Spotlight on Our Sponsors: Belton Cheese

Here at the International Cheese Awards, we’re lucky enough to have a whole range of amazing sponsors. This month we’ll be taking a closer look at Belton Cheese; even better, we have some of their lovely cheese to give away to celebrate their success at this year’s awards as well as a recipe to try.

Award-Winning Cheeses since the Early 1800s

Belton Cheese is based at Belton Farm in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, where they have produced farmhouse cheese since the early eighteen hundreds, stopping only for a brief period during the Second World War. They now produce a huge range of cheeses, each of which is matured on-site in a purpose built cold store, and the high welfare standards upheld on the farm mean that Belton can display the Assured Food Standards Red Tractor symbol. Happy cows equal better cheese!

Belton Cheese and the International Cheese Awards

Belton have a proud record at the International Cheese Awards, but 2014 was a great year even by their own high standards. A full list of their Gold, Silver and Bronze winning entries can be seen on their website at http://www.beltoncheese.co.uk/belton_awards_2014_1a.htm (including my two personal favourites, the Double Gloucester with Onion & Chive and the Vintage Red Fox), but suffice to say they were deserving winners of the Trophy for Highest Number of Points Overall. Here’s to more success in 2015!

Win Belton Cheshire Cheese in our Twitter Competition

To celebrate their recent triumph at the International Cheese Awards, Belton have kindly donated some of their award-winning Cheshire Cheese for us to give away in this month’s Twitter competition – see @icheeseawards for more details. They’ve also passed on this delicious recipe for us to try – I always knew cheese was healthy! And if you’re not lucky enough to win any, you can still pick up some Belton Cheese at most major supermarkets to make this beautiful salad. Happy cooking!

Superfood Cheshire Salad

This colourful, tasty salad is packed with nutritious ingredients to help keep you healthy. The addition of cheese gives it an extra protein punch too! Serves 4 (unless one of them’s me); preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time 4 minutes. Suitable for vegetarians.

Ingredients:

  • 200g (7oz) broccoli, broken into florets
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 100g bag spinach, watercress and rocket salad
  • 125g (5oz) Belton Cheshire cheese, cut into cubes
  • 100g (4oz) seedless red grapes, halved
  • 25g (1oz) mixed nuts and seeds
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  • Cook the broccoli in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, until just tender. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly, then drain thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, peel the oranges with a sharp, serrated knife to remove all the pith. Do this over a large salad bowl to catch the juice. Segment the oranges, removing the pith, then put them into the bowl. Add the red onion, vinegar, mustard and olive oil, stirring gently to mix.
  • Add the broccoli, salad leaves, Belton Cheshire cheese and grapes to the salad bowl. Toss gently to coat in the dressing, then share between four bowls or plates. Serve at once, sprinkled with mixed nuts and seeds and seasoned with black pepper.