Smooth hard cheese made of cow milk. There are two types of the hard English cheese Gloucester: Single, ripened in two months, and Double, marketed in six months and the more flavorful and prestigious of the two. Wine Partners: Pommard.
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For a really quick starter (or small main course)look no further than a Crunchy Puff! Takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and 2 minutes too cook! I have served them on a buffet table too and even as nibbles in the evening when watching TV or playing a game. I normally use Double Gloucester but if you dont have any then Cheddar or Red Leicester will do nicely as an alternative. You will need. 8oz grated cheese 1 Tablespoon plain flour Salt and pepper 2 egg whites 1 tsp mixed herbs Oil for deep frying If you are going to serve with a dip then a small tub of freshly soured cream and a couple of chives is delicious. Mix cheese, flour, seasoning and herbs. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into cheese mixture. Heat oil until very hot. Drop teaspoons of mixture into the hot fat and they will float to the top as cooking, turn after 1 minute and remove after 2. Leave to drain on kitchen paper. Never be tempted to pop one straight into your mouth as I did once, you really do not want hot cheese sticking to your tongue!! As they are quick and simple to make dont be tempted to make them too often as night time nibbles as they are packed full of fat and calories..as is everything that tastes nice!
Double Gloucester (DG) is an absolutely gorgeous cheese. It’s an old English traditional semi-hard cheese that has been made in Gloucestershire since the sixteenth century. Bit of useless information - cheese merchants used to pay close attention to the robustness of the rind. They used to jump on it with both feet to test it. If the rind didn't crack, the cheese was safe to travel – cool! Talk about cheesy feet!! The full-cream milk in Double Gloucester gives it characteristic, rich, buttery taste and flaky texture. It is firm and biteable, and lovely and creamy. The colour is pale orange. Double Gloucester is fine as a cheese in its own right, but I have now discovered Sainsbury’s do a Double Gloucester with chives. WOW!! It is lovely. Not only do you have the firm creamy cheesiness of the DG, but you have a real kick of onion-ness. It comes in a really pleasing triangular shape, and because of the chive content, is flecked with green, making it look quite interesting. As it has such a strong flavour, I think it’s best eaten with plain crackers, like Cream Crackers or Hovis biscuits. If you’re a real onion freak though, I reckon you can’t beat accompanying it with Jacob’s onion Cream Crackers. Mmmmmmm – I’ve made myself hungry now, and it’s hours till I go home……