Recipe by Mille®
An inexpensive but savoury dish. It may have originally been a French dish, as there are old French culinary references to "lapin gallois". When I was a child, our family had this as a bedtime snack a couple of times a week. Never tired of it.
Top Review by Leonard Cohen
This tastes just like I remember having in England. I served it with grilled sliced tomatoes on top, because that's how I remember it. And next time I might cut back on the ale, just a little, to make a thicker sauce.
- 4 slices dense, hearty brown bread
- 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 5 tablespoons dark ale (NOT beer)
- 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat a broiler.
- Place the bread slices on a baking sheet.
- Place under the broiler and toast, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 30-40 seconds on each side.
- Remove from the broiler.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cheddar and the dark ale.
- When the cheese melts, add the butter, Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and the cayenne, and whisk together until smoothly melted and combined, 1-2 minutes.
- Cut each piece of toast in half, diagonally, and arrange around the edges on a flameproof platter.
- Pour the cheese mixture over the toasts so they are covered completely.
- Place the platter under the broiler and broil until the cheese bubbles and starts to scorch in places, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the broiler and serve piping hot.