Aberdeen Apple & Cheese Meat Roll

This lovely old Meat Roll recipe from Aberdeen is one of my fave picnic foods in the Summer months. As the weather gets cooler though you can also enjoy this delicious meat roll hot served with a good helping of cosy root vegetables. I have tried to create my favourite variety in this recipe for Apple and Cheese its so delicious.

The full recipe can be viewed in the Youtube video below or you can also skip to the bottom of this page for the full printable.

Aberdeen Meat Roll Youtube Video Recipe

This delicious meat roll is a classic Scottish recipe from the Aberdeenshire area and is lovely as a late Summer/early Autumn picnic food. Its delicious served with a selection of fresh salad items or served warm with a bowl of cosy root vegetables. This lovely Aberdeen Meat Roll is delicious served hot or cold and we enjoy it equally both ways.

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This delicious Aberdeen Meat Roll recipe is quick to throw together and in the short video above you can see how easy the recipe really is. That makes it an easy recipe to throw together for the family.

Once cooled this recipe makes delicious picnic food and a filling for a good roll. Both work well with a good helping of salad items and some chutney.

This recipe is my favourite version of meat roll with Apples and Cheese. You can make your own variations on this though by using other ingredients.

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Top View Aberdeen Meat Roll

If you like the sound of this recipe you may also enjoy some of my other delicious recipes at this time of year. I love my popular creamy chicken pie its so delicious and easy to make. Another favourite of mine at this time of year is the delicious Beef and Dumpling Stew recipe its such a delicious Scottish classic.

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Tips for making this delicious Aberdeen Meat Roll recipe…

If you want to have this for picnic food you need to make this the night before so that it is completely cool before slicing up for salad or sandwiches.

A selection of fresh seasonal salad items works really well with this delicious Aberdeen Meat Roll when it is cold but if you want to serve it hot a handful of boiled tatties and a selection of seasonal root vegetables are delicious with this meat roll.

I don’t serve this with a gravy but if you want to serve it hot a gravy might be a nice addition to this dish. A good chutney is delicious with the cold sliced meat roll. I like an onion chutney or a rhubarb chutney works well too.

Try covering the meat roll with a kitchen foil when it is cooking so that the top of the Meat Roll doesn’t burn. If you want a crispy top though to serve hot take it off 15 minutes before the end of cooking.

You can serve this recipe with gravy if serving hot or even make up a quick apple sauce by cooking down some chopped apples, a wee bit onion and mashing with a little butter and stock.

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Aberdeen Meat Roll Recipe

Aberdeen Meat Roll Recipe

A delicious local meat loaf style recipe with apples and cheese. Recipe can be served hot or cold.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4


  • 1 1lb Loaf Tin I used a silicone tin


  • 500 g Mince Beef
  • 190 g Streaky Bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1 med Onion chopped
  • 85 g Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 med Apple grated
  • 90 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 160C (fan oven) and grease up a 1lb loaf tin.
  • Add the minced beef into a large mixing bowl and break up with a fork to remove any lumps.
  • Add in the streaky bacon, chopped onion, rolled oats, worchestershire sauce, mustard powder, egg, grated apple, grated cheese and salt and pepper and mix through well.
  • You can use a spoon to mix everything through but I find it easier with my hands.
  • Pat all the mince mixture into a well greased loaf baking tin and cover with foil.
  • Bake in the oven at 160C for approximately 1 hour or until cooked through.
  • Leave to cool with the tin foil on the top if you are eating cold with salad or sandwiches. Otherwise serve it up hot with sauce and warm vegetables.


I find it easier to use my hands to mix up everything for this recipe but if you don’t like the thought of raw meat on your hands you could use appropriate gloves instead or a good stand mixer. 

If you enjoyed this recipe you may also enjoy these recipes in the colder months – The Best Cheese Scones recipe , Scottish Beef and Vegetable Pies , Orkney Cheese & Chicken Pinwheels , Creamy Irish Potato Soup .

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3 thoughts on “Aberdeen Apple & Cheese Meat Roll

  1. Lesley Dunbar

    Great to see this traditional recipe with your lovely apple and cheese twist. Brings back happy memories from sixty plus years ago watching my great aunt Rosie in our kitchen making it. The only difference was, it was steamed in a traditional ceramic jar, which I still have. I’ll give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing.

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