Cheesy Christmas Traditions

The aftermath of Christmas is a funny thing. You’re still full from Christmas Day but there’s still so much food around the house that you do your part in making sure it doesn’t go to waste (you’re helpful like that).

The days are a bit of a quality street induced haze and they all start to blend into one. You fall into the routine of food comas, snoozing by the fire and watching whatever terrible Christmas movies are on TV.

Our family have a Boxing day tradition of having a fancy cheese on toast brunch. It’s comforting, soaks up all the alcohol from Christmas day (because we all got a little bit too merry) and just hits the spot.

It’s a Delia Special (Mum’s cooking guru) and you will need:

1 large tablespoon chopped fresh sage
half an onion (grated)
250 g mature Cheddar cheese (grated)
1 teaspoon mustard powder
4 tablespoons brown ale
1 large egg (beaten)
4-5 large, thick slices of a good-quality white bread (we managed to get 5 slices out of this recipe)
2 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cayenne pepper

Start by grating your onion.

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Add all your ingredients into a bowl apart from the white bread and cayenne pepper.

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Then mix them all together.

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Toast your bread until it’s golden brown.

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Then leave on a cooling rack for a few minutes (this will make it go nice and crispy).

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Once your toast has cooled you’re ready to spread your mixture.

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Evenly spread the mixture to all four corners of the bread. Try not to leave any toast on show otherwise it will burn.

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Sprinkle a light, or generous, amount of cayenne pepper on top (depends how much of a kick you like).

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Then you’re ready to place your cheesy toast under the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes but it’s best to keep an eye on them to see when the cheese has gone molten, golden and is bubbling.

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So, so simple but so good!

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Leave to cool for a sec so you don’t burn your fingers and pop open a bottle of Prosecco to wash it all down with (if you can stomach it). Hair of the dog ‘n’ all!

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I apologise if everyone is sticking to their New Years resolutions of having a healthier year. This is not exactly a slimmers world friendly recipe, however it’s certainly a worthy weekend treat! I haven’t quite got to grips with my resolutions yet..it all starts on Monday.

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So for now..Bon Appétit!

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