Traditional Cheshire Food

by Veronica

Although not as well known or as filling as Lancashire recipes, Cheshire traditional food is just as good. Cheshire was originally an inland salt lake and the soil is salty.

Cheshire cheese is reputed to be the oldest cheese in England. Traditionally it came in cloths which had a picture of a large, grinning cat on. Hence the phrase " grinning like a Cheshire cat " came from this tradition. Lewis Carrol in his book "Through the Looking Glass" makes reference to a large grinning cat, The Cheshire Cat.

Cheshire cheese comes in three colours, red, white and blue and for this reason is known as the most patriotic of all cheeses. There are other smaller companies making cheese in Cheshire, such as The Cheshire Cheese Company and Bexton Cheese. The cheese is slightly crumbly and slightly salty.

Many recipes special to Cheshire contain Cheshire cheeses. Cheshire also boasts very fine asparagus crops, rhubarb crops and apple crops. Cheshire lamb is particularly fine. Our salty soil gives a natural flavour to the local produce.

Cheshire recipes have been noted for centuries.

Hannah Glasse’s 1747 Cheshire Pork Pie recipe for example is typical of Cheshire and is sometimes known as Fidget Pie. It contains Pork and apples. In fact, I bought one from the butcher's on Wednesday this week. I have included two different Cheshire Pork Pie recipes.

Cheshire Cheese
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Cheshire lies in the West of England on the borders with Wales and was Welsh at one time.

Hannah Glasse's Pie 1745

Hannah Glasse's Cheshire Pork Pie

Use a large piece of pork, and  cut it into steaks.  Season it with salt and pepper, make a good crust, layer it alternatively with pork and apples,  put in half-a-pint of white wine, dot with butter on the top, and put a top crust on .

 " If your pie be large it will take a pint of white wine." 

Cheshire cheese
Cheshire cheese
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Crumbles are almost always sweet ones but a savoury crumble gives good texture to a casserole.

 

Cheshire Cheese and Asparagus Charlotte

Ingredients
 • 4 Slices of buttered bread
 • 298 g 10oz  fresh Cheshire asparagus spears, cooked
 • 175 g ( 5 oz) Cheshire cheese
 • 2 large eggs
 • 568 ml (1 pint) milk
 • Salt and black pepper


Method

Cut the crusts from the buttered bread
Place a layer of bread in a buttered dish . Layer with asparagus spears and half the grated cheese. Cover with remaining bread and cheese and season.
Beat together the eggs and milk  . Pour over the bread in the dish and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Top with grated cheese cheese and rolled oats and bake 180°C (375°F) or Gas 4/ 5 for about 50 minutes or until set .
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Cheshire Lamb Crumble

1 lb minced lamb
 1 medium onion,
 1 tbsp  tomato puree
 1/2 pt  veg stock or water
 salt and black pepper
 2 oz hard margarine
4 oz flour
 2 oz  Cheshire cheese, crumbled

2 ozs rolled oats


Cook the minced lamb with onions in the stock  for about 15 mins .
Transfer to an oven proof dish
Rub the fat, flour and seasoning together to make a crumble topping.  Add crumbled cheshire cheese and oats for texture.
Cover the meat mixture with crumble topping and bake for about 30 mins 180 C gas 4/ 5

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Chester Pork Pye
Chester Pork Pye
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Chester Pork Pye
 

A 12-oz pack of shortcrust pastry
 2 pounds lean, minced pork
 4 apples, sliced and cored
 1 stick butter
 2 rashers bacon
 1-1/4 cups dry white wine 1 teaspoon dried sage, or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped sage
 1 egg to glaze
 salt, pepper and nutmeg


1.Roll out the pastry and line a 7 inch pie dish, or I usually use a casserole dish, roll out enough pastry to make the lid too.
2.Mix together the pork and bacon in a bowl and season with the salt, pepper, nutmeg and sage.
3.Arrange a layer of pork in the bottom of the dish, then a layer of apple and continue until the dish is full.
4.Pour in the white wine and put  butter on top
5.Put the pie lid on top and make a slit in the pastry. Glaze with a little egg.
6.Bake in the oven at 425°F, 220°C, gas mark 7 for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375°F, 190°C, gas mark 5 and bake for a further 45 minutes.

 

 

Swede
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Cheshire potted pigeon

3 pigeons
seasoning
melted butter

Clean pigeons
Boil in a pan until the meat leaves the bones
Mince the meat finely
Season and moisten with stock
Press into pots and cover with melted butter to seal .

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 Cheshire Cheese and Swede bake

1 ozs plain flour
seasoning to taste
1 lb diced swede , 
2 oz margarine or butter
6oz Cheshire cheese, crumbled
1 pt milk

Coat the diced swede in the chosen seasoning and flour
Place alternate layers of swede and crumbled cheese in a dish dot with marg or butter and cover with cream
Cover with foil
Bake for 75- mins on 160C gas 3/4

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Apples
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Chester Steamed Pudding   ( the traditional recipe ; there are two recipes )


4oz SR  flour
4 oz Suet
2oz Caster sugar
4 oz  Fresh breadcrumbs
4 oz  Blackcurrant jam
6 Tablespoon Milk

10 fl oz water  Cold water
6 tbsp Blackcurrant jam
4 oz  Sugar

Mix the breadcrumbs, flour, suet and sugar .Make a well in the centre and add the jam. Warm the milk.   Pour over the mixture and mix .

Transfer the mixture to a greased pudding basin then cover and tie with string. Cover the bowl with foil and steam for 3 hours 
Boil up the jam , water and sugar for a sauce.

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Cheshire Apple Shortbread  ( any fruit can be used )

4 medium size Cheshire cooking apples
4 oz caster sugar
squeeze of lemon juice

10 oz flour
7 oz unsalted butter
3 oz icing sugar

Peel and slice the apples and layer in a dish covered with caster sugar and lemon juice

Beat butter and icing sugar together and add flour

Gather together in a plastic bag and press the mixture out inside the bag to fit the top of the dish.
Cut the plastic  bag and ease the shortbread out and lay it top of the apples.

Updated: 03/19/2016, Veronica
 
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frankbeswick on 08/19/2016

The Cheshire climate is rainy, as especially in the north it is close to the Irish Sea and receives Atlantic rains. This makes for lush grass and therefore well fed cattle. Almost all of Cheshire is prime agricultural land.

Veronica on 08/19/2016

yes indeed ty

frankbeswick on 08/19/2016

Your introduction speaks of Cheshire's soil being salty,but that is only in places where springs from the deep-lying salt layers come to the surface. The salt mines are deep down. The soil also contains a basis of new red sandstone overlain by glacial clay and some alluvial deposits from the now filled up lakes. Agriculture focuses much on dairy farming, on the rich grass of Cheshire. This means cheese and butter as well as milk

Veronica on 03/28/2016

Here's a link to a new Cheshire food recipe c/o The Cheshire Cheese company website .

This is new, not traditional but surely a winner. Cheshire cheese, spinach, shallot and ginger pie.
Cheshire is similar to feta.

Click the link if you are interested.

http://www.cheshirecheesecompany.co.u...

Veronica on 03/14/2016

Thank you, how kind. These 2 pages and the Irish Christmas foods get massive visitor numbers, Which is very reassuring . Despite our sophistication in 21st C , people love the traditional.

frankbeswick on 03/12/2016

Your focus on traditional recipes from Lancashire and Cheshire is a very productive area of writing that makes a valuable contribution to Wizzley. No one else has, to the best of my knowledge, done anything in this area. Every one of us needs a niche area, and you have created a good one for yourself from which we all benefit.

Veronica on 03/12/2016

Hi Marie

They just make a good alternative to pie at times and can have grated cheese or oats added. My lot enjoy a Cheshire lamb crumble. But you can put anything underneath the topping.

Marie on 03/12/2016

I absolutely love crumbles but I've only ever had fruit ones and not savory. That is something interesting to try. Yum.

Veronica on 12/03/2015

Yes I like to do traditional recipes sometimes and my family eat most thing. I think the traditional recipes like my Traditional Lancashire recipes are bourn out of the hardships of the people

Cheshire cheese is my absolute favourite cheese along with Lancashire. I only use Cheddar for cooking.

happynutritionist on 12/02/2015

An interesting collection of recipes...and I never knew the background of the Cheshire cat!! What fun to learn something new.


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