Pure Brie-liance! We show you 20 very important ways to work more delicious cheese (which is ALL made in the UK) into your life. No need to thank us. 

  • From popovers to puddings, there are thousands of ways to eat cheese
  • M&S are introducing fifteen new varieties of BRITISH cheese this summer
  • New cheeses include British halloumi, goat's cheese and even a GB take on feta 
  • The South West is UK's biggest cheese-making region  

It's official, we are a nation of cheese fiends. 

After house prices, the election and the weather, cheese - and how much we love it - is pretty much a Briton's favourite topic of conversation... or is that just us?

The UK now makes more cheese than any other nation, even our friends over the English Channel, with M&S selling more British varieties than anyone else.

Forget fancy French varieties, there are 700 types being made right here in the British Isles. And we're eating more than anyone else too.

British cheese is being celebrated in style at M&S this summer. New varieties include (from top) Spreadable Blacksticks Blue, Abergavenny Fresh Goat's Curd, Sussex Halloumi and Godminster Brie

British cheese is being celebrated in style at M&S this summer. New varieties include (from top) Spreadable Blacksticks Blue, Abergavenny Fresh Goat's Curd, Sussex Halloumi and Godminster Brie

And whilst classic Cheddar continues to dominate the market, accounting for over HALF of all cheese sales according to retail analysts Mintel, the hundreds of other varieties, from sharp Cornish Yarg to creamy Red Leicester and eye-watering Shropshire Blue, deserve a place in your heart (and fridge) too. 

Cornish Cruncher - the cheese connoisseur's favourite - will remain on the shelves too

Cornish Cruncher - the cheese connoisseur's favourite - will remain on the shelves too

So, to celebrate all that is brilliant about bold and beautiful British cheese right now we present 20 ways to get more of the good stuff in your life right now....

20 WAYS TO GET MORE CHEESE INTO YOUR LIFE

DOUBLE CHEESE ROAST POTATOES

The Sunday roast, while amazing, obviously has a serious lack of cheese.

Pimp your roast by smothering your traditional potatoes in the good stuff. Roast as normal in as much goose fat as possible and then get liberal with the grater. 

We like a strong chedder like the M&S Cornish Cove for the first layer of cheesy goodness. 

Pop back in the oven for about 10 minutes until your spuds are coated in golden goodness, then sprinkle a really pungent fromage (think brie or feta) over the top in chunks for added punch. 

A couple of minutes under a hot grill will help create a mouth-watering crispy top to the dish.

 

 BLCT 

Let's be honest. Getting enough cheese into your day can be tough. Help ease the struggle by shoving a load into this classic lunch time sandwich.

Use a posh spreadable cheese like M&S's Blacksticks Blue or a more mellow cream cheese.

Not only will this count toward your daily cheese intake but it will take your BLT to dizzying new heights of deliciousness. 

 

PARMESAN TRUFFLE FRIES   

The ONLY way to eat chips right now is double fried piled high with grated Parmesan and drizzled with indulgent truffle oil.

 

CHEESY HEDGEHOG BREAD

This show-stopper is much easier than it looks. Slice a rustic loaf almost all the way through in a cross hatch pattern, make the cheese mixture by mixing cheese and melted butter with whatever else takes your fancy - jalepenos, bacon, spring onions all work - stuff the sauce into every crevice, cover with foil and bake. Voila: irresistible and gorgeous pull-apart bread that's perfect to share.

 

CHEESY EGGS, ALL WRAPPED UP 

If anything can improve on good, buttery scrambled eggs it can only be cheese. Sprinking in a generous chunk, grated, while cooking will make this breakfast staple gooey and beyond delicious. 

If you want to be extra funky (or eat on the go to maximise your cheese consumption) put your eggs in a wrap with some hot sauce and salsa -and more grated goodness obviously!

 

CHEESE-STUFFED CHICKEN 

It's on every episode ever of Come Dine With Me for a reason. 

Stuff cream cheese and herbs into the 'pocket' of a chicken breast, wrap in bacon, secure with skewers and roast for 40 minutes for the ultimate combination of bird, beast and cheese.

 

POSH RETRO CHEESE AND PINEAPPLE 

Clearly eating chucks of cheese off tiny sticks is pure genius. Re-embrace the 80's canape trend of pineapple and cheese, but modernise it by moving away from the traditional choice of cheese.

Go retro at your next party but pick a really good Stilton, which goes really well with pineapple, or even M&S's creamy Yorkshire Fettle, instead of the original plastic Edam.

Shoving a raspberry on top also makes you look like you are some kind of culinary whizz rather than just a cheese fanatic. 

 

SUPER TRENDY CHEESY BREKKIE

Avo on toast is so passe darling. Why not stay ahead of the trend by spreading goat's curd on toast before topping with mashed avocado to create the ultimate trendy brekkie.

 

SWEET STUFF CHEESY FIGS 

Proving that even fruit can be vastly improved by the addition of cheese, this super easy dessert will please at a dinner party- or just alone on your sofa!

Make a cross in a fig, sprinkle with goat's cheese, add a sprig of thyme, drizzle with honey. 

Repeat so you have three per guest. Put in oven for 15 minutes until golden and melted.

 

CHEESE POPOVERS 

A popover is a light, savoury, hollow roll made from egg batter similar to that of Yorkshire pudding. Add your preferred cheese into the flour and bake yours in a muffin tin with stright, deep walls, dotted with chives and served with a strawberry chutney in you fancy being fancy.

 

GOAT'S CHEESE BALLS

Great for parties or as a simple starter. Simply roll M&S Ashley Chase Goat's Cheese (aged in Wookey Hole caves for up to 3 months) in chopped chives and serve in a pretty glass atop an avocado mouse or light guacamole.

CELEBRATING BRITISH CHEESE: M&S'S BOLD NEW RANGE 

Made by Cropwell Bishop creamery in Nottinghamshire with fresh milk from cows grazing the summer pastures. Matured for a mellow flavour and turned by hand to develop its thin edible crust. A creamy soft blue cheese with a mellow flavour
The Halloumi is made in Sussex at High Weald Dairy in Sussex according to an authentic recipe using organic sheep’s milk

M&S's new range includes a Beauvale (left) which is made by Cropwell Bishop creamery in Nottinghamshire with fresh milk and turned by hand to develop its thin edible crust, and a Halloumi (right) made in Sussex at High Weald Dairy according to an authentic recipe using organic sheep’s milk

The foodie bods at M&S are so excited about flying the flag for British cheese this summer that are introducing fifteen new varieties to tickle shoppers' taste buds.

The new collection includes a creamy Yorkshire Fettle (paying homage to the Greek feta style, £4.50), Abergavenny Goat's curd – an ingredient that's been big in gastro pubs and restaurants but not available on the high street until now (£3.50) - and a sheep's milk Sussex Halloumi (£4).

Kirsty Grieve, M&S cheese expert says: 'This summer we've launched our biggest ever collection of British cheese and now offer over 50 different varieties from up and down the country, including a goat's curd from Abergavenny in Wales, to a mild blue cheese from Yorkshire, and lots in between.

Mild, fresh and crumbly, the new M&S goat's cheese, made in Abergavenny Creamery in Wales. is perfect to sprinkle on salads, use in recipes or simply spread on warm toasted sour doug

Mild, fresh and crumbly, the new M&S goat's cheese, made in Abergavenny Creamery in Wales. is perfect to sprinkle on salads, use in recipes or simply spread on warm toasted sour doug

'Years ago when people thought about British cheese, it was mainly Cheddar and Stilton that sprung to mind but this is absolutely not the case anymore. We now produce an incredible array of different cheese styles, from a Sussex Halloumi which is made to a traditional recipe with organic sheep's milk, to my personal favourite, Bluemin White – which is a deliciously creamy cheese with a blue rind, made in Yorkshire '

'We're really pleased that British cheese is giving French and Italian cheese a run for their money. I'm of the belief that we produce the best cheese in the world here and we really offer a type of cheese for all tastes – hard, soft, mould ripened, blue, sheep, goat…the list goes on!'

'You can pretty much get a cheese from every region in the UK. The passion and dedication of the UK's cheese makers is second to none and as a nation we LOVE cheese. Blessed are the cheese makers!'

The M&S team are clearly not of the opinion that it's possible to have to much of a good thing... and neither are we.

 

THE PIMPED-UP GRILLED CHEESE

Add too many rashers of bacon and a heavy squeeze of mustard to your classic grilled cheese for the ultimate after pub snack. NB Cheddar, monteray jack or Swiss varieties work the best. Try M&S Wookey Hole Cheddar Truckle.

 

VEGGIE SLIDERS

Mini veggie burgers are a brilliant summer party food, about replacing your burger with a thick slice of halloumi (try M&S Sussex Halloumi) doubles the show-off value immediately.

 Thick slices of griddled halloumi also work a treat on meat burgers stacked with slices of caramelized red onion and your favourite relish.

 

THE NEW CONTINENTAL

Give your classic British breakfast a touch of je ne sais quoi by adding croissants and a large wedge of British Brie.

 

CHEESY NUT FRITTERS  

A great option to serve veggies who are bored of mushroom risotto, shallow fry to keep them crisp and light, and serve with a salsa and fresh coriander. 

Roll grated cheese with your choice of mixed nuts and seeds, pat into rough circles and shallow fry for ultimate cheesy goodness. 

These could also work with a slice of halloumi in a bun (see Veggie Sliders)

 

PANEER AND BLACK SESAME BALLS 


Add a touch of the exotic to your kitchen with these delicate Indian-inspired balls that pack a powerful taste punch. Careful of your fingers as you grate the paneer, though.

Start by dry roasting coriander and sesame seeds before mashing together with grated paneer and thick creamy yogurt. Divide into balls and roll in crushed spices, chili flakes and more sesame seeds and then fry! 

 

 STRAWBERRY, SPINACH AND GOAT'S CHEESE SALAD

More health, but the combination of sweet strawberries and sharp goat's cheese or curd makes this salad a bit more special than your average green meal.

 

STUFFED VEAL ROLLS

You don't have to use veal, pretty much any boneless meat will do. Chicken breast and pork loin are both winners in this dish. 

Flatten the meat and spread a smooth cheese, like Spreadable Blacksticks Blue or Farmhouse Cheddar, all the way along before topping with spinach, rolling, baking, slicing and devouring.

 

SWEET RICOTTA PANCAKES

Whip the ricotta with some raw honey or vanilla and serve in delicate pancake cones along with some caramelized mirabelle plums or prunes.

 

COURGETTI SPAGHETTI

Spiralizing is big news for foodies right now, especially as bikini season forces us to think of our waistlines.

Adding a sprinkling of protein to your pretend pasta with crumbled pecorino or a sharp feta can make dieting far less boring.

And after all everyone knows the rule that fewer carbs means you can have more fats, right? 

BEHIND THE CHEESE: THE HISTORY OF SHEPHERDS PURSE 

M&S started to work with Shepherds Purse in 2013 when they introduced the delicious Yorkshire Blue cheese
Bluemin White, which is matured to develop a blue rind and nutty flavour with a smooth creamy texture

M&S started to work with Shepherds Purse in 2013 when they introduced the delicious Yorkshire Blue cheese (left), and this year have added the Bluemin White (right) and Yorkshire Fettle 

Shepherds Purse Cheeses began in 1989 when farmer’s wife Judy Bell put her passion for health, fine food and farming together with the aim of creating a great range of cheeses made with sheep’s milk. She bought a flock of sheep and began milking on the family farm in north Yorkshire. As her passion and skill developed, Judy added cheeses made with local cow’s milk to the range.

M&S started to work with Shepherds Purse in 2013 when they introduced the delicious Yorkshire Blue cheese, the first blue cheese to be made in Yorkshire for more than 30 years.

Founder Judy has now passed on the reins to her daughters Katie and Caroline, who work with a team of 20 dairy experts making award-winning artisan cheese on the family farm. Their speciality lies in making blue, blue mould ripened and soft white cheeses with a commitment to quality and great taste.

This summer M&S is announcing two more Shepherds Purse cheeses to the range; Bluemin White, which is matured to develop a blue rind and nutty flavour with a smooth creamy texture, and Yorkshire Fettle, with a distinctive fresh taste and soft crumbly texture.