National Welsh Rarebit Day 2023: The humble Welsh dish ‘rarebit’ is commemorated on September 3, National Welsh Rarebit Day. It is unknown why this date was chosen, but we are certain that this dish from centuries past does not contain rabbit. The term ‘rarebit’ is derived from the Welsh language, but it merely refers to thickly sliced bread topped with an extravagant cheese sauce. The mere thought of the melted cheese makes the mouth salivate.
National Welsh Rarebit Day 2023: HISTORY
Welsh rarebit first appeared in print in 1725, in the book “The Art Of Cookery,” in which the author provided several variations for the dish according to British regions.
Except for a few variations, the essential ingredients and preparation for all the recipes were identical; for English rarebit, the bread was basted in wine after toasting, and the cheese was broiled on top. The bread used to prepare Scottish rarebit was buttered, while the bread used to prepare Welsh rarebit was buttered and spread with mustard.
There have been numerous variations of the dish over time. The addition of eggs results in a dish known as a ‘Golden Buck.’ Tomatoes give the dish the appearance of a ‘Blushing Bunny.’ Some individuals experiment with the ingredients by also including caramelised shallots.
Welsh rarebit was commonly served as a delectable and filling supper in the 18th century. It was served alongside ale in pubs. The cheese sauce is comparable to fondue, with the exception that conventional European fondue uses Swiss cheeses, whereas rarebit uses cheddar. Welsh rarebit is still regarded as a hearty dish that pairs well with broth or tossed salad.
National Welsh Rarebit Day 2023: ACTIVITIES
Prepare Welsh rarebit
It is simple, and the ingredients are readily accessible. Certainly worthy of a try!
Consider a variant of the dish.
Try a variation of Welsh rarebit today if you are already a devotee. Prepare a Yorkshire Buck, Golden Buck, or Blushing Berry Buck.
Share it on social networking sites.
Share on Instagram your prepared Welsh rarebit dishes. Use the hashtag #WelshRarebitDay on social media.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WALES
- Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest of Gwernvale, Breconshire, a Welshman.
- 23% of the Welsh population speaks a portion of the native tongue, while only 11% are fluent.
- Wales is the only region of the United Kingdom not depicted on the Union Jack emblem.
- It is believed that Wales has the highest concentration of castles per square mile in the globe.
- None of the letters k, q, v, and z appear in the Welsh alphabet.