You may be thinking, “What the heck is this post going to be about?”
Well, if there’s something I love most in this world it is cheese. If there’s something else I love in this world it is celebrating alternative holidays.
Did you know National Stuffed Mushroom day is February 4th?
Or my personal favorite, Guacamole Day on September 16th?
Well, when Visit Wales mentioned that National #WelshRarebitDay happens to fall on Labor Day this year, I took that as an opportunity! Who doesn’t like to be the one showing up at the party with the most unique dish to pass?
Let everyone else bring the potato salad and hot dogs; you can walk in the door with Welsh rarebit and you’ve got an instant conversation starter! Read on to find out how you can enter to win a gift pack of Welsh cheeses this Labor Day Weekend.
The basic recipe for Welsh Rarebit involves beer or milk, your favorite varietal of Welsh farmhouse cheese, mustard, slices of bread and fresh slices of tomato.
You cook down the cheese with the beer and mustard into a cheese sauce of sorts. Toast your bread and layer with tomatoes- 2 if you’re medium hungry, and 3 slices if you’re famished! Then drizzle the rarebit/cheese concoction over the whole thing and broil the whole thing for a few minutes! And eat!
Well, this sounds like a dream come true except not for someone who is gluten free like me! So, I decided to make up my own gluten free welsh rarebit recipe!
Here’s my spunky & spicy Gluten Free Welsh Rarebit recipe:
For the rarebit:
1 oz. Butter
12 oz. Welsh farmhouse cheese: My recommendation is something with a little heat like the Red Devil from Snowdonia Cheese Company which has chillies and crushed red pepper in it.
4 fl. oz. Green’s Endeavor Gluten Free Beer: This rich, dark and flavorful beer meshes really well with the cheese and you can drink the rest of the pack while eating the rarebit!
½ tsp spicy mustard
For the sandwich:
18 slices of Gluten Free bread- I love Udis!
6 Large, ripe tomatoes, sliced
Salt & Pepper
My addition: Roasted poblano peppers
Compose just like you would a traditional Welsh rarebit:
Combine the cheese & butter in a pan over low heat until melted, then add the ale and mustard. Bring the mixture to near boil then remove from the heat.
Toast your bread slices and layer the tomatoes [and peppers] and the bread as high as you’d like. Then the fun part: drizzle your rarebit sauce [the cheesey goodness] over the skyscraper of bread in an oven safe pan. Throw the whole thing under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the cheese.
Watch everyone drool as you take it out of the oven.
Here’s where the remainder of that pack of beer comes in handy: crack one open and enjoy your Welsh rarebit!
If you’re interested in complimenting your Welsh rarebit with some other delicious Welsh goodies I’ve compiled a few of my favorite gluten free options!
Cawl: A soup with salted bacon or beef, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other vegetables. This is actually the national dish of Wales!
Laverbread: This one is going to intrigue you, I promise. Laver is seaweed and to make this dish it is boiled for several hours then minced or pureed. It is then typically coated with oatmeal and fried. The Laverbread is either served as part of a traditional Welsh breakfast with bacon and cockles or can be turned into a sauce for savory dishes.
Glamorgan Sausage: A traditional Welsh vegetarian sausage! Didn’t expect that huh? It contains cheese, leeks, and breadcrumbs (for those of you that are gf, they are easy to make with GF breadcrumbs, if ordering out make sure to ask about whether it contains breadcrumbs or not)
I hope you enjoyed this insight into possibly my new favorite holiday: #WelshRarebitDay and Welsh cuisine!
This post is sponsored by Visit Wales. As always, however, all thoughts are my own!