I got carried away researching the history of the Welsh Rabbit and the origin of its name. Why the funny name? Oh some say that rabbit is a poor Englishman's meat and cheese is a poor Welshman's meat. And there are some who say that Welsh peasants were not allowed to eat rabbits on the estates of nobility, so they use cheese as a substitute. Here is my favorite one of all - there goes the saying "if a Welshman went rabbit hunting, cheese would be his supper." I don't know how believable any of these are, but a Welshman knows his food.
Seriously, sinfully delicious. Trust me, it is worth it.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground dry mustard
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup of good dark beer (I used Guinness)
- 1/2 lb of cheddar cheese, shredded (preferably aged, I used 4-year aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese)
- A few slices of wheat bread (or any kind of bread you prefer)
- Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour, salt, pepper, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Continue cooking and stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
- Slowly add milk and continue stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
- Pour in beer and cook for another minute.
- Stir in cheese and mix until melted and well incorporated.
- Remove from heat and ladle cheese sauce over wheat bread. Enjoy immediately.