Cheese Rolls


Cheese rolls

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…

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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