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Toasted Cheese, or Welsh Rare-Bit


  • slices of bread
  • butter
  • Cheshire or Gloucester cheese
  • mustard
  • pepper


Cut the bread into slices about 1/2 inch in thickness; pare off the crust, toast the bread slightly without hardening or burning it, and spread it with butter. Cut some slices, not quite so large as the bread, from a good rich fat cheese; lay them on the toasted bread in a cheese-toaster; be careful that the cheese does not burn, and let it be equally melted. Spread over the top a little made mustard and a seasoning of pepper, and serve very hot, with very hot plates. To facilitate the melting of the cheese, it may be cut into thin flakes or toasted on one side before it is laid on the bread. As it is so essential to send this dish hot to table, it is a good plan to melt the cheese in small round silver or metal pans, and to send these pans to table, allowing one for each guest. Slices of dry or buttered toast should always accompany them, with mustard, pepper, and salt.

Time: About 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Sufficient: Allow a slice to each person.

Seasonable at any time.

Note: Should the cheese be dry, a little butter mixed with it will be an improvement.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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