Although I eat plenty of chocolate when it comes to savoury food, one of my favourite snacks is cheese on toast. Being a bit of an expert in the field I can tell you that Red Leicester is the best for grilling, although I have experimented with various different types.
Something new and exciting caught my eye in the cheese section of Waitrose, and I found myself looking curiously at a couple of new variants. Both Lea and Perrins and Heinz Tomato Ketchup have launched their own flavoured cheese slices. With cheese on toast in mind, I added both to my basket.
First we decided to try the wonders of Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cheese. The cheese is VERY delicate. I’m not sure I can express just how fiddly it was to remove the slices of cheese, even with the grease proof paper to guide it, it became a delicate procedure. I popped it on my toast, and set it off for grilling. The cheese was surprisingly mild in flavour, like a very gentle creamy cheese taste in the background. More like Wensleydale than anything else. The ketchup was the more dominant flavour and it added a nice sweet tomato taste throughout. Although I was trying in on toast, I have to say it would be ideal for topping a barbequed burger on a hot summer’s day.
Next up was the Lea and Perrins, and I have to confess to being a bit of a Lea and Perrins addict when it comes to cheese on toast, I don’t think you can ever add enough! I gently manoeuvred the cheese slice on top of my bread, and found it to be equally as delicate as the previous version. I was impressed to find that this slice had a much stronger cheese taste, like a good strong cheddar, and to be honest I preferred that. The Lea and Perrins was rich and generous too, it tasted like it had been doused in the sauce, which is much more up my street. This cheese slice was rich strong and tangy and it is definitely one I will be buying again.
I think both new flavours are very innovative and it’s nice to see something new like this on the shelves. When it comes to cheese on toast the Lea and Perrins with its zingier taste gets my vote. I will however pick up a pack of the Ketchup variety next time I’m doing burgers. The lady at the till said to me that she there was a Tobasco version on the way too, so I’ll keep my eye out for that as well!