Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Welsh Rarebit with Kielbasa for #Brunchweek 2016

Welcome to Day 2 of our Brunch Week Celebration.  We kicked things off yesterday with a wonderful giveaway for our readers.  If you weren't here yesterday or you forgot to enter just go back to the introduction post and enter right now.  You don't want to miss the great gifts being raffled off. These gifts were provided by the #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset.  I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to them for providing the prizes free of charge.

Prize package being given away by Cabot Creamery.

These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. Today I am featuring the cheeses of Cabot Creamery.  I love these cheeses and purchase them often so I was excited to receive a great assortment for this event.  The opinions posted on this blog are 100% my own and are 100% honest about products that I use.

I grated up 3 different kinds of Cheddar for this dish.  2 oz. of Tomato and Basil Cheddar, 2 oz. of White Oak Cheddar and 4 oz. of Alpine Cheddar.  Have you ever had Welsh Rarebit?  I had not until I made it for this event.  I found the recipe in one of my old Cuisine at Home issues and thought it would be a perfect way to showcase Cabot cheeses.  The article said that Classic Rarebit is made with Cheddar and I had a ton of Cheddar to use.  They also said that the Welsh often serve it with Tomato Soup so I did using this recipe that I have shared with you before.

Welsh Rarebit is an open faced cheese sandwich using this creamy, delicious cheese sauce containing a roux, beer, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and, of course, cheese.  You pour this goodness over toast and then stick it under the broiler to brown.  I topped our sandwiches with sliced kielbasa because I had already given Frank a meatless meal with the Frittata I shared yesterday and I didn't want him getting cranky.

This is a perfect meal to serve at a brunch.  It is rich and luxurious.  It will impress your guests who, if they are like me, have heard of Welsh Rarebit but have never tried it and think it is exotic and hard to make.  Little will they know that it is easy and can be put together quickly in less than a half hour. The Welsh know what they are doing because the tomato soup was a great accompaniment for the sandwich. They are like a fondue sandwich so feel free to add anything onto your sandwich that you would serve with fondue.  I will leave the kielbasa off next time..... the sandwich is very rich and the kielbasa makes it richer yet.  If you do want meat, I would go with chicken or perhaps ham would be good too.  It wasn't bad with the sausage and Frank liked it so it would just be personal preference.

Welsh Rarebit with Kielbasa
slightly adapted from Cuisine at Home, Issue # 92

2 T. butter
3 T. flour
3/4 c. beer (I used Guinness)
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a variety)
1 dash hot sauce
black pepper to taste
4 slices bread, toasted
1 link fully cooked smoked Kielbasa, sliced and heated

Heat butter in a saucepan over med heat.  Add flour and cook until smooth and nutty smelling. Whisk in the beer, cream, mustard and Worcestershire until smooth.  Add the cheese, a handful at a time, whisking after each until melted and smooth. Add the hot sauce and season with the pepper.

Place toast onto a foil lined baking sheet and divided the sauce, covering each of the toasts.  Place under the broiler until bubbly and brown in spots.  Top with the Kielbasa and serve.  Print Recipe

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  1. Wow! What a great idea to use different cheeses in the rarebit, it looks amazing!

  2. oooh!! I love welsh rarebit, but have never made it myself. This looks great!

  3. I have read about this dish but have never tasted it. You make it sound very easy Wendy!

    1. It was Paula, like making a fondue and pouring it over the bread.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog all the way from beautiful Viet Nam. I hear the scuba diving is amazing there.

  5. Oh I need to give this a try - I've heard of this dish so many times but never put it on my "to make soon" list, must remedy! :)

  6. Now I am craving Welsh Rarebit. Yours looks amazing! Love that combo of cheese.

  7. I love rarebit. I love kielbasa. I LOVE this dish!


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