Welsh rarebit with attitude

welsh rarebit

Makes 4 slices

  • 2 large free-range or organic egg yolks

  • 150 g crème fraîche

  • 1 level teaspoon English mustard powder

  • 100 g freshly grated Cheddar cheese

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons chilli jam, to taste

  • 4 x 2 cm thick slices of good-quality bread, (use sourdough or country style)

  • Worcestershire sauce

Preheat your grill and get it nice and hot. Whisk the egg yolks with the crème fraîche and mustard powder. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Now, I'm rather hoping you've had a go at making the chilli-pepper chutney, but if you haven't then you can cheat by using a good shop-bought version, or simply chop up a little fresh chilli, to your taste.



Lightly toast your slices of bread on both sides. Smear a good tablespoon of your chutney on to each slice, right to the edge, followed by a quarter of your rarebit mixture. By spreading it right to the edge, the crust won't burn. Grill until melted and bubbling. Divide on to plates. With a knife, criss-cross the topping and drizzle with Worcestershire sauce.

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To me this is the most brilliant lunch to have with a good pint of bitter or quality beer. Just the thought of it makes me smile. Let alone being in my favourite pub with the fire going as well. Heaven. PS My lovely editor, Lindsey, made this for her lunch the other day and decided to leave the eggs out of the mix as she didn't think they'd cook through under the grill. After giving her a hundred lines and various forms of torture, she now knows it's fine to include the eggs. They will cook through in this time. (As I said to Linds, 'Never doubt me, or the chilli jam won't be going on the toast!')

Preheat your grill and get it nice and hot. Whisk the egg yolks with the crème fraîche and mustard powder. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Now, I'm rather hoping you've had a go at making the chilli-pepper chutney, but if you haven't then you can cheat by using a good shop-bought version, or simply chop up a little fresh chilli, to your taste.

Lightly toast your slices of bread on both sides. Smear a good tablespoon of your chutney on to each slice, right to the edge, followed by a quarter of your rarebit mixture. By spreading it right to the edge, the crust won't burn. Grill until melted and bubbling. Divide on to plates. With a knife, criss-cross the topping and drizzle with Worcestershire sauce.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 431
    22%
  • Carbs 26.4g
    10%
  • Sugar 10.6g 12%
  • Fat 29g 41%
  • Saturates 16.7g 84%
  • Protein 14.6g 32%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 large free-range or organic egg yolks

  • 150 g crème fraîche

  • 1 level teaspoon English mustard powder

  • 100 g freshly grated Cheddar cheese

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons chilli jam, to taste

  • 4 x 2 cm thick slices of good-quality bread, (use sourdough or country style)

  • Worcestershire sauce