Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Toasted bread slices of split buns are topped with a mustard and Worcestershire sauce spiked cheddar cheese mixture, then baked until golden brown. This makes a hearty and satisfying snack.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 60ml (¼ cup) milk or beer
  • 230g (½ lb) grated Welsh extra-mature cheddar cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 thick bread slices or 2 split crusty buns
  • 4 fresh tomato slices


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 degrees F).
  2. Now stir the butter with the milk or beer, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, salt, and pepper in a saucepan.
  3. Keep stirring this mixture over a low heat until it is thick, creamy and smooth, and all the cheese has melted.
  4. Toast the bread on both sides and arrange it in a baking dish.
  5. Arrange the tomato slices on top.
  6. Now ladle the hot cheese mixture over the bread.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve hot.


  • This is a dish with a strange name but, regardless of that, what a wonderful snack it makes! If you like cheese on toast, or grilled cheese sandwiches, you are going to love this Welsh take on the dish.
  • Crusty bread is topped with juicy fresh tomatoes and then a wonderfully creamy sauce with cheese, mustard and more.
  • Enjoy Welsh rarebit for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or a snack when you want something warming and tasty.
  • I like to make this with extra-mature cheddar cheese from Wales, but you could use another kind of cheddar. Choose a good one though, because that is the main component in this wonderful Welsh dish.

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