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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."Plus: Grilled Cheese Recipes

April 2008

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total:
25 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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  • In a food processor, combine the cheddar with the beer, garlic, mustard and cayenne and blend until smooth. Season the beer cheese with salt.

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  • 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.

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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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