Kentucky Beer Cheese on Toast
- TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
Welsh rarebit's American cousin—a punchy blend of cheese and beer melted over toast—is a classic horse-country dish. "You can open any fridge in Kentucky and find a tub of Hall's beer cheese in there," says Amber Huffman. "It's one of the regional dishes Jess Jackson likes to eat when he's here."
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- 1 pound extra-sharp cheddar, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3/4 cup dark beer
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- Toasted baguette slices from 2 baguettes
- Sliced tomatoes
- In a food processor, combine the cheddar with the beer, garlic, mustard and cayenne and blend until smooth. Season the beer cheese with salt.
- Preheat the broiler. Spread the toasts with the beer cheese and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil the toasts 6 inches from the heat for about 2 minutes, rotating the pan, until the cheese is bubbling and browned around the edges. Top with tomato slices and serve.
Dark beer would be more appropriate with this down-home dish, but Huffman is just as happy with a Kendall-Jackson Riesling, whose zippy acidity is a good complement to sharp cheese.
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