OK here’s one for the blokes.
As a kid I thought this dish was called “Welsh Rabbit”, and was disappointed to find that it contained no actual Bunny. I was heartened however to find that the traditional recipe called for beer! This is a grown-up version of grilled cheese on toast and it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or a late-night snack.
This recipe makes enough for about 4 slices of bread, i.e. one bloke. If you double it, just increase the cooking time by a couple of minutes.
110g tasty or extra tasty cheese
2tsp plain flour
30g beer or stout
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
½ tsp (or more) Worcestershire Sauce
½ tsp dried mustard (or your favourite mustard)
2 free range eggs (if you don’t have your own chooks I recommend you get some!)
Bread or English muffins (made in the Thermomix of course!) for toasting.
First, open the beer and taste it to ensure it’s good. Have another sip just to make sure.
Place the flour, salt, butter, milk, beer into the Thermomix bowl and cook at 90° for 6 minutes on speed 4 or until a thick consistency is achieved.
This is a good time to turn on the grill and get it heating up.
Test that beer again. Still OK? Good.
Add the cheese cut into small chunks, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and cayenne pepper.
Mix for 10 seconds at speed 7 to combine.
Then cook at 90° a further 2 minutes at speed 4.
Try the beer again. It’s very good, isn’t it?
Pop the bread in the toaster about now.
Now drop the eggs through the top and cook at 90° for another 2 minutes on Speed 3 or until a thick creamy consistency is achieved. If it looks too runny it can be cooked longer but the mixture will continue to thicken if left in the bowl.
Spread the gooey mixture over toasted bread and place under a moderately hot grill for approximately 3 minutes or until it begins to “skin”. Score the surface with a knife or fork then return to the grill for another 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Any beer left? No? Better get another then!
That’s it – enjoy! Best eaten in front of a TV with a football game on.
Variations: For a more “girlie” recipe you can omit the beer (Shock, horror!) and use cream instead. For more kick, add a little Tabasco sauce or Parmesan cheese.
Note to Steph: Yes I know, this is what comes from having too much time on my hands.