeky Cider Sauce and a portion of steamed or boiled rice.

Cheeky Handy Hint:
Chicken, turkey or lamb can be substituted for the pork.

Cheeky Healthy Hint:
Cheeky Cow Half Fat Mature Cheese has 50% less fat and saturated fat than mature cheddar, 36% less calories and 19% more protein and 13% more calcium.

Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are also a good source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C. A large portion of the calories in apples come from sugars.

04 Feb

Scrumpie

ScrumPie

Serves 4
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 10 minutes
Portion Size 250g
Nutrition Per Portion
Calories Sugar Fat Saturates Salt
403 8.5g 23g 8.5g 0.84g
Serves: 4 People
Calories: 403
Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 360g Pork shoulder, lean and large dice
  • 200g Apple Cider, Skin on large dices
  • 150g Potatoes skin on Large dice
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (Crushed and Chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Rosemary Sprigs
  • 2 pinches Black Ground Pepper
  • 250ml Dry Cider
  • 1 tablespoon Gravy Granules
  • 80g Cheeky Cow Half Fat Cheese (Grated)
  • 100g Pastry Short-Crust ready to roll
  • 10g Egg Wash

Directions

Advanced Prep
1 Pre-prepare and weigh out all the ingredients. Well wash the potatoes. Pre heat an oven to 200ºC (400ºF) Gas 6.
Method
2 Place the prepared pork in the sauce pan with the garlic, parsley and rosemary and pepper. Cover with the cider. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer slowly for 1 hour or until the pork is very tender. If necessary top with a little cider or water.
3 When cooked thicken lightly with the gravy granules, add the apples and potatoes, pour into the pie dish and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
The Pie
4 Roll out the pastry thinly and slightly larger than the pie dish, trim some edging from the pastry and seal around the edge of the moistened pie dish rim.
5 Place the pastry over the dish, seal and crimp and make a small air incision in the centre. Eggs wash well.
6 Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 45 minute to one hour or until the pastry has risen and is flaky and golden brown.

Note

Equipment:
Large saucepan with lid, cutting board, kitchen knife, Baking tray, rolling pin, 1 x medium sized pie dish , pastry brush, small basin.

Cheeky Service Hint:
Serve with steamed vegetables.

Cheeky Handy Hint:
The pastry can be baked off separately as a whole or in four even portions in the prepared oven to give a more dry and crispy texture all over.

Cheeky Healthy Hint:
Cheeky Cow Half Fat Mature Cheese has 50% less fat and saturated fat than mature cheddar, 36% less calories and 19% more protein and 13% more calcium.
No need to add salt as the gravy granules, herbs and other ingredients will flavour and season.
Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are also a good source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C. A large portion of the calories in apples come from sugars.