Welsh Rarebit

October 13, 2017
3 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Serves 4 to 6, depending on how thickly you lay on the sauce
Author Notes

Recipe inspired by the version I had at Fergus Henderson's restaurant St. John's in London. Feel free to use any cheese in place of the cheddar; just make sure it's got a nice tang to it. —Catherine Lamb

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups stout (or any dark beer)
  • 1 very long splash of Worcestershire sauce (if vegetarian, look for a version without anchovies)
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar (or any other tangy cheese), grated
  • 4 slices sturdy bread, cut thickly
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan, then sprinkle on the flour. Whisk together and cook until the flour turns a light brown. Whisk in the mustard powder and cayenne, then add the stout and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until combined. Gradually add the cheese, stirring until it is completely melted and combined.
  2. Take the mixture off the heat and pour into a shallow container to set. Meanwhile, lightly pre-toast your bread to avoid sogginess. Preheat the oven to "broil."
  3. When the cheese mixture is set, spread it thickly onto the toast slices (it should be about 1/4-inch thick), and place them on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Place toasts under the broiler and cook until the tops are bronzed and bubbling, about one to two minutes (keep a wary eye!). Serve with a glass of wine, or, in you're like Fergus, with a glass of port. Tip: Rarebit cheese mixture will last 3 days in the fridge, tightly covered. Just bring to room temperature before spreading it on toast. Other serving suggestions: dollop into omelets or scrambled eggs, serve alongside crudités, or spread it on your sandwich for an ultimate ham and cheese.

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4 Reviews

krikri November 18, 2018
It was a good recipe but I should have used tangier cheese. Next time!
Terry November 6, 2017
How many ounces is 4 cups of grated cheddar?
Kirsten M. December 12, 2017
Oh seriously, just grate the cheddar to find out! Live a little!
foleyscale November 3, 2017
This recipe is pretty much similar to my riff off of the Joy of Cooking recipe except there is no egg in this recipe. We serve it poured over toast with thinly sliced tomato and crispy bacon.