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English Monkey

Another cheese dish that is frequently made in a chafing dish and served from it is English monkey, but this may likewise be made with ordinary kitchen utensils and served directly on plates from the kitchen or from a bowl on the table. A dish of this kind is most satisfactory if it is served as soon as the sauce is poured over toast or wafers and before they have had time to become soaked. English monkey may be made according to the following recipe and served for the same purposes as Welsh rarebit.

Sufficient to serve six.


  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup soft cheese cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 buttered wafers


Soak the bread crumbs in the milk. Melt the butter and add to it the cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted. Then add the soaked crumbs, the slightly beaten egg, and the salt. Cook for a few minutes and pour over wafers and serve. If desired, toast may be used in place of the wafers.


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Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Volume 2.

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