Welsh Rarebit – British Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is great, sometimes even amazing.

But there are times when I crave something a bit more complex. A bit more adult. A bit more…dare I say…British?

And with barely any more ingredients or planning than grilled cheese, I can easily make that.

I can have something tangy, creamy, crunchy, and cheesy, that is complex and delicious, in 15 minutes tops.

Of course, I like to prepare it all whilst speaking in my best Oliver Twist cockney.

Welsh Rarebit

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

3 Tbs. flour

1/4 cup beer or sparkling wine

1/2 lb. cubed sharp cheddar cheese

1 tsp. mustard

dash of Worcestershire sauce

pinch of cayenne pepper

toast layered with ham and/or tomatoes

chives (optional)

1. Melt the butter over medium low heat in a saucepan. Meanwhile, layer your toast with the tomatoes and/or ham and place on a tinfoiled baking sheet.

2. Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk.

You will end up with a lumpy looking dough.

3. At this point, add your beer or sparkling wine.

Whisk until you have a smooth, velvety mixture.

4. Mix in your cheese, and whisk away until the cheese has mostly melted.

5. Add the mustard, cayenne, and Worcestershire sauce.

Continue mixing until the cheese has all melted. Taste for salt and seasonings, but be aware that it will be very acidic and tangy right now. Don’t worry, that will mellow out as you bake it.

6. Spoon over your toasts.

If that doesn’t look good, I just don’t know how to help you enjoy life.

7. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the top has started to char in parts and you just can’t wait any longer.

8. Top with chives and enjoy.

This – please pardon my expression – kicks ASS. It is similar to macaroni and cheese sauce, but is much punchier since it replaces milk with alcohol. Beer will give it more of a deep, wheaty taste, and wine will give it a lighter, more bright taste. It’s important to use the sharpest cheddar you can find here to offset the tangy mustard and buttery roux. There is a light crunch as your teeth sink though the top to the creamy interiors, topping juicy tomatoes or salty ham. This is a fantastic lunch, or even breakfast.

Hell, it’s so great, you might just decide to have another one for dessert.

…guv’nuh

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