Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thinking Outside the Cheese Box

Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit is a traditional English dish, made by melting butter and Cheddar or Cheshire cheese with some ale or milk, and a little mustard. This cheese sauce is poured over hot buttered toast and there you have it. I have obtained this recipe from my 1930s edition of Mrs Beeton's Cookery. Mrs. Beeton knows what she's doing.

Alas, the authors of 500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes (1952) did not. That is a rather ambitious number of sandwiches. It stands to reason that out of 500 of anything, some of them aren't going to be much good.

Case in point: the variation on Welsh Rabbit (or Rarebit) in this book.

Peanut-Butter Rarebit

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
6 Tbs peanut butter
1 tsp salt
4 slices toast

Beat eggs slightly, add milk, peanut butter and salt. Cook in double boiler 12 minutes and pour over hot buttered toast. Serves 4.

This is such a terrible idea, I really don't know what to say. I don't even know whether to regret or rejoice that there is no photograph of Peanut-Butter Rarebit. Instead you can enjoy looking at the front cover of the book, above, in which asparagus spears are reclining on tomato slices and burnt toast, pinned there by a tourniquet of toasted cheese.

So that's where the cheese went.


Rochelle R. said...

Oh my, that truly sounds revolting. My husband loves peanut butter on toast but I know he would not touch that recipe.

nbm said...

Don't hold back, tell us what you really think!