“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cheese „
This is the most wicked cheese EVER, I don't know if it's new or something Sainsburys have brought out for Xmas but this Silverskin Onion And Herb Cheddar was being given out at the deli yesterday and as soon as I tried it I had to buy a block!
It looks like it's going to be a crumbly cheese from the photo Dooyoo have got up but it's not, it's just a normal Cheddar that you can slice without it falling to bits.
The cheese smells of onion when you open it and because there are pieces of pickled silverskin onions in it you get a proper yummy tangy smell that makes your mouth water. There's some dried onion in it as well and that put me off at first because I worried they were going to be crispy in the cheese but you can't tell when you get any of them bits in your mouth even though you can taste the onion.
There's chives mixed in with the onion and that makes it taste yummy because chives always go wicked with cheese anyway and now I know how good they go with onion too!
The cheese is proper creamy and you don't have to worry because you can still taste the cheddar under the onions, even though the onion flavour is very strong and that is deffo the main flavour in this block.
The only thing is that everytime you burp or sigh you'll taste the onion all day long! lol I'm not bothered about onion breath because I love the smell of onions myself but if you worry about stuff like that then make sure you've got loads of mints handy! pmsl!
I love this cheese and recommend you try it on Ritz, I'd never have tried that but we'd run out of cream crackers today so I sliced it small and it went wicked with the salty Ritz.
One of my favourite cheeses at the moment is this Cheddar with Silverskin Onion and Herb, one of a range of pre-packaged cheese from Sainsbury's.
I love cheddar of most descriptions but when the cheese has had something nice added to it then it just takes the flavour to another dimension completely. And this cheese is certainly in a dimension of its own in my opinion.
5% of this 200g wedge of cheese is pickled silverskin onions which gives the cheese a delicious tanginess that makes my mouth water as soon as I open the packet. A further 2% of the block is dried onions which work to give the cheese a real onion flavour as opposed to it simply tasting of pickled onions. The herbs mentioned in the title are basically chives and that's it, but these work to give an overall herby flavour and also add a nice touch of colour to the appearance of the cheese.
The cheddar itself is quite creamy, but it's obvious to me that Sainsbury's have gone for a depth of flavour with this cheese rather than a fantastic texture. That's not to say that it's bad of course, this cheese is perhaps a little drier than I would expect but that isn't necessarily a bad thing it's just different to my usual plain cheddar.
Just in case you're wondering, there are some small bits of onion in there but they have a lovely texture and none that I have bitten into have filled my mouth with the sour flavour I have come to expect when dried onion is added to any foods. Actually the onion pieces do not taste of much at all really, the flavour of the pickled onion has already infused the cheddar to such a degree that I don't need to bite into a piece to know it's there.
I find this cheese goes beautifully with crackers, it's not so good on sandwiches if I'm honest as the flavours become lost somewhat when combined with bread. I have also used shavings of this cheddar on top of spaghetti bolognese instead of parmesan and this worked well too, also if you have a party planned you could do much worse than including this on your cheeseboard as I'm sure most people will love it.
This cheese is currently priced at £1.85 for a 200g wedge from Sainsbury's, Tesco do the same variety but theirs is nowhere near as good as this one and has a strange aftertaste that always makes me feel thirsty.