It kept raining today. Then it started to hail. HAIL! In Los Angeles. Armageddon is right around the corner.
Since yesterday's post about the legends of Welsh Rabbit, I got a hankering. Plus, I felt guilty writing about something that I hadn't recently eaten or made. So, off I headed to Andrew's Cheese Shop when the bell rang at the office for a high quality cheddar and a little inspiration. He was a bit surprised that I was making Welsh Rabbit. Why? I said. Turns out, in his opinion people don't make it any more. I suggested that he re-introduce it during one of his Grilled Cheese nights, where he pairs all sorts of grilled cheese with all sorts of beers. It's perfect - cheese and beer in one bite. He said he'd think about it. We'll see...
So, updates to the recipie posted last night...
#1 - Be careful when grating your cheese! I cannot emphasize enough how much you do not want grated fingernail and thumb in your dinner! I managed to avoid any thumb, but there might have been some fingernail. Patience people! It will all get done, and in less than 20 minutes start to finish.
#2 - I don't actually have anything bad to say about 2 Tablespoons of butter. I just wanted to show you my cute cow butter holder. It's one of the few things I've managed to hang onto since my early bachelorette days. Moo.
#3 - Flavoring and texture. You might be better off with just 2 Tablespoons of flour. Three Tablespoons make for a really, really thick sauce (and probably precipitated the need for more beer. See #4) Also, I tasted a little more mustard than I would have liked in the final product. Maybe reduce dried mustard to 1/4 teaspoon and increase the Worcestershire sauce to 2 1/2 tablespoons. But, perhaps that's just me.
#4 - I found that there was no way that 1/2 cup of beer was going to be enough to give the cheese sauce enough fluidity to spread over our extra thick sliced toast. I added another 1/4 cup, and then another 1/4 cup. So, in the end, about one cup of beer seemed to do the trick. We used a great British dark ale, courtesy of Andrew's newly instated liquor sales license. Yay Andrew! Even with the cup in the sauce, there was enough left over for us to each enjoy a small glass of this rich, hoppy, brew with just a hint of sweetness. I wish I had a better taste vocabulary for beer. In any case, it was really good.
#5 - Try to find a nice loaf of bread, and slice it yourself. Darling Husband was in charge of slicing, and he went with one inch slices. Toasted to crispy but not too dark it served as the perfect platform.
At the end of the day, Darling Husband and I enjoyed a great dinner of cheese, bread and beer. A perfect food. And - to add to the success, DH remembered the smell and taste of our concoction from his childhood when his dad (the Scot) would whip up a batch of this easy, cheap (well, not so cheap with fancy imported beer and cheese, but you get the idea) snack. When you can tap into someone's olfactory memory, I'd say that's a job well done. Look at that gooey goodness! What's weird is that the flavors of Worcestershire, beer and mustard blend so well with the cheese that what you have at the end is an all new flavor. I'm still working on what the profile is, but it is rich. The mustard is crucial to keeping it from tasting flabby, and the Worcestershire adds it's magical blend of herbs and spices to make this cheese sauce so much more. Who needs rabbit (or filet mignon for that matter) when you have cheese and bread?
I had bought some broccoli, but somehow it never made the steamer...