EZ Recipes For The Cooking Impared #3 - Welsh Rarebit

EZ Recipes for the Reluctant Cook #3

Cheese on Toast (sometimes called Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit…)

If you cook because you have to, or need to, and feel like cookbooks were written in some strange code, designed to baffle and intimidate, this is my attempt to hubhelp…

First, the measurements are all very approximate, which means that, as you cook, taste, to see if it has remained edible. Trial and error works (even the best cooks make mistakes), and after a couple of tries you should have a sense of what works for you.

So lets try this easy savory savior…

You will need:

A) Food…

1) Bread for toasting (anything not moldy or rock hard)



2) Grated Cheese (packet of mature cheddar from the supermarket will do – two cups, two to three-ish people, four cups four to six-ish people)


3) Mayonnaise (or Sour Cream)





4) Mustard


English = hot,




French = spicy,





American = milder, and the kids favorite





5) Honey (needs to be runny for mixing)


B) Stuff to make food in…

1) Big bowl


C) Cooking Equipment...

1) Toaster Oven or griddle or broiler (If you are totally stuck, you can place the prepared slices in foil and barbeque them, the important thing is that the cheese melts and the bread gets toasted)


D) Instructions…

1) Dump bag of grated cheese in bowl (If you are actually grating cheese with an actual grater you need to leave this page immediately and go to a proper recipe site for real cooks)

2) Add big dollop of mayonnaise

3) Add big dollop of mustard

4) Add big dollop of honey

5) Mix it up into big gooey ball (I use two dinner forks)

6) TASTE – very important. Too mustardy, add more honey and mayonnaise. Too sweet, add more mustard or a pinch of salt. Mess with it until you are, a) satisfied with the taste, or b) satisfied, maybe don’t taste so much next time?

7) Spread mixture in a thick layer onto the bread


E) Cooking part…

1) Stick under broiler/toaster (might want to put foil down first, this stuff drips and is messy – plus, added bonus, the dripped hard stuff is great to nibble on when cleaning up)

2) When topping is all bubbly and toast is not yet burnt, you are done


F) Could do’s…

1) Mix an egg or two into the mix for more protein

2) Bacon bits? Why not?

3) Onion (French’s crispy are great)

4) Soy Sauce, or Worcestershire Sauce, or Tabasco Sauce? Go for it, get creative

5) If feel your inner gourmet coming on, you could make the sauce in a saucepan, melt butter, add a little flour, add cheese (don’t add mayonnaise) add mustard and honey, then put it on bread and bake in the oven or toast it.


There are so many possibilities, but now you have the basic idea, just add and subtract ingredients until you have your own version. Remember the successes and repeat!

(“Real” Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit is hard to pin down as there are so many versions, but they all involve toasting cheese and leaving any and all bunnies unmolested)


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sueroy333 6 years ago from Indiana

Yummm. I love the pictures.

Thanks for making it clear about not using rabbits. Until I got to the end it was touch and go for Mr. Bugsy.


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ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Sue,

Now if the pictures could be printed out on an Epson 4000 Foodmaker...

No small aninmals were harmed in the making of this hub:)

Chris


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Lady Wordsmith 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Mayonnaise, mustard and honey with your cheese on toast, are you kidding?! That sounds awful, lol ;) But I still may try it!

Cheese on toast works best for me with Wensleydale cheese (technically not a melting cheese, but actually does melt very nicely and strangely), or with medium cheddar and Worcestershire sauce. Eggy bread is also a possibility in my house. I also push the boat out from time to time and try different kinds of bread ... ooh, adventurous I am :)

Anyway, I shouldn't even be here - I grate my cheese with an actual grater!

Linda.


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ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Linda,

These recipes are to help my friend Sueroy333, who is funny as hell, but apparently burns water. Grate your own cheese...good grief!

I miss the local English cheeses, though some can be found here (at a cost). Fortunately I am well stocked up on Marmite and Typhoo Tea Bags, so I survive the worst privations of exile...

I have yet to persuade my American friends that cheddar cheese with marmelade is worth eating. Sweet and savory, what coud be wrong with that?

I really miss good Indian food, though if I were back in the UK I would crave Mexican food, oh the traivails of the international set...

Chris


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Lady Wordsmith 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

I see you enjoy sweet and savoury TOGETHER! Mmm, I think our tastes differ enormously :) No, cheddar cheese and marmalade would not be for me! Mind you, duck and plum sauce, chicken with a honey glaze - they work.

We do have some excellent Indian restaurants in my town - oooh, I'm hungry! We only have one Mexican, and it's not very good. My own Mexican cooking is better :)

Should never read posts on food before breakfast ...

Linda.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yum and you cook too! Wow! I'm going to try it - since I now know actual rabbits weren't used!


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

OK - what the heck is a real housewife doing here? I started these to help Sue who is, well, culinarily challenged, would be a nice way of putting it, not actual real people who cook.

Yes I cook, I'm the househusband remember...

C :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am curious about everything - I was going to read something else on your page but this was too eye catching to pass up! I love to cook too - that's part of the real in the whole housewife part:)


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

RH,

Thought as much, glad the pictures hooked you - this was actually a favorite of mine growing up. If mom was out of the house, dad would whip up these cheesy delights for us!

C


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am also a cheese lover - but at least it's good for you! I've been making pasta with a little browned butter and mizithra cheese a lot lately - so easy and yummy!

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