Asparagus with smoked rarebit dip

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Asparagus with smoked rarebit dip

Starter Serves 2 20 min
We served this as a starter at our summer vegman/veglady get-together last week. Use it as a dip or pile the asparagus and rarebit onto hot toast and grill until golden and bubbling.


  • 20g butter
  • 20g plain flour
  • 100ml ale
  • 100g smoked Cheddar (Godminster is perfect), grated
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 200g asparagus
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Melt the butter and beat in the flour to make a roux.
  • Step 2

    Slowly add the beer, whisking as you go and heat until it starts to thicken.
  • Step 3

    Whisk in the grated cheese and the mustard. Add a little black pepper.
  • Step 4

    Boil, steam or roast the asparagus until just tender and serve with a bowl of warm rarebit mix and dip to your heart's content.

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