Author Notes: A recipe from Dashler Welch’s 1896 book, The Bachelor and the Chafing Dish: “This is the recipe from the Royal Lodge at Windsor.” This fancified “rabbit” can be made in a fondue pan. I sometimes use just beer and it comes out delicious. Just remember to keep stirring—the secret, according to Mr. Dashler, to the success of this kind of dish. The alcohol will evaporate therefore you will end up with way less than you started. Still, I estimate that four can share this as, say, an appetizer for a light dinner: it is very filling. I wonder if Mr. Welch would be shocked to learn that I like to eat this as a weekday lunch, with a cup of steamy black coffee… —MrsK
pound cheese, grated very fine
tablespoons ale (I use beer)
small glass of champagne
- Put ingredients in a chafing dish ("silver dish over a lamp") and cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve in the dish with toasts.