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6 Easy Red Leicester Cheese Substitutes: Amp Up Flavor

Alright folks, we gotta talk about cheese. Ever found yourself in a bit of a pickle, craving that creamy, tangy taste of Lancashire cheese but don’t have any on hand?

We’ve all been there. So, what’s the backup plan? Don’t panic—We’ve got you covered with some easy substitutes that will make you forget you ever ran out.

Think of this as your quick guide to cheesiness. Let’s jump right in.

6 Easy Substitutes for Red Leicester Cheese

For those who aren’t as familiar with Lancashire cheese, it’s a crumbly, buttery cheese with a sharp tang. It’s often used in dishes like mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches to add an extra layer of flavor. But if you don’t have any on hand, these substitutes will do the trick:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dishes
Cheddar CheeseSharp, TangyFirm1:1Sandwiches, Mac and Cheese, Burgers
Gouda CheeseNutty, CreamySemi-soft1:1Grilled Cheese, Cheese Platters
Colby CheeseMild, MellowSemi-hard1:1Casseroles, Quesadillas, Cheese Boards
Double GloucesterRich, ButteryFirm1:1Cheese Platters, Baked Dishes
Edam CheeseMild, NuttySemi-hard1:1Salads, Snacks, Sandwiches
Havarti CheeseCreamy, MildSemi-soft1:1Melts, Cheese Boards, Wraps

1 – Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is the go-to for a reason. It’s versatile, readily available, and packs a similar punch to Lancashire. We suggest using it in a 1:1 substitution.

We once ran out of Lancashire and threw cheddar in our mac and cheese. Guess what? It tasted fantastic. Cheddar brings a milder tang but still melts beautifully.

If you’re curious about other great cheddar substitutes, check out our detailed guide on cheddar cheese substitutes.

2 – Gouda Cheese

Ever tried Gouda cheese? It’s an excellent substitute for Lancashire cheese. Gouda is rich, creamy, and slightly sweet, making it perfect for our mac and cheese nights. We use Gouda in a 1:1 ratio, just like we would Lancashire.

Gouda melts like a dream. It adds a smooth texture to our grilled cheese sandwiches, too. Talk about versatility! Once, we swapped Lancashire for Gouda in our favorite casserole recipe. It was a hit.

Looking for other cheese options? Check out our article on Gouda cheese substitutes.

3 – Colby Cheese

Let’s talk about Colby cheese. It’s a solid choice. Colby is milder and creamier than Lancashire, giving it a smooth feel in your mouth.

We love swapping Colby in our mac and cheese. It’s not as tangy as Lancashire, but it melts beautifully and adds a creamy texture.

Use it in a 1:1 ratio. Every time we used Colby instead, the results were super tasty.

For more options, read our Colby Jack cheese substitutes.

4 – Double Gloucester Cheese

For those who want to flex their cheese knowledge, we suggest trying Double Gloucester. It’s a traditional English cheese that’s semi-hard and has the same sharp tang as Lancashire.

Double Gloucester is crumbly like Lancashire, so use it in a 1:1 ratio. This cheese adds an extra layer of flavor to our dishes without overpowering them.

It also pairs well with fruit and crackers for a quick snack. Let’s hear it for versatility!

5 – Edam Cheese

In case you haven’t heard, edam cheese is pretty dang good. It’s a semi-hard, mild cheese with a buttery texture and nutty flavor.

If you’re out of Lancashire, don’t be afraid to swap in edam. Use it in a 1:1 ratio, and you won’t be disappointed.

Edam melts well too, so it’s perfect for recipes like mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches. And let’s be honest, sometimes we just eat it on its own too.

Check out our guide to edam substitutes for even more ideas.

6 – Havarti Cheese

Last but not least, let’s talk about Havarti. Havarti is creamy, semi-soft, and melts like a dream. We recommend a 1:1 ratio when substituting for Lancashire cheese.

Havarti brings a mild, buttery flavor. It’s perfect for dishes that need a little extra smoothness. Our grilled cheese sandwiches always come out delicious with Havarti.

Havarti works well in mac and cheese. We find it adds a luxurious texture that’s hard to beat. Sometimes, we even snack on it with crackers.

If you’re curious about other options, check out these Havarti cheese substitutes. Enjoy experimenting!