Kirkham’s cheesey eggs – cheese-maker Graham Kirkham’s recipe

mrs-kirkhams-lancashire-cheese-recipe-eggs-bakedCheese-maker Graham Kirkham of Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheese has a favourite way to cook his creation that is creamy Lancashire – the way his mother (Ruth – the ‘Mrs Kirkham’) taught him:

“When I was young, playing outside in the garden, I’d be called in at night for teatime, and there’d be a big metal pie dish coming out of the oven, full of eggs and tomatoes and melted cheese, with a big loaf of crusty bread on the table for us all to tuck into.  Now I make this for my kids – but I make them individual little dishes that I steam, so the eggs aren’t quite as dry as they get in the oven. Topped with a pinch of Italian herbs, this is perfect.”  Graham Kirkham


Ingredients (for four people)

500g Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese, crumbled
4 eggs
2 ripe vine tomatoes, thinly sliced
Black pepper
Fresh crusty bread to serve
Italian Herbs (optional)


  1. Lightly butter four small dishes and divide Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese between them.  Make a well in the cheese in each dish and crack in an egg.
    Arrange the slices of tomato around the dishes and season with black pepper.
  2. Place the dishes in a deep-sided frying pan with about 2cm of water and cook on the hob until the eggs are set to your liking or pop into a pre warmed oven at 160 degrees for 12 –14 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the egg is still ‘dippy’
  3. Serve immediately with fresh crusty bread for dipping.

This recipe is one in a collection of recipes gleaned by The Courtyard Dairy from the cheese-makers themselves, detailing how they love to make amazing dishes with the odds and ends of cheese!  View more cheese-maker’s recipes here.

Andy and Kathy’s comment
A quick and tasty supper dish. Chatting to Graham he said that he sometimes dresses it up with sundried tomatoes and if in season dips chargrilled Asparagus as well as crusty bread.

Click here to buy Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese online via mail order by The Courtyard Dairy.


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