At Godminster, we love Christmas for all sorts of reasons, not least because it’s a time when a lot more people put together a cheeseboard. It’s an obvious way to enjoy a variety of different flavours and textures. This year, we’re also thinking about how to incorporate Godminster into lots of different food as a delicious ingredient.
As ingredients go, cheese is a good one. It’s versatile, tasty, and as is the case with Godminster, has no nasties added to it – no preservatives and no additives. So whether you grate it and sprinkle all over a dish you’ve made for a special finishing touch, or grill it in the perfect cheese toastie, there’s scope to make more of cheese as an ingredient. Of course, if you’re already using Godminster a lot in your cooking, we’d love to hear about it. Send us a photo and you could find your dish on our recipe page!
Hard cheese, like cheddar, is the most commonly used cheese in cooking because it is so versatile and works well with lots of recipes. It’s also a good source of protein, calcium and Vitamin B12, and in Godminster’s case, it’s all suitable for vegetarians too.
Adding Godminster to your recipe will give it that extra punch of flavour. Think about the flavours that go well with cheddar that isn’t cooked – grapes, nuts, charcuterie etc – to give you a starting point, and think of some of the delicious matches you’ve tasted in the past. We’re thinking bacon, beetroot, cauliflower – just take a look through our recipe page for some of our favourites.
Here are some of our top tips for cooking with cheddar:
- Grating the cheddar, or at least cutting it into smaller pieces, will help it melt more easily and distribute the flavour more evenly
- Keep the temperature of the oven to about 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 to avoid over-cooking the cheddar
- If the cheddar is a topping on another dish, like a pasta bake, add it for the last 5 minutes or so and have it melted perfectly for serving
- If the cheddar is going into a sauce, make it the last things that’s added and keep the heat low
- Grilling will melt the cheese quickly. Keep it around 5-10cm from the heat source
There are all sorts of ways to enjoy cheese, and Godminster, and as far as we’re concerned, finding new ways just adds to the fun; any meal, any occasion. More cheese please!