Cheese pleases


By Jan Bilton

New Zealand cheeses are overwhelmingly tops. And the variety is such that you could savour a different delight almost every day of the year.

Cheese is the perfect after school snack and the ideal nibble with drinks.

Baked Cheese Dip


Serve hot with crackers and/or crisp vegetables as dippers.

250g cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

250g tasty Gouda cheese, grated

3 spring onions

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place the cream cheese in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Beat until smooth. Add the sour cream and mayo and mix well.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the cheese and add the remainder to the cream cheese mixture. Finely chop the green ends of the spring onions. Add 2/3 to the mixture. Spread in a shallow 20cm x 14cm baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Bake the cheese mixture for about 25 minutes, until bubbly and golden. Garnish with the remaining chopped spring onion. Serves 6-8.

  • Jan Bilton is a Cambridge-based, professional food writer. For more cheesy recipes see her website here.

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