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Welsh Rarebit or Rabbit

This is the meal that gets picked the most when I say it's kids' choice for dinner: a smooth cheese sauce poured over toast or English muffins, sprinkled with paprika.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 Tsp dry mustard
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 12 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • paprika to taste

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the dry mustard and stir and cook another minute. (I typically put the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes while I'm doing this as it's easier to make a smooth white sauce if the milk is warmed a bit.)
  • Gradually add the milk, using a whisk to mix it in so you get a nice smooth sauce. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time so it doesn't scorch. When it's thickened up a bit, reduce the heat to low and add the beer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring.
  • Turn the heat way down or off and add the grated cheese a handful at a time, stirring until melted. Stir in the Worcestershire and cayenne.
  • Toast some English muffins or sourdough bread or whatever you have around and spoon the cheese sauce over the top, sprinkling with paprika.