Serve this classic with a crisp, fresh salad using things like slices of peppery radish, crisp green apple and zingy spring onions together with a good sharp dressing, or just enjoy on its own as a bit of a sneaky snack. Either way, just totally yum. It’s melted cheese after all, you can’t go that far wrong!
Makes 8 toasts
1 tbsp of butter
25g plain flour
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
A good splash of Worcestershire sauce
2.5oz cider, beer, white wine… Whatever you have open
4oz strong cheddar, grated
Freshly ground black pepper
8 slices of a fresh crusty baguette, sliced diagonally
Sprinkle of paprika
Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook it out for a few minutes. Stir in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce, and then slowly add the booze element. When all the liquid is fully incorporated, add half the grated cheese and black pepper. Stir until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Turn the grill, or broiler, on high.
Spread the cheesy mixture on the 8 pieces of bread and the distribute the remaining grated cheese over the top. Sprinkle a little paprika over the top and another dash of Worcestershire sauce on each, and pop under the grill until the cheese is bubbling and browning.
Don’t burn your mouth trying to eat them too fast. It hurts… I’ve heard 😉