Saturday, 3 January 2015

Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Leeks & Fresh Thyme

Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Leeks & Fresh Thyme

Feeds 4-6
Preparation Time -10-15 minutes
Cooking Time - 4-5 minutes

4 Slices of good quality brown seeded loaf (or whatever your preference is) - Toasted
25g of butter
25g plain flour
1Tsp of Dijon
120ml Strong dark beer
1 Organic egg yolk
Sprinkle of white pepper
Sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
160g Mature cheddar
Dash of Worcester sauce

1 Large leek - Cut into 3, then finely sliced length ways
1 Knob of butter
5/6 Sprigs of fresh Thyme 

Begin by slicing up the your leek and cooking in butter with the thyme on a low heat until caramelised.
Melt your butter in a pan on a medium/low heat, once melted sprinkle in the flour and and stir, add in the Dijon and cook for a minute or so- be careful to not let it stick to the pan- continue to mix the whole time. Next gradually add in the beer and stir until you have a smooth mixture. You can now add in the egg yolk, again stirring thoroughly followed by the seasoning and then the 3/4 of the cheese, mix again until combined and smooth. 
Once the sauce is smooth and the cheese has fully melted, set to one side. 

Toast your bread and then share the caramelised leeks across the 4 slices- saving a small amount to garnish with, pour over the cheese sauce, add a dash of Worcester sauce, black pepper and place under the grill for 3-5 minutes until golden, garnish with remaining leeks and serve immediately.

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