>Bacon & Cheese Toasts


Ahh…BaconCheese…can’t go wrong. Sometimes, you just want something to graze or snack on when enjoying a good pint, rather than a full meal. This easy snack gets rids of those munchies, and really compliments a good, strong bitter.
You will need:
2 large knobs of butter
Bloomer Loaf
Plain flour
Chopped and fried smoked bacon or ham
Wholegrain Mustard
Cheese of your choice – I would go for smoky or strong tasting cheese. Or more than one kind – the choice is yours!! Manchego is very good with this, as is Lincolnshire Poacher. You want something with bite.

1. Ok – first thing’s first – preheat your grill to about 180c.
2. To make a simple béchamel sauce, melt your butter in a pan, and when melted sprinkle flour over it, slowly, stirring or whisking at the same time. The butter will thicken into a paste. At this point, add milk and whisk; but slowly and a little at a time. You want a thick sauce, so don’t add too much milk.
3. To the sauce add two teaspoons of wholegrain mustard, and the cooked bacon.
4. Stir, and then grate in about 100g of cheese.
5. Leave the sauce to combine whilst you slice some big slices of crusty or bloomer bread.
6. Top the bread with the sauce, top again with more cheese (the more the better!!) and then grill for 5-8 minutes. You want the bread to toast around the edges, and the cheese to bubble and melt on top.

Done. Eat at once, with a good, strong bitter – I enjoyed mine with York’s Yorkshire Terrier – Perfectly robust enough to stand up to all that good smokiness from the bacon and cheese. The addition of mustardy béchamel sets this posh toast -topping apart.

About leighgoodstuff

Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 19/04/2009, in food and beer in Yorkshire, food and beer matches, yorkshrie terrier beer. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. >Bloody Hell, Leigh. I love my toasted bacon and cheese (usually smeared with wholegrain mustard as it happens), but this is taking it to new heights! Sinful, if you believe in that kind of thing. Must try it 😀

  2. >Awesome! I adore cheese on toast, especially with a beer. For me that’s a perfect lunch. This sounds fantastic with the bacon. Nice one.

  3. >Yum!This is delicious Leigh! I’m making this today. Glad I ran into your blog.Hope you wont mind but I’d love to direct Foodista readers to your site, just add this little widget here and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

  4. >just found your blog, and man does this ever look good!! I have to try it

  5. >Um, did you just make bacon Welsh rarebit? Because I just got a big crush on you. Good choice with a bitter (I’d hit a crispy lager or a really dry cider, too).

  6. >Seriously… divine!

  7. >Heather – i guess I did, yeah! and you’re totally right, something crisp or a good cider would also do this some serious justice.

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