Easy Southland Cheese Roll Recipe

Easy Southland Cheese Roll Recipe

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I’d heard tales of the mythical Southland Cheese Roll, but as an Aucklander born and raised, I’d never seen one in the wild let alone tasted one.  

I was intrigued but also puzzled.  If you wanted to eat cheese and bread why not make a sandwich or a toastie?  These cheese rolls seemed like a lot of work for the combination of seemingly ‘simple’ ingredients rolled up in a piece of white bread! 

But then, enlightenment hit.  We visited a small cafe in Arrowtown and laid eyes upon a pre-made stack of cheese rolls and it was crunchy, gooey, carb + cheesey love at first bite.

Recreating a classic Kiwi recipe with the addition of our family’s favourite condiment EVER, Best Food’s Mayonaise, sounded fun, delicious and pretty much de rigueur at our house – Best Foods on everything, please.  I also knew exactly which Kiwi staple I was going to tackle for my collab – the infamous, region-specific, Cheese Roll.

So here’s the recipe guys.  We love it.  It’s been tradie tested, teenager tested, after-rugby tested, lunch and afternoon tea tested and I think she’s a beauty.


Southland Cheese Roll Recipe


1/2 Red onion, finely diced

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise

250g grated cheese

1 packet of dried onion soup

1/2 tsp mustard powder

1 loaf sandwich sliced white bread

Butter to serve


Preheat oven to 200°.

Combine all ingredients (except bread and butter) in a food processor and pulse until onion is finely diced and ingredients are well combined.

Roll out sandwich sliced bread even thinner, then spread one tablespoon of cheese mixture along an edge.

Roll into thirds and place on a lined baking tray, join down.  Pop in the oven for around 10 minutes until they are starting to crisp, but are still a little soft in the middle.  You should definitely see some oozing cheese!

Serve with a swipe of real butter and enjoy while warm.

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