Cheese, cheese, cheese. We could eat the stuff for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No exageration. We love it so much that we had to go to Adelaide’s ‘Cheese Queen’, Kris Lloyd from Woodside Cheese Wrights, and get her ideal Summer recipe using cheese. Obviously…
Here’s what she had to say:
I love simple cheese ideas that I can serve when friends come over during the holiday season that are just a little different. The key, however, is that they are always easy! After working hard all year, I’m right into settling back and enjoying company rather than more hard work in the kitchen!
This one takes me back a bit as I have fond childhood memories of sitting in the peach or apricot trees that we had in our backyard during the long hot Summer holidays, along with my brothers. We would just gorge ourselves on ripe, golden and succulent fruit and there was lots of it, mostly ripe all at the same time.
Years on I‘d love to be able do this again but I‘m sure it wouldn’t be nearly as acceptable as I’d like.
When something is in season, my radar is on… I love to use what is fresh and at its best. At the moment I am all about those delicious peaches. And I have the easiest, tastiest, cheesiest dish using peaches, blue cheese and walnuts.
Using flatter peaches works best for this recipe so, if you can, opt for the doughnut peach (yes, it is a thing). If you can’t find doughnut peaches, regular peaches will work, but whichever you use just make sure they are sweet and ripe.
Simply slice the peaches horizontally, remove the pits, and place them (sliced side up) on a baking tray lined with bake paper. Then top each half with a very generous slice of blue cheese and freshly crushed walnuts.
If you’re not keen on walnuts crush a couple of digestive style biscuits and sprinkle on top instead. Bake the topped peaches in a hot oven for around five minutes. Finish under the griller until they are golden and emerge looking a bit like a peach crumble.
To finish, generously drizzle with maple syrup and serve immediately. A super simple recipe, but you seriously cannot underestimate the dreamy combination of a creamy blue, crunchy nuts and soft, sweet peach flesh.
With all of the festive season picnics, parties, lunches, dinners, drinks etc. this is the perfect dish to whip out and impress your friends and family.