5 summery ways with cheese and preserves

By Hannah Lewry, 9 January 2015

Easy eating is the maxim of summertime. Like cheese and preserves, for example. They’re a hit on their own but even better added to salads, burgers, sarmies and a host of other yummy treats, says Hannah Lewry.

If you know anything about me at all, you’ll know that cheese is my ultimate weakness! There’s no stopping me from adding it to just about anything, but I’m just as crazy about it on its own. Having said that, here are my five favourite ways to eat cheese with preserves this summer.

Baked cheese and salad

I love Woolworths’ goat’s-milk crottin in this recipe, but I would spoon over Woolworth’s orange preserve with cardamom and ginger for extra flavour. I bake it to create a sticky sweet finish that works well with the caramelised lemons. You have to eat this salad with crusty baguette to enjoy it at its best.

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The best toasted cheese ever!

You might be wondering why I’ve added a toasted cheese to my list, but this is no ordinary one. I love salty and sweet combinations and the salty smokiness from the buffalo mozzarella and provolone with a spoonful of sweet preserve is just yummy! To take it up a notch, leave out the sundried tomato quarters and add a liberal spoonful of Woolworth’s bell pepper and garlic preserve instead.

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Cheesy chilli poppers

Place a few spoonfuls of Woolworths’ green fig and ginger preserve in a pan and let it melt slightly. Brush it on the bacon-wrapped chilli poppers every minute or so while they are under the grill to create a sticky glaze. Serve with the remaining preserve for dipping instead of the blue cheese sauce. Add 50 g crumbled blue cheese to the cheese stuffing mixture if you like instead.

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Goat’s cheese-stuffed phyllo sticks with preserves

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Brush 4 sheets phyllo pastry with melted butter, stack and cut into 7 x 15 cm strips. Liberally spread Woolworths black pepper chevin into the middle of each strip and top with a little Woolworths glacé fruit preserve. Roll into cigar-shaped sticks and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt before baking for 10–15 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot with the remaining preserve for dipping.

Crumbed chicken burger with blue cheese sauce and preserves

To make the blue cheese sauce, heat 50 g blue cheese and 1 cup cream in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the cheese melts into the cream, then allow to cool completely. Spoon onto crunchy chicken burgers, stacked onto Woolworths ultimate hamburger roll, with rocket and 1 T Woolworths’ blueberry, strawberry and blackcurrant preserve. Serve hot with sweet potato fries.

Hannah Lewry

Article by Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.
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