Labor day is right around the corner. I suppose you’ll plan to be by the pool or go out on the lake one last time before the fall weather settles in. I encourage you to have a day of adventure by adding a little Welsh culture to your Labor Day. Why? Because why not!
This Labor Day Weekend, on September 3rd, we will celebrate National Welsh Rarebit Day,(#WelshRarebitDay) which is an official US holiday. Welsh Rarebit originated in 18th-century Wales. It’s a delicious, traditional recipe that features cheese, ale, mustard, and toast. It’s a great way to celebrate Welsh tradition.
So I implore you to try something new, just this once! Plus, if you decided to follow me on this adventure you will be entered to win a delicious gift pack of Welsh cheese! But more on that in a little bit. For now, let me entertain you with a few facts about Wales.
My Own Little Welsh Rarebit Recipe
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup Ale or Porter
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups of Pepper Jack
- 2 drops hot sauce
- 1 Small Tomatoes
- 4 slices toasted rye bread
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking constantly for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to brown the flour. Whisk in mustard, Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Add beer and whisk to combine. Pour in the heavy cream and whisk until well combined and smooth. Gradually add cheese, stirring constantly, until cheese melts and sauce is smooth; this will take 4 to 5 minutes. Add hot sauce. Pour over toast, tomatoes, and basil and serve immediately.
Notes: I used pepper jack to add a little kick but you could use any cheese of your choice! I used a local craft beer from one of my favorite breweries. Abita Turbodog, it’s an ale. Not so surprisingly the meal was quite delicious. As Edward put it so eloquently ” This is freaking good, can you make another one?”. I think it’s a recipe we will make time to time again.
I definitely think it’s a recipe we will make time to time again.
Some Fun Facts About Wales
- Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and also serves as their capital.
- The first official Welsh settler in America was Howell Powell! He Wales to head for Virginia in 1642.
- The country of Wales is said to contain more castles per square mile than any other country in the world.
- The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet. Whhaat??
- The population of sheep in Wales is four times greater than the Welsh population of humans.
- Only a very small percent of the entire Welsh population can speak the native language.
So now that you know a little more about Welsh culture and Welsh Rarebit I challenge you to come up with your own creative and exciting #WelshRarebitDay recipe in time for Labor Day! You could win a gift pack of Welsh cheeses in our photo competition. To enter whip-up a Welsh Rarebit or even a Welsh Rarebit Burger for your Labor Day weekend cookout; post a photo of it on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Be sure to include #WelshRarebitDay and tag both @VisitWales and @AMGirlsTravels and post your photo by midnight on Tuesday morning, September 6th. Visit Wales will select the reader with the most creative burger to win a gift pack of gourmet Snowdonia Cheese Company Welsh cheeses! So be creative and have fun with this recipe! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
This post was brought to you sponsored by with Visit Wales.