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Mature cheddar with pickled nuts

Mature cheddar with pickled nuts

Garnishes should greet your dish as a perfect counterbalance to existing flavours – our recipe for Mature Cheddar with Pickled Nuts does just that. Sweetened zests alongside pairings of caramelised nuts allow this pickling to accompany cheeses ranging from aged Cheddars to intense blues. Try our unique take on cheese and nuts.

30 min 4 servings
Nutty Cheesy


  • Castello® Tickler Mature Cheddar
  • 200 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 200 ml sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 4 sprigs lemon thyme
  • 200 g hazelnuts
  • 200 g walnuts


Castello Tickler Mature Cheddar is a delicious and versatile cheese. It is an excellent choice for an appetizer, simply broken out into smaller pieces, but it’s also ideal on the Christmas cheese board with some crunchy pickled nuts.

Pour the balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and simmer until the liquid has reduced by about a half. When reduced, the vinegar becomes less sharp; it can therefore also smell very strong when it reduces. Add lemon thyme, sugar and water to the reduced balsamic vinegar. Allow it to simmer until the sugar has dissolved and it has a syrupy consistency. Then turn in the nuts and leave to simmer for a couple of minutes. Tip the pickled nuts into a jam jar.