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Appetizers, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

Worldly blushing bunny

Worldly blushing bunny
Los Angeles Times

What's a great snack for a winter afternoon? Welsh rabbit, the homey, everyday cousin of fancy fondue and party-time nachos. It's quick, easy, gratifying and fun to play around with. The concept is elemental. The first rabbits recorded, in the ... Read more

Total time: 18 minutes | Serves 2
  • 8 ounces good-quality cheddar cheese, chopped
  • 1 (10 3/4 -ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 thick slices whole-grain bread
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives

Step 1Put the cheese, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, onion and pepper in a skillet. Stir over medium heat until the cheese is thoroughly melted.

Step 2Remove the skillet from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes for the cheese mixture to firm up slightly. Ladle the mixture onto the slices of toast and broil until the tops start to bubble -- but don't let them brown. Garnish with the chives. Serve hot.

Note: "Blushing bunny" -- and even more, the alternate names "rinktum ditty" and "rumtum tiddy" -- reflect the long popularity of this dish in the nursery. Chives, minced onion and a decided dose of Worcestershire give it a more grown-up effect, though this will always be comfort food.

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