Well, after a little while of planning, beer making, researching and cooking, we are finally here... Homebrew Month!
Early in February, I had the privilege of helping my Uncle Jeff make a batch of Nut Brown Ale. The men in my family are all beer enthusiasts and years ago my Dad, Grandpa and Uncle made their own brew. After a season or two of enjoying their own, they decided to start buying beer again but have always made the effort to support our local craft brewers! Now, years later, my Uncle Jeff is at it again but instead of using a brewing facility, he makes his beer at home. But, before we delve into the step by step process of brewing, I thought a great way to begin Homebrew Month would be to start at the beginning of beer!
Photograph: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
A Brief History of Beer Making:
My first recipe of Homebrew Month is one that I have always wanted to make. Mouth watering Welsh Rabbit (a.k.a. Welsh Rarebit) might not sound too appealing, but believe me, it's delicious! And no, this recipe is not made from rabbit...
Simple and Tasty Recipe:
Welsh Rabbit (a.k.a.Welsh Rarebit)
(makes 6 pieces)
1 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup old Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup beer (preferably homebrewed)
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
pinch sea salt and fresh ground pepper
6 slices of white bread (preferably homemade)
In a pot on medium heat, melt the butter, add in the onions and fry until softened, 4 to 5 mins. Add in a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the grated cheese, beer, mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce. Turn heat to medium low and stir until the cheese is melted. Quickly stir in the egg and stir over the heat for about 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly. Make sure to stir frequently or the egg could cook and scramble. Remove the mixture from the heat. Toast the bread either in a toaster or broil in the oven on both sides. Stir the cheese mixture occasionally. Turn on the broiler (if you haven't already), arrange the pieces of toast spaced on a tray and spoon the cheese mixture equally onto each piece. Place under the broiler for about a minute until the cheese is bubbly and browned. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Simply delicious and a perfect recipe with beer to kick off Homebrew Month! Serve this Welsh Rabbit on it's own, with a salad or as a snack. My Mum makes something similar with slices of baguette for an appetizer with chutney on the side. Yum!Well followers, this just the beginning! I will be back next week with another chapter in our homebrew story and of course, I'll feature another fantastic recipe with our star... Beer! Bye for now!