The Toasted Ale

2015-09-06
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

A golden, beer battered, toasted cheese sandwich… It is as delicious as it sounds strange.

Wifey was the one who found this recipe so all credit goes to her.

I have tried this with 2 different kinds of beer and both were delicious. First was Steamrail Golden Ale and second was Bridge Road Chestnut Pilsner. Both beers have distinctive flavours and were equally as tasty in sandwich form. I personally think the golden ale was better as it was a little sweeter but only fractionally.

I am going to try this again with a dark beer / porter. I think the chocolaty flavour of a porter would go incredibly well with a sharp vintage cheese. Guess I’m going to have to buy more beer…

Please, please, please do not use a cheap larger. You know the ones I’m talking about, end in draught, bitter or new. Find a decent beer filled with flavour. Your sandwich will thank you.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup beer - don't use the cheap shit
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 loaf sourdough - sliced
  • Sharp vintage cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Additional toppings - crispy bacon, tomatoes or caramelised onion

Method

Step 1

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, beer, flour, salt and chili powder.

Step 2

Dunk 1 slice of bread into the batter on both sides, giving it a second to fully absorb the batter then lift the bread and let the excess batter drain back into the bowl. Place on a plate.

Step 3

Build your sandwich

Step 4

Repeat step 2 with a second slice of bread. Top your sandwich.

Step 5

Melt the butter over medium-low heat.

Step 6

Place the sandwich in the middle of the pan and let cook on each side 3-4 minutes or until it reaches a crispy golden brown and a gooey cheese middle.

Step 7

Serve with a frosty glass of beer

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