Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit, or Welsh Rabbit, is a traditional British dish that consists of melted cheese over toasted bread. As one reviewer says, "Add a slice of smoked (Salted) herring, Tobasco sauce, toast the muffins or Italian bread and try stop eating it!"


6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light or dark beer
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
6 English muffins, buttered and toasted
Tomato slices (optional)


Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat; add flour, whisking until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in beer; cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes.

Stir in cheese and next 5 ingredients. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or just until cheese melts. Spoon over English muffins.

Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 30 seconds or until browned. Serve with tomato slices, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Cedrick Lawson, Columbia, South Carolina,

Southern Living

October 2000
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