Monday, March 7, 2011

Welsh Rarebit





     There are many stories of how Welsh Rarebit came to be.  Most of the rarebit stories are false and only a few hold water.  Cheddar cheese has always been very popular in Wales.  Welsh Rarebit is a special Welsh cheddar cheese sauce that is simply baked on toast.
     Ale is part of a Welsh Rarebit.  The ale adds a nice flavor and it also adds a lighter feel to the rarebit.  Good quality sharp cheddar cheese is best for this recipe.  The original Welsh recipe for rarebit was made with whole grain bread.  Coarse whole grain bread will allow the rarebit to be soaked up by the toasted bread while baking.
     Welsh Rarebit can be served as an appetizer or as a main coarse.  For dinner or breakfast, a fried egg is placed on the Welsh Rarebit.  For lunch, a slice of tomato is a popular garnish.  Some people enjoy plain Welsh Rarebit as an afternoon snack.
     Welsh Rarebit is a simple recipe that is perfect for a clammy chilly day.
   
     Welsh Rarebit:  
     This recipe makes enough rarebit for 2 to 3 portions!
     Heat a 5 pats of unsalted butter in a sauce pot over medium/medium low heat.
     Add an equal amount of flour while stirring.
     Cook and stir the roux, till it just begins to emit a hazelnut aroma and it becomes a very light golden blonde color.
     Add 1 cup of English ale, while stirring with a whisk.
     When the ale becomes thick and blended with the roux, add 3/4 cup of milk while stirring.
     Add 1/4 cup of cream.
     Stir the sauce, till it just starts to simmer and thicken to a very thin sauce consistency.
     Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Add 1 1/3 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese, while stirring.
     Whisk the sauce, till the cheese melts and becomes part of the sauce.
     Add 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard.
     Add 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce.
     Add 2 pinches of cayenne pepper.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Simmer and reduce the rarebit, till the flavors meld and till the sauce becomes a medium sauce consistency.  Be sure to stir occasionally.
     Keep the rarebit warm over very low heat or reheat the rarebit to order.
     
     Presentation:
     Toast 1 or 2 slices of whole grain bread in an oven, till it becomes a light golden brown color.
     Place the toast on a baking pan.
     Spread a generous amount of the Welsh Rarebit on the toast.
     Bake the Welsh Rarebit in a 350ยบ oven, till a few brown highlights appear.
     Use a spatula to set the Welsh Rarebit on a plate.
     Place a slice of ripe tomato on the rarebit.  (For breakfast or dinner, place a fried egg on the Welsh Rarebit.)
     Garnish with an Italian parsley sprig.
  
     The ale and mustard flavors of the rarebit are noticeable.  The mustard and worcestershire add a nice zesty flavor.  Cayenne pepper adds a mild spicy flavor.  This is a simple plate of food to make.  Welsh Rarebit is still one of the most popular Welsh recipes for a chilly day.  Delicious!  ...  Shawna  

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