How to Make Southland Cheese Rolls

A cheese roll is a snack food, mainly concocted in the South Island of New Zealand, consisting of a cheese-and-onion filling rolled up in a slice of bread. It is very simple to make and only takes approximately 30-45 minutes to prepare and toast. This recipe produces 8 rolls.


  • 150g cheese, preferably edam, cut or grated into small portions
  • 5 tablespoons of evaporated milk, also known as unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon French Onion Soup mix (powder only)
  • 1/4 medium sized onion, a little less to be sure
  • 8 slices of white bread, removing crusts optional
  • butter (amount is optional, not much is needed)
  • 8 toothpicks


  1. 1
    Combine grated cheese, evaporated milk, chopped onion and soup mix powder in one medium sized bowl. Mix until mixture has a thick consistency, like very thick porridge.
    • Ensure that the mix is not too watery. In that case, add a little more onion, cheese and soup mix.
    • Use a wooden mixing spoon. Use it to mix firmly and break bits of cheese.
    • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Between 150-200 is ok.
  2. 2
    Lay out the slices of bread. Make sure they are put on a flat, clean surface and are evenly spread out.
  3. 3
    Spoon the filling on top of each slice. Using a tablespoon is convenient. Spread out the mix once placed on the bread using the back of the spoon.
    • Add little by little to ensure each roll has enough filling each.
    • Avoid spreading right to the edges as it may melt and spill while cooking.
  4. 4
    Roll up each slice. Press firmly.
    • Use a toothpick to keep the rolls in shape. Stab it inside, close to the top.
  5. 5
    Spread butter evenly on top of each roll. This allows the bread to come out crispy and tasty.
    • Avoid using excessive butter.
  6. 6
    Position the baking paper on the baking tray. Position each roll evenly on the paper.
    • Make sure the oven is preheated.
    • Double check to see if everything is in order.
  7. 7
    Open the oven cautiously. Use oven mitts or a towel.
    • Lift the tray into the top shelf, preferably.
    • Position it right in the middle for the best results.
  8. 8
    Allow to toast. Check every minute or so for progress.
    • Remove from the oven once the bread looks perfectly browned and any straying cheese is cooked.
    • Allow to cool.
  9. 9
    Serve fresh. Remove the toothpicks.
    • Storing the rolls can be done, but the product will not have its original flavour and texture.


  • Make sure the oven is preheated. It is best to preheat the oven before doing anything.


  • Make sure the rolls are checked on! They might burn if not.

Things You'll Need

  • A wooden mixing spoon
  • A regular tablespoon
  • A large or medium bowl
  • A knife and cutting board
  • A grater (optional)
  • An oven or griller
  • 8 toothpicks
  • a flat baking tray
  • baking paper

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