Cheese and Pickle Sandwich

A cheese and pickle sandwich is a must for afternoon tea. It's great for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. It can be made with store cupboard ingredients, and the possibilities are endless.

Personally, I prefer pickle with hard cheese. The soft cheeses don't really compliment the vinegary flavour so well, in my opinion.

Just think of all the potential cheeses you could use that are easily available. Cheddar, Edam, Wensleydale, Manchego (my number one favourite). All of these cheeses make a great base for a cheese and pickle sandwich.

I absolutely adore cheese! It's one of the things I miss most about living in England. The range and availability of cheese was so much greater than here in Canada (although some of my local mountain cheeses are truly amazing).

If you live outside the UK, there will be other local hard cheeses that you can use in a cheese and pickle sandwich. I love to support the local businesses where I can.

I was amazed to find that not so many people here in Canada had even heard of a cheese and pickle sandwich. We did a tasting with some friends, and it went down very well.

There must be at least as many pickle recipes in the world as there are cheeses. Pickle is food that has been preserved in vinegar. As far as I understand it, chutneys are not really all that different. Both are fruits or vegetables preserved in vinegar.
 
I love cheddar with Branston Pickle. Cheddar cheese and branston pickle are often served as part of a ploughman's lunch at pubs around England. This is a plate of crusty bread, cheese, pickle and apple. These days it can also include meat and pork pie.

It is easily available in the UK, and I understand it is widely available in North America now, perhaps from specialist shops. Or you can buy Branston Pickle online at Amazon.

It is tangy, tasty and keeps well (great store cupboard ingredient). It's made with cauliflower, gherkins, garlic, apples, and various spices.

The other two recipes are homemade. One is a Carrot and ginger relish and the other is a Tomato chutney.
 
Really, the choices for a cheese and pickle sandwich here are truly endless. I will just give you my absolute favourites, bearing in mind that this is for afternoon tea, and so I don't want the flavours to be overpowering.
 
Feel free to substitute other cheeses!
 
Cheddar Cheese and Branston Pickle
Edam with Carrot chutney
Wensleydale with Tomato chutney

Cheddar Cheese and Branston Pickle

Makes 4 small tea sandwiches

2 slices of brown bread
Cheddar cheese
Soft butter
Branston Pickle

  • Slice the cheddar. I recommend about 2-3mm in thickness. You need to be able to taste the cheese in the bread, but not have it too thick either.

  • Butter the bread.
  • Lay the cheese on one of the slices of bread, covering the whole slice.

  • Spread a small amount of Branston Pickle (to your taste, really) over the cheese. Branston pickle is quite strong, and you don't want the taste to be overpowering.

  • Top with the other slice of bread. Press down gently, and trim off the crusts. Cut into four squares, triangles or fingers.

Edam with Carrot Chutney

Edam cheese is widely available and well-known. Most Edam cheese is sold young, before it has had time to mature. This cheese is fairly soft, sweet and nutty in flavour.

When it becomes more mature is has a stronger flavour.

I have assumed that the edam you buy is the young cheese you usually find in the supermarket. The sweetness of the cheese goes very well with the sweetness of the carrot and you can just taste the slight flavour of cardomom coming through. Delicious!

Makes 4 small tea sandwiches

2 slices of brown bread
Edam cheese
Soft butter
Carrot relish

  • Slice the edam. I recommend about 3mm in thickness. You need to be able to taste the cheese in the bread, and edam is not very strongly flavoured.

  • Butter the bread.
  • Lay the cheese on one of the slices of bread, covering the whole slice.

  • Spread some Carrot Relish (to your taste) over the cheese.

  • Top with the other slice of bread. Press down gently, and trim off the crusts. Cut into four squares, triangles or fingers.


Wensleydale with Tomato Chutney

I believe that Wensleydale is fairly easily available now in North America. I read that this small creamery, based in Hawes, in North Yorkshire, is expanding. All due to Wallace and Grommit.

I remember visiting the Hawes Creamery and finding it fascinating. You can see the cheese being made and they still run tours. Wensleydale is a crumbly, delicate and delicious cheese that is a real star in the cheese world in my opinion.

I used to live not so far from Hawes. Thinking of the countryside makes me feel nostalgic and a little homesick. It's so beautiful.

If you can't get Wensleydale, try any other crumbly, slightly acidic hard cheese. Or even just cheddar.

Makes 4 small tea sandwiches

2 slices of brown bread
Wensleydale cheese
Soft butter
Tomato chutney

  • Slice the cheese. I recommend about 2-3mm in thickness.

  • Butter the bread.
  • Lay the cheese on one of the slices of bread, covering the whole slice.

  • Spread some Tomato Chutney over the cheese.

  • Top with the other slice of bread. Press down gently, and trim off the crusts. Cut into four squares, triangles or fingers.

Serve with

Cheese and pickle sandwiches are lovely served with a nice cup of mint tea and an apple for a quick, delicious and nutritious snack for afternoon tea.

As part of a full afternoon tea spread, serve cheese and pickle sandwiches along with other sandwiches, such as ham, egg mayonnaise and cucumber with lemon and mint. Add some lemon layer cake and some chocolate cupcakes and you're away!

Try serving English breakfast, mint tea or lapsang souchong with this combination.

If you were Chuffed with the Cheese and Pickle Sandwich, you might Enjoy our Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe!