Inspired by Saveur - Welsh Rarebit Bites with Apples and Granville Cheddar

welsh rarebit with granville cheese
I always wondered about Welsh Rarebit.  I have long known it was not made with rabbit, yet still it is there in my head that it is. I found a recipe for the British favorite in Saveur.  Sometimes rarebit is prepared like a fondue, but this one is more like grilled cheese on steroids.

This weekend I traveled up the road apiece got apples at Nestrovich and aged cheddar from my favorite country store.  I am thinking this is a terrific recipe for a Monday evening meal.  The absence of rabbit will it a much easier sell to the men at my kitchen table.

Granville country store

 

Welsh Rarebit with Granville Cheddar

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush bread with melted butter; working in batches, grill, flipping once, until golden on both sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Layer 2 apple slices on each toast; set aside.

Roasted apple on toast for wlsh rarebit

Arrange an oven rack 4″ from broiler and heat broiler to high. Mix cheese, yogurt, Worcestershire, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread about 1 tbsp. of the cheese mixture over each toast. Broil until topping is melted and golden brown, about 4 minutes.

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Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini


Pumpkin chili, a twist on traditional tailgate treats

 

Pumpkin chili, a terrific tailgate treat

Two of the many things I love are pumpkin and chili.  When many people think of pumpkin, they think of sweet treats, but I love making it savory.  I found myself deep in mainland China one Halloween, feeling a little melancholy for rustling leaves, football and costume clad children.  A trip to the vegetable market and a find of New England like pumpkins inspired this fusion of flavors from home.  It is hearty, healthy and a great twist on traditional tailgate fair.

Pumpkin Chili

Heat a large pot over medium to medium high heat. Add beef or sausage ( or oil and turkeyor lentil). Season the meat with Picante Passion. Break up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon into small crumbles.

picking your perfect pumpkin

Brown meat 5 minutes, then add vinegar, onions, tomatoes and pumpkin.  Cook 10 minutes more. Stir in Salsa Bean Soup Mix (or beans and tomato sauce).   Bring to a bubble.  Let chili simmer 10 minutes.  Adjust seasonings and heat level to your taste.
Remove from heat and serve.

Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese.

 

More great tailgate treasures;

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Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini

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