So let's get to exploring Potato Volcanos with Welsh Rarebit (otherwise known as cheesy potatoes with beer!)...
What exactly is a rarebit you ask?
I was intrigued because I had never heard of Welsh Rarebit before. (maybe I have been under a rock for a while, who knows! I have been snowed in for a while though!)
Anyways, according to various sources such as wikipedia it is basically a cheese sauce, noting that traditional European fondue is based on swiss cheese and a rarebit is based on cheddar.
There is also a great number of other tidbits of info with variation, which I love the names of such as a "Blushing bunny" which is a rarebit or rabbit with tomato soup added!
It also notes that 18th century cookbooks describe the Welsh rarebit or cheese as the poor man's meat. And it is considered a "lucsious supper or tavern dish".
I am always up for a tavern dish!
So, let's get going...
Potato Volcano with Welsh Rarebit
adapted from 1943 edition of Joy of Cooking
|The main players for Welsh Rarebit|
|My fridge was stocked at the moment with Bud Light Lime, so that was my beer for the rarebit!|
|Isn't that just lovely!|
*Sprinkles of Tips:
You really have to be careful cooking/stirring the cheese so that it does not get too hot and curdle/lump.
Also, don't get carried away with the beer, I accidently just poured the entire bottle in, which is fine, but my sauce was way to runny, but I just tried to put in the thick, creamy cheese mixture and left out the extra runny stuff!
While I did not make this in a volcano style this time, I think I will next time. And the flavor from the cheese sauce is amazing. As I was putting it together (as I made my main dish) I was thinking, really, REALLY?!!! ...
This is just cheesey potatoes, but this is NOT, JUST cheesey potatoes, it is potatoes and cheese, amped up a notch or two.
So, give it a try, have some fun in the kitchen cooking with beer and cheese! Who knows, you may want to just skip the potatoes and have the beer cheese!
Update on Feb 14: I am linking up to
Until next time,
Happy Cooking with Cheese and Beer!