3 Super Easy Cheese Rolls Recipes

A perfect kids-in-the-kitchen recipe. Whenever we head to the South Island to visit the rellies, we sniff out a true kiwi treat – toastie Cheese Rolls.

Here are three versions for making the cheese roll filling, which you then spread over fresh bread, roll up, then bake in a medium oven for 15 minutes.

Here’s how to make New Zealand Cheese Rolls…

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 5-6


1. Soup Mix Filling


  • 1 x 32g packet of Maggi onion soup mix
  • 1 x 400g tin of evaporated milk
  • 500g grated tasty cheese
  • Half a teaspoon of mustard powder
  • Loaf of fresh, white bread, crusts removed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Melted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Put soup mix and evaporated milk in a saucepan.
  2. Add grated cheese and mustard powder and heat slowly to a simmer, stirring until thick and smooth.
  3. Allow mixture to cool slightly and then spread over the slices of bread.
  4. Roll up then place on a lined baking tray. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 180 oven for 10-15 minutes or cool the mixture and store in a jar in the fridge and make cheese rolls for the kids all week. This is a perfect school holiday kids in the kitchen recipe.

2. Cheese Filling


  • 1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Loaf of fresh bread, sandwich sliced


  1. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat when boiling.
  3. Cool slightly then spread over white bread, roll up, then bake in a medium oven for 15 minutes or cool and store in small jars in fridge to make cheese rolls all week!

3. Chopped Onion Filling


  • 1 onion, fine chopped
  • 1 cup blue top milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese
  • pepper to taste
  • Loaf of fresh bread, sandwich sliced


  1. Simmer the onion in the milk.
  2. Thicken with cornflour mixed to a smooth cream with a little extra milk.
  3. Add butter. Stir in cheese till it melts. Season. Remove from the heat.
  4. Spread over your white bread, roll up, then bake in a medium oven for 15 minutes.

Our Fresh favourite is no.1.

What are Cheese Rolls? We like to call them Southland Sushi. A quality cheese roll is a thin slice of white bread sprinkled with grated cheese and a little onion, rolled up and grilled – that’s the classic Kiwi snack that has been found in cafés from Southland to Marlborough for decades.


  • Leave the crusts if you prefer.
  • I freeze these – free flow – then pull them out as needed and grill. No need to thaw, as they come out soft and crunchy after grilling, and so easy as a quick snack or at supper.
  • To give your kids are protein boost, make these Cheese Rolls using Tip Tip Hi-Protein soft white bread. Or even a nice wheat or grain option.
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