Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit
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Welsh Rarebit

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August 1, 2016Welsh Rarebit is a British classic that not only has beer in it, but goes very well with one. If you are looking for pimped up cheese on toast, this is it.

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • 5 mins

    10 mins

    15 mins

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yields: Serves 2

How this dish came about is still up for debate, but however it was done Welsh Rarebit as it is now known is always a winner. What could go wrong with an ale and spice laden cheese sauce grilled on slices of toast? Basically nothing, so give it a try.


25g butter

2 tsp flour

100ml dark beer

1 tsp English mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes tabasco

150g cheese (mature Cheddar or other strong variety), grated

1 egg yolk

4 slices toast (use good bread)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp parsley or chives, finely chopped


Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Stir in the flour, and cook for 1 minute without browning.

Add the beer one tablespoon at a time and whisk until smooth after each addition. Continue to whisk until thick, then whisk in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and tabasco.

Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the cheese until thick and smooth. Taste for seasoning (the cheese is probably salty enough).

Remove from the heat for a couple of minutes to cool slightly before whisking in the egg yolk.

Spread thickly on the toast, dust with a touch of cayenne and place under a hot grill until bubbling, golden brown.

Garnish with the herbs and eat while hot.


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Ben Macdonald

When Ben isn’t devouring food, he is thinking what to cook next. After spending his adult life eating his way around the world he ended up channelling his culinary creativity as a finalist in Masterchef Australia – famously impressing Heston Blumenthal with a campfire from steak and potatoes - before being eliminated the very next episode.
Following some time in several top restaurants he is now focussed on sharing his love of home cooking and making each meal better than the last.