Versatile cheese rolls

    40 min

    This is a very quick, easy and cheap recipe for busy mums and families on the go and cooking on a budget. The ingredients are food cupboard and fridge staples and the filling can be adapted to whatever's in the fridge and whatever your taste. My sons loved these both warm and cold with a nice glass of milk. Kids love them.


    Durham, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 250g self raising flour
    • 230ml milk
    • 1 tube tomato purée
    • 1 to 2 handfuls grated mature Cheddar cheese
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped meat of your choice (see tip)
    • 1 egg, beaten

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Mix the flour and milk in a bowl to form a dough, you may need to add slightly more flour to the mixture depending on the quality of flour used.
    3. Roll out the dough into a oblong shape and spread a layer of tomato purée as thin or as thick as you like to suit your taste.
    4. Sprinkle the tomato purée with the grated cheese and once again put as much or as little as you like (reserve a little cheese for the top) then put one layer of meat or mixed meat on the top.
    5. Now roll the pastry up so it resembles a very large sausage roll and brush the top with the beaten egg and sprinkle with cheese. You can at this point cut it into individual slices if you prefer and lay them down to cook but be warned, it's messier! Place on a baking tray.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
    7. Once out try to leave it to cool for a few minutes (that's if the kids will let you) and cut into slices.


    There are a lot of options and room for manoeuvre with this recipe, it's very versatile and can be adapted to whatever you have in your fridge and even leftovers. You can change the meat from ham to salami to peperami and even chicken, you can also use onions and mushrooms however if I put onions or mushrooms in I usually fry them first as they're quite watery and would make the pastry too soggy. Likewise as the meat, any cheese can be used too, it's really easy to make and adapt to what's in your fridge and great for using leftovers. You can also roll the dough into a square and have it like a pizza although it is harder to grab and go.

    Meat ideas

    Wafer thin ham cut into squares or salami, peperami, pepperoni or chicken.

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    Very quick easy and cheap to make and very versatile so it can be adapted to suit your own taste and it's great for using up leftovers.  -  02 Feb 2016

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