So I haven’t had a turn at the blog for a while, and Kristy and I were trying to pick a good recipe for me to blog. We were searching for Welsh recipes a couple of weeks back and came to the recipe for Welsh Rarebit that’s featured today and I said, “Wow, that sounds like really good hangover food. I’ll blog that one.” To which Kristy replied, “You’re not going to tell some story about me being hung over, are you?” Of course not. I was planning on telling the story of my fluency in Welsh, but sadly she stole my thunder. I’ll add only one thing about her letter in Welsh–there was no way she wasn’t getting another date.
After that, add 3/4 cup of beer–we used Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, which was actually really good on its own, I felt a little bit of regret pouring it into the saucepan. Only a little, though, since soon I’d have the sauce.
One thing we’re always curious about is whether it’s OK to serve food with alcohol in the recipe to the kids. We cook with wine all the time, and make a vodka cream sauce pretty regularly as well. Here’s a not-at-all handy chart to figure out how much alcohol is left after cooking. Go to page 12 for alcohol to learn that 15 minutes of stirring and simmering leaves 40% of the alcohol. Believe it or not, according to the chart, setting it on fire leaves much more alcohol behind–75%.
We poured this over four thick slices of toast made from some rosemary garlic bread, which seemed like a good match. I’d recommend anything you might dip in cheese fondue for the bread. The recipe called for four slices of toast, but there was plenty of sauce for six slices, even thick ones. It went a long way. A couple of drops of Cholula hot sauce on top, and we were ready to go.
In the end, we decided to give Mr. N and Miss A a taste, and they’re glad we did. Mr. N wanted more, and Miss A even went so far as to sop up some drips with her apple. Kristy and I liked it too. As it cools, it thickens up and the texture changes. Both ways are good, though I preferred it hot and runny. I also think it would be good to slap a fried egg over the top before putting the mixture on, but it was great without.
The final tally was 3 spoons all around. Not quite 4 spoons, though maybe all that was missing was the hangover.
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