Parties, weddings, any kind of festive occasions of my childhood reminds me of this recipe - Fresh Cheese Roll. You can add salami, ham, smoked salmon and layer with a spread you are in the mood for: egg, crab, garlic, blue cheese, etc. The top ingredient is the freshness. Fresh paprika, veggies and the sign of beautiful Spring Season - herbs.
In some countries, you can find a cheese roll sold in 1 piece. I used 6 thin slices of a good quality matured Gouda cheese and layered with a high content meat turkey ham. The pork ham looks more impressive and keeps the roll together better. However, I went for a poultry taste this time. I prepared an easy and fluffy spread and seasoned it with my secret ingredient - smoked salt. This gives so much flavour into salads, spreads, marinades, oh my. In grand finale, I added sweet red pepper, boiled eggs, fresh parsley and chives. Bon appetit!
Celebrate this season with your beloved and offer my fresh cheese roll to kids from the age of 2. Layer on a fresh bread and serve with fresh veggies. Yummy!
Total Time: 1 hour + 30 minutes sit in the freezer
2 hard boiled eggs, finely grated
6 large slices of matured Gouda cheese
6 slices of a poultry ham (I used turkey)
120g of cream cheese
½ cup of double cream
½ teaspoon of smoked sea salt
2-3 slices of red pepper, washed, cleaned and finely chopped
1 handful of fresh parsley and chives, finely chopped
Fresh baguette to serve it with
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
In a small deep pan filled with salted cold water place the eggs on high heat. Bring them to boil, lower the heat and boil them hard in about 10 minutes. Afterwards, take them out and let them cool down.
In a small baking tray place a sheet of aluminium foil. Place the Gouda slices overlapping next to each other as per picture above. Place in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the oven. Control the cheese from time to time, it needs to easen a bit, not to melt. This way you can bring it together in 1 piece. Take it out and gently transfer onto your working surface. Let it chill for a bit and roll it out with the roller, just to make it smoother.
Next, layer with ham and prepare the spread.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk the cheese with a bit of double cream at the time until smooth and fluffy. Season with smoked salt and add all the ingredients: paprika, parsley, chives and eggs. Gently mix with spatula and taste. Season accordingly.
Afterwards, layer the spread on top of the ham and gently roll it out and cover in a cling foil with the endings in the bottom. Freeze for about 30 minutes until it sits for a bit and you can cut it easily into effective slices.
For further serving, refrigerate. Note that it has a beautiful and soft texture. Therefore, if you want it to look nice and altogether, freeze for a bit before you cut it. Serve on a piece of baguette and enjoy with a glass of dry white wine.
Makes 1 rectangular cheese roll.