Irish Guinness Rarebit Cheese on Toast
The simplicity of cheese on toast and the satisfaction it can yield is off the scale and at this time of the year when you need quick and easy no fuss meals, it is a good recipe to resurrect. I know cheese, bread and New Year Resolutions may not be the best combination, but why not. I strongly believe in everything in moderation. You may even have a fridge full of leftover cheese from Christmas and if you do this is a great recipe to use them up.
Cheese on toast takes me right back to my childhood. I loved half and half cheese on toast, the bread only toasted on one side, in those 1980’s TV grills you may remember?
This Christmas I definitely overbought on the cheese front, so I made this Irish Rarebit with my leftovers and it was so filling we each had a slice each and it saw us through to the evening meal, accompanied by a glass of Guinness.
Let’s be honest you never go wrong with any melted cheese on toast. If you are using leftover I would keep quite a high proportion of cheddar maybe 1/2 -3/4 cheddar and the balance of any other cheese, blue, stilton, brie or any others. This way you are guaranteed that the cheese melts and bubbles.
- 2 tablespoons Guinness (can be omitted if you don't have it)
- a level teaspoon of English mustard
- ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 5 drops or to taste Tabasco sauce
- 1 organic egg
- 250g of grated Cheddar cheese
- 4 slices sourdough bread or your favourite loaf
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
- Toast four slices of bread lightly and spread the rarebit mixture on top of each slice.
- Bake the bread for about 5 -10 minutes until the cheese looks as if it has changed texture and forms a glossy mass.
- Then turn the oven to grill and until the cheese bubbles and turns golden brown.
- Serve with a side salad or its tasty on its own.
Instead of Guinness you can use white wine, ale or beer.