Stilton and Chutney Rarebit Bites

Stilton and Chutney Rarebit Bites may not sound like the most appetising canapé to be serving to your guests at a fancy event but we should never judge a book by its cover- these delicious bite-sized pieces are an excellent snack to satiate the hunger of your guests throughout the evening without the fuss of a napkin, cutlery or even a plate- just pop them in your mouth and they’re gone! Here’s how to make them for yourself.

This recipe makes eight bites, and to do so you will need the following…

For the chutney:

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– 100 ml of balsamic vinegar

– Two red onions (these need to be thickly sliced prior to making the bites)

– Four tablespoons of muscovado sugar

For the rarebit:

– Six slices of either sour dough bread of German rye bread

– 300 grams of Stilton cheese (this needs to be crumbled prior to making)

– 200 grams of parmesan cheese (this needs to be grated prior to making)

– Two teaspoons of wholegrain mustard

– Two tablespoons of creme fraiche

– Two eggs (these need to be beaten prior to making)

Method:

First things first, you will need to make the chutney. To do this, put the vinegar, the sugar and the onions in their entirety into a large pan. This needs to be cooked on a low heat for about twenty-five minutes until the mixture becomes very sticky and quite thick. Leave this mixture to cool down.

Next, mix together most of the remaining ingredients- the Parmesan, the Stilton, the eggs, mustard and the creme fraiche and leave this mixture to chill in the fridge. This is your rarebit mixture.

Following this, next you must take the bread and toast it lightly, either in a toaster on a low heat or on the grill. Once this has been done, cut it into small chunks. Place these chunks onto a baking tray and generously spread the chutney over them, then adding a heaped pile of rarebit mixture on top of this. How much you add is a mixture of both personal preference and how much the chunk of bread can hold.

Place the heaped up chunks of bread under the grill for three to five minutes. Remove from the oven and serve when the bites are bubbling with deliciousness and are a gorgeous golden brown colour. Why not enjoy your Rarebit Bites with an Old Fashioned, a whisky-based cocktail?

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