National Welsh Rarebit Day

Five Food Finds about Welsh Rarebit

  • Welsh rarebit or Welsh rabbit is a dish made with a savoury sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients and served hot, after being poured over slices (or other pieces) of toasted bread, or the hot cheese sauce may be served in a bowl accompanied by sliced, toasted bread.
  • Welsh rarebit may be eaten with the use of a knife or fork or both. The names of the dish originate from 18th century Great Britain.
  • Welsh rarebit is typically made with Cheddar cheese, in contrast to the Continental European fondue which classically depends on Swiss cheeses.
  • “Eighteenth-century English cookbooks reveal that it was then considered to be a luscious supper or tavern dish, based on the fine cheddar-type cheeses and the wheat breads. Surprisingly, it seems there was not only a Welsh Rabbit, but also an English Rabbit, an Irish and a Scotch Rabbit, but nary a rarebit.”
  • Various recipes for Welsh rarebit include the addition of ale, mustard, ground cayenne pepper or ground paprika and Worcestershire sauce.

Today’s Food History

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1752 This day does not exist, nor did the next 10 days. See September 2 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.

1964 ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ by the Animals is #1 on the charts.

1966 The last episode of the TV show ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ airs.

1967 Sweden switches from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right.

1970 Alan Wilson of the music group ‘Canned Heat’ died.

1970 Record Hailstone falls in Coffeyville, Minnesota. It weighed 1 2/3 pounds and measured 17 1/2 inches in circumference.