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National Welsh Rarebit Day is September 3rd

September 3, 2008

When I grew up I caught the cartoon Bugs Bunny in particular; where a tyrant king wanted and yelled for his ‘welsh rabbit’ which is what this dish I thought was always called, not ‘rarebit’. Now, as with most children, at least in the USA, eating rabbit does not only sound very appealing, some children even have them as pets.

Well, I am very happy to share with you that Welsh Rarebit not only does not have any rabbit, hare or bunny involved or is part of this dish, but it is a super comforting quick meal. It basically is a rich cheese sauce usually tweaked with beer and served over hearty toast. I would make this myself when I was a kid (without the beer of course).

And another thing to note, I went ‘agoogling’ to find me a photo for this post, and what I saw as being passed for welsh rarebit was an embarrassment. A Word To The Wise: it is not processed american cheese melted on toast, people- yuck and you should be ashamed for trying to pass that as authentic welsh rarebit. Nor is it to be broiled to blacken up the cheese sauce, I am just saying folks…just saying.

Welsh Rarebit Recipe: Courtesy of Alton Brown, Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup porter beer
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces (approximately 1 1/2 cups) shredded Cheddar
  • 2 drops hot sauce
  • 4 slices toasted rye bread

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour.
  2. Cook, whisking constantly for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to brown the flour.
  3. Whisk in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  4. Add beer and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour in cream and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  6. Gradually add cheese, stirring constantly, until cheese melts and sauce is smooth; this will take 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add hot sauce.
  8. Pour over toast and serve immediately.

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Also other interesting points to note on this day September 3rd:

1752 This day does not exist, nor did the next 10 days. See ‘My September 2nd Post‘ for the explanation.

1875 Ferdinand Porsche was born. He was an Austrian engineer who designed the VW Beetle in 1935.

1881 Lorenzo Delmonico, famed restaurateur died. Born 1813 in Marengo, Switzerland. In 1851 he joined his uncles in their catering and pastry shop in New York. He transformed the business into one of the most famous restaurants in the country.

1912 The first cannery opened in England. It was to supply food to the Royal Navy.

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Well, I would love to make this for tonight or for lunch, but since I do not have beer or cheese in the house, it will have to wait for another day. I will be making though for dinner roasted garlic lemon tarragon marinate for broiled chicken, fresh cilantro beet salad, guacamole, and homemade tortilla chips and green salad with my tarragon salad dressing which will balance nicely with the chicken.

Have a good one! Chef Maven…

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