Welsh Rarebit, from the NY Times
As I said above, the things that Theo takes into his body are predominately alcohol and drugs. When he is fending for himself in Vegas he eats chips and leftover munchies from the bar his father's girlfriend works in. Before he leaves New York, when he first meets Hobie, he is served this cheesy toast dish that perfectly captures the warmth, comfort and safety that Hobie represents to Theo. Hobie makes this cheesy bread during one of Theo's visits and it is the first food Theo wants to eat after his mother's death. While it is not referred to as Welsh Rarebit in the novel this is exactly the kind of dish that the traditional, patrician Hobie would throw together. It is a cheesy bear sauce spread over bread and broiled until it is bubbly. A perfect lunch for a snowy, cold February afternoon.
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup dark stout beer
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 lb shredded sharp cheddar
1/4 cup milk (optional)
4 - 8 pieces lightly toasted bread (I used my favorite rye, which was delicious)
- Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
- As butter melts whisk in flour.
- Whisk flour and butter and cook over medium heat until lightly browned - 5 - 7 minutes.
- Whisk in the mustard and cayenne, then add the beer and Worcestershire.
- Bring the heat to low and add the cheesy - whisking until smooth. Add the milk if the sauce is grainy or dry, whisk until smooth.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and pour into a container.
- The the sauce cool until it is spreadable.
- Preheat broiler.
- Spread a thick layer of cheese sauce onto bread. Put bread under broiler until it browns and bubbles - a few minutes (watch closely)