According to Times Online, a rare invention will hit the eBay market soon, thanks to the master chef & historian Tom Bridge.Â Bridge has reinvented the Welsh rarebit and it is not a wee bit rarer at $605 a slice.
The Welsh rarebit snack dates from the 18th century and is also known as toasted cheese or cheese on toast.Â The snack is made by blending grated cheese with beer or a little milk and butter adding some seasoning (usuallyÂ mustard)Â and spreading the mixture onto hot toast and then grilled.Â
The cheeses most often used in the Welsh rarebit are Lancashire, Cheddar or Double Gloucester.Â Â Tom BridgeÂ will use the finest ofÂ ingredients for his Welsh rarebit, including Umbrian truffles and matsutake mushrooms which are so valuable that they are harvested under armed guard.Â Â BridgeÂ has optedÂ to use Warburtons Toastie bread and Lancashire cheese.Â The chef will be just in time for National Cheese on Toast Day on April 27.
A version of the snack is to be auctioned on eBay and the winner wll get a personal visit from the chef, who will cook the dish in the winnerâ€™s home.Â Wow, that is something I would love to see.Â Good luck & start bidding!
Here is a Food Network Welsh Rarebit Recipe for your eating pleasure:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup porter beer
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 6 ounces (approximately 1 1/2 cups) shredded Cheddar
- 2 drops hot sauce
- 4 slices toasted rye bread
In a medium saucepan over low heat- melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking constantly for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to brown the flour.
Whisk in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add beer and whisk to combine. Pour in cream and whisk until well combined and smooth. Gradually add cheese, stirring constantly, until cheese melts and sauce is smooth; this will take 4 to 5 minutes.
Add hot sauce. Pour over toast and serve immediately.