The origins of Welsh rarebit are a bit murky. Some believe that it originated in Wales, while others believe that it originated in England. The earliest known recipe for Welsh rarebit was published in a cookbook in 1725. The dish became popular in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it was often served as a pub snack. More information on What is Welsh Rarebit, click here...
Welsh rarebit (or Welsh rabbit as originally spelled) is a traditional but famous Welsh dish. Basically, it’s a combination of hot melted Caerphilly cheese on toast which is a winning combination on any day. Some still call it posh Cheese on Toast which let’s face it, doesn’t sound half as good as Welsh Rarebit, does it? Welsh rarebit is more than cheese on toast - it needs Caerphilly cheese, beer, Worcester sauce and mustard, and that's why it tastes so good - see the Welsh rarebit recipe below. Welsh rarebit day is celebrated in Wales on each 3rd September - but it's just so good, its best eaten all year around!
Welsh Rarebit Recipe
How to Make Welsh Rarebit
With any dish is as popular as Welsh Rarebit, there are always many, many different recipes and variations on the theme. However here is a traditional recipe to follow.
50g/2oz salted butter
250ml/9oz strong bitter beer, warmed
250g/9oz strong Caerphilly cheese, grated
2tsp mustard of your choice,
2 tbsp Worcester sauce
Black pepper to taste
4 large slices of bread – try brown granary bread
In a small saucepan melt the butter and make a roux with the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to prevent the roux from burning. Stir in the warm beer by degrees, until you have a thick but smooth sauce. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. You should now have a thick paste. Mix in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce and season well with black pepper.
Lightly toast and butter the bread, then pile up the cheesy mixture on each slice. Cook under a hot grill for a few minutes, until browned and bubbling. And that is a traditional Welsh rarebit.
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