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Rarebit Spread


Also called a Welsh Rabbit, the name and origin of this little high tea morsel has been debated since the 1700's.  By the way, afternoon tea is for the aristocrats and high tea is for us working class blokes.

4-6 thick slices of crusty bread
4 tbs butter, softened, plus 1 tbs more for toasting
1 tsp prepared mustard
tsp Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of cayenne/red pepper
8 oz of grated cheddar cheese
2 tbs milk or ale/beer

Butter one side of the bread and toast under a hot broiler until golden. Mix together the remaining ingredients to create a cheese spread. Spread onto the un-toasted side of the bread and broil until brown and bubbly.

Serve warm with sliced tomatoes. (If you serve it topped with a poached egg, then it's called a Golden Buck. Do you think a guy came up with this?)

Serves 4-6 (one rarebit per person)

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