“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cheese „
Having recently tried Tesco's onion and chive soft cheese and loved it, I decided to try a few of ASDA's flavoured soft cheeses and added a couple to my basket with my last online order.
The idea of a black pepper soft cheese intrigued me. I have a habit of adding a lot of black pepper to my food as it is, and have a particular liking for those sea salt and black pepper crisps you can get, so I expected that I would really enjoy this.
The cheese comes in a rectangular tub which is sealed with a silvery-blue foil, and has a flimsy-looking clear plastic lid. The packaging is all rather basic, however it does the job and I don't have any huge gripes with it, aside from perhaps preferring a sturdier lid.
The cheese is a creamy white colour and is flecked with rather large pieces of black pepper, which actually look almost blue - something that I must admit puts me off a little bit, not being a fan of blue cheese, merely because it's blue - I'm so shallow! The cheese has quite a thick consistency, yet will spread very easily and I didn't think it had a particularly peppery smell - in fact, I must admit that I didn't really notice a smell at all.
The taste of the cheese surprised me. Before trying this, I guess that I probably expected that the pepper would take over the flavour to the point that you couldn't really taste the cheese. In fact, what I found, was a lovely, creamy soft cheese, and the pepper flavour only really showed up as an after-taste, giving the flavour a little bit of a twist and obviously giving it that slightly hot flavour. I thought the two flavours worked surprisingly well together, and the only time I found it to be a problem, was when I greedily had three slices of toast with this on and by the third slice found that my mouth was beginning to feel a little bit hot, and I needed a glass of water! Serves me right for being so damn greedy when I'm supposed to be on a diet.
Speaking of diet's I did mistakenly think this was from ASDA's diet range when I purchased it, but in fact it's not - it describes itself as 'a medium fat cheese'.
The cheese goes well with most things, like I said I had it spread on toast, as well as in a pitta bread with some lean ham and salad.
According to the box this 200g tub of cheese will provide you with six servings, but I got loads more than that out of it - perhaps I wasn't spreading it on thick enough!
Nutritional Info (Per 100g):
This costs 65p from ASDA which is great value considering they charge almost double for the premium brand Philadelphia (although granted that doesn't have the addition of pepper!).
Overall, I really liked this cheese, it was something a bit different and had a much nicer taste than I expected it would. If like me, you're a fan of the flavour of black pepper, then you have nothing to loose by trying this, just don't eat too much as like I say, it can get hot!