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Classic Welsh Rarebit

Delight your taste buds with the rich and savory goodness of Classic Welsh Rarebit. This timeless dish hailing from Wales is a celebration of sharp cheddar cheese, ale, and a medley of flavorful ingredients, all generously smothered on toasted bread. Elevate your snack game with this easy-to-make yet indulgent treat that brings a touch of sophistication to any table.
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The Story

Welsh Rarebit is a culinary masterpiece that transforms humble ingredients into a symphony of flavors. A luscious blend of sharp cheddar cheese, mustard, ale, and spices creates a velvety sauce that's generously poured over toasted bread. The result is a heavenly dish that combines the warmth of comfort food with the sophistication of a gourmet delight, making it a beloved choice for any occasion.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup ale or beer
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 slices of sturdy bread, toasted
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.


Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking for 1-2 minutes until lightly golden.


Add Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, and black pepper to the roux, stirring to combine.


Gradually pour in the ale or beer, whisking continuously to avoid lumps.


Once the mixture is smooth and thickened, reduce the heat to low.


Gradually add the grated cheddar cheese, stirring until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is smooth.


Toast the slices of bread until golden brown.


Pour the cheese sauce generously over the toasted bread.


Optionally, place the Welsh Rarebit under a broiler for a minute or two until the top is bubbly and lightly browned.


Serve immediately, savoring the rich and savory flavors of Classic Welsh Rarebit.

Tips for this recipe

Customize your Welsh Rarebit by adding toppings like sliced tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs for an extra burst of flavor and texture.

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