National Welsh Rarebit Day
annually on September 3rd
Welsh rarebit, also known as Welsh rabbit, is a British dish that is served and celebrated today. The name of the dish dates to eighteenth-century Britain: "Welsh rabbit" first appeared in 1725, while "Welsh rarebit" was first mentioned in 1785. Just as is the case with mock turtle soup, there is no meat in the dish. According to legend, Welsh peasants prepared it using cheese instead of meat, as the meat was not affordable.
Welsh rarebit consists of toasted bread covered in a mixture of hot cheddar cheese, beer (or ale or milk), and other ingredients for seasoning, such as mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce. It is sometimes also accompanied with tomatoes, and when topped with a poached egg it is known as a "golden buck." It is usually eaten with a fork or a knife and a fork, and the cheese sauce is sometimes served in a bowl, separate from the toast.
Now popular throughout Europe, it is similar to fondue, but the cheese of choice is usually cheddar, not Swiss. It is often served as a main dish or with high tea. It is also served in pubs, where it is many times enjoyed with a pint of beer or ale.
How to Observe National Welsh Rarebit Day
Welsh rarebit should be enjoyed today, and the best place to do so is in Britain. If you can't get there, or can't find it in a restaurant near where you live, you could always make it at home!