New Zealand Cheese Roll

The New Zealand Cheese roll, is a toasty, golden, glistening rolled bread that's filled with flavored cheese and served warm.

New Zealand Cheese Roll

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


2 people

“My closest cousin moved from the UK to New Zealand, a country I was dying to see, and had also gotten engaged since I’d seen her last, so I had to go visit. I was excited to visit her and to see this breathtaking country.

Upon arrival, while waiting for baggage to arrive, I walked up to a juice and coffee kiosk and ordered a fresh orange juice. I also spotted a thick piece of bread rolled with something that looked like cheese. I asked the lovely man for the “New Zealand Cheese Roll” as noted on the sign next to it and he politely said it would take a few minutes to toast with butter on top.

Butter? Yes, please! He handed me a toasty, golden, glistening rolled bread and warned me that it was hot. I sipped my juice and waited about a minute, then took a bite. Oh, my – the flavored cheese and buttered crispy bread was exactly what I needed at that moment. I finished my juice and cheese roll and was as good as new, ready to take on Queenstown!”


This recipe is courtesy of Neha Khullar, author of Palate Passport.


  • 1 loaf soft long white bread
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 packet onion soup, or French onion dip powder
  • Butter, melted


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2 In a saucepan on low heat, add the cheese, onions, evaporated milk, and onion soup or dip powder.
  • 3 Keep stirring while allowing the ingredients to melt into a smooth mixture.
  • 4 Once smooth, remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool for a minute.
  • 5 Spread a heaping spoon of the cheese on the bread and roll the bread into a log.
  • 6 Place on a butter-greased baking tray and generously brush with butter.
  • 7 Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bread turns golden brown.
  • 8 Remove and serve immediately.


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