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Cheese savoury sandwiches are a delicious mix of cheese, onions, carrots and mayonnaise. They are a popular sandwich filling in North East England.
Looking for a delicious sandwich filling for your lunch? Not sure what to make? What if I told you that this cheese savoury sandwich filling was both tasty and easy to make? You can have a delicious lunch ready in minutes. Read on to get the recipe and impress your family.
I can clearly remember my first encounter with a cheese savoury sandwich. I went to grab a sandwich between lectures after starting at university on Newcastle. Greggs, a local bakery that started in Gosforth in the 1950s, was nearby. Inside I found a large range of sandwiches for sale.
One of the sandwich selections was cheese savoury, which I had never tried before. It is a cheesy crunchy tangy sandwich, quite unlike anything I had eaten before. It was delicious and has become a firm favourite.
Read more: Traditional recipes from North East England
Most of the sandwiches were in stottie cakes, a flat round bread cut into quarters. It is local to Newcastle. I have to admit to wondering what a stottie was.
Read more: Stottie cake recipe
Cheese Savoury Sandwiches
Cheese savoury sandwiches are a sandwich filling that is only found in and around Newcastle. It is a shame as the sandwich is a real treat and would brighten up anyone’s lunch box. I have been experimenting and managed to recreate the cheese savoury sandwich at home.
One thing that people in the North East are good at is creating tasty filling recipes using basic ingredients. Most of these recipes probably came from the days when men worked in the steel yards and the pits. Times were hard and a little had to go a long way.
Recipes like Pan Haggerty and Leek Pudding are examples of these types of frugal recipe. I can imagine the cheese savoury stottie being enjoyed by men hard at work on the ships. They would have it for their bait, a geordie word for packed lunch.
Read more: Leek Pudding
How to make Cheese Savoury Sandwich filling
Making the cheese savoury filling requires lots of grating, so make sure you have a decent grater. Collect together a block of tangy cheddar cheese, an onion and a carrot. A little salt and pepper can also used for seasoning. The final ingredient is mayonnaise.
Now it is time to get grating. Grate the cheese, onion and carrot into a bowl and mix them up. It is not that easy grating an onion, keep a box of tissues handy in case your eyes water. Just remember the filling will be worth it.
The carrots add a sweetness and crunch to the filling without being obvious. It is a great way to sneak in some vegetables if you have reluctant vegetable eaters in your family. Once everything has been grated add the mayonnaise. Mix it into the mixture until the filling is moist, but be careful not to add too much. A little salt and pepper can be used for seasoning. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.Finally spoon the filling into your sandwiches.
What sort of bread should I use?
Traditionally you will find cheese savoury sandwiches in stotties. My cheese savoury sandwiches use brown baps which works just as well. The filling is delicious in any type of bread so use whatever you have on hand.
Just make sure you make a large batch of the sandwich filling as it will disappear fast!
What should I serve with cheese savoury sandwiches?
Cheese savoury sandwiches are delicious served on their own. If you want you can add a little salad to the side of the plate or even crisps and a gherkin like they do in America.
This filling would also be ideal for parties, it would leave your guests wondering how you made it. Make the sandwiches look elegant by making finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Cheese savoury sandwich filling is a great way of sneaking some vegetables into your children’s lunch box without them noticing.
How long will the cheese savoury sandwich filling keep?
The cheese savoury sandwich filling can be kept in plastic box in the fridge if you do not use it all at once. It will keep for up to a week.
Cheese Savoury Sandwich Recipe
Cheese Savoury Sandwiches
- Large bowl
- Sharp knife
- Bread rolls
- 250 g cheddar cheese
- ½ onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- Grate the cheese into a bowl.
- Peel the onion and carrot and grate these into a bowl with the cheese.
- Add the mayonnaise and mix well
- Season with salt and pepper
- Butter the bread rolls and spoon the filling inside
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What are your favourite sandwich fillings? Do let me know below.
You might also want to try this toasted cheese sandwich which makes a lovely lunch on a cold day.