Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread: A fabulous cheese spread that would make a wonderful gift for any serious food lover, made in under 2 minutes in the Vitamix Ascent, with all the traditional ingredients for a classic rarebit. Pot the cheese spread in covered jars and add a card with the serving suggestions.
For Festive Gift Giving
This is my latest recipe in a mini series I am working on with Vitamix® Ascent™ called Upgrade your Christmas Flavours, it’s a fabulously easy recipe for Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread, which is simplicity itself, and would make a tasty gift for any avid food lover. I made this in under five minutes in my new kitchen toy, a VITAMIX® ASCENT™ SERIES BLENDER, which will prove to be invaluable throughout the festive period and beyond. My last recipe using this impressive blender, was for Sausage, Cranberry, Red Onion & Walnut Stuffing, a recipe that’s perfect for entertaining over Christmas and the New Year, and the blender would make an ideal gift for any food lovers Christmas stocking too!
Today’s gift in a jar, makes three x 125g jars of cheese spread, and would be great when added to a food hamper, or why not keep one jar back for personal snacking and enjoyment! The cheese spread is made in the blender using the variable speed function, which gives you full control over how smooth or coarse you want your cheese spread to be, as well as being in control of the final consistency too. The only proviso with the ingredients is to use the very best aged, extra mature or vintage Cheddar cheese for maximum flavour, as the cheese needs to be “man enough” to hold its own when mixed with the mustard, Worcester sauce and IPA ale, as well as the chilli flakes if using them.
All you need to do once you have blended the Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread, is to decant it into some jars or pots (with lids), and add a label with serving suggestions, and storage instructions. Add a length of festive ribbon and a sprig of something seasonal, such as holly, for a decorative finish. Storage instructions should say “Keep covered in the fridge for up to 1 week, and once opened, store any unused cheese spread covered in the fridge”. The serving suggestions are as follows, and can be added to the gift tag: “Spoon me onto crackers, crusty bread or oatcakes and enjoy me cold; OR, dollop me onto baked potatoes, grilled chicken or steamed veggies for something hot! Or, use me as a rarebit topping, spread me on toast before grilling until bubbling and golden brown”.
The recipe is shared below, and look out for my next recipe in the Upgrade your Christmas Flavours series in a couple of days time, which uses leftovers to create a smooth, velvety and creamy soup, that’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another festive recipe, Karen.
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Welsh Rarebit Cheese Spread
|Serves||3 x pots of 125g (4ozs) cheese spread|
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Starter|
|Misc||Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
|Occasion||Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Thanksgiving|
|By author||Karen Burns-Booth|
- 250g extra mature Cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons English mustard (not powder)
- 50g soft salted butter
- 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
- 150ml IPA ale (or pale ale of your choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
A fabulous cheese spread that would make a wonderful gift for any serious food lover, made in under 2 minutes in the Vitamix Ascent, with all the traditional ingredients for a classic rarebit. Pot the cheese spread in covered jars and add a card with the serving suggestions.
|Step 1||Cut the cheese into small chunks and place in to the Vitamix blender jug; using variable speed, start blending on number 1 gradually increasing the speed to number 5, and blend for about 15 to 20 seconds, or until the cheese is in fine crumbs.|
|Step 2||Add the mustard and the butter, and on variable speed, blend on number 4 to 5 for 10 seconds.|
|Step 3||Add the Worcester sauce, IPA ale and chilli flakes if using, and again on variable speed, blend on number 5 for about 10 to 15 seconds or until you have a thick paste.|
|Step 4||Using a rubber spatula, scoop the cheese spread into small glass jars or pots, that have covers; fill them to the top, and seal. (At this stage, you can use the machine cleaning setting on the Vitamix Ascent to clean the jug)|
|Step 5||Add a gift tag and a ribbon and write the following on the tag: "Spoon me onto crackers, crusty bread or oatcakes and enjoy me cold; OR, dollop me onto baked potatoes, grilled chicken or steamed veggies for something hot! Or, use me as a rarebit topping, spread me on toast before grilling until bubbling and golden brown"|
There are currently two different Vitamix® Ascent™ blenders available, with a further product being added to the series in early 2018, all in a variety of colours and metallic finishes meaning there’s one for every style and taste. The blenders are available for CHRISTMAS STOCKING wish lists at: Vitamix.com, Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis, Lakeland, Steamer Trading, Brown Thomas (Ireland), and selected premium kitchen stores and at select Vitamix® retailers. Each machine comes with a technique book that offers recipes and insight into a range of culinary techniques, showing users how to put their Vitamix® to work for them for every meal.
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Laura Denman says
What a brilliant idea!
Karen Burns-Booth says
Thanks Laura! Happy Christmas!
Anne Stern says
What a lovely gift, perfect to go into the Christmas boxes with the biscuits and shortbread for our neighbours. Thanks Karen, and Happy Christmas from our hearth to yours.
Karen Burns-Booth says
Happy Christmas to you and yours too Anne, and I hope we meet up again in 2018!
johanna @ green gourmet giraffe says
This sounds so delicious – I just wish anyone giving me gifts reads this 🙂 SEriously I think I need to make it – though am wondering if it needs a blender as I can do it in mine but sometimes am too lazy to scrap it all out. I also am curious about how long it lasts and I guess it should be kept in the fridge?
Hope you have a happy christmas and a good 2018. I also send belated warm wishes for the anniversary of your father’s death. Am sure that was a hard anniversary but hope this Christmas will be a little easier.
Karen Burns-Booth says
It lasts for about a week to 10 days, probably longer as it has beer and butter in it! Store it in the fridge covered before gifting, and after gifting as well as using it, Happy Christmas to you too and thanks so much for your kind and considerate wishes re. my dad’s death…..it has been am uphill struggle, but I am getting there slowly, Karen