Traditional Welsh Rarebit Recipe

Welsh Rarebit is cheese on toast turned up to 11, forget grilled cheese, this classic British recipe really is the best!

Welsh Rarebit, cheese on toast turned up to 11, forget grilled cheese this classic British recipe really has you covered when it comes to your cheese and bread requirements.

Cheese on Toast Turned up to 11!

This is a strange old beast but I love it. For years I thought it was cheese on toast with a bit of Worcestershire sauce.

Before that, as a child, I thought it was called welsh rabbit. I seriously grew up thinking this was a rabbit stew!

But oh no this is cheese on toast turned up to 11 and it is my favourite indulgent breakfast/supper dish.

Of course not one to have on a daily basis, to call it a naughty dish is being polite!

A rarebit sauce is all about butter and cheese and milk, so maybe if you have a dairy thing you should look away!

For us, it is a treat breakfast recipe. Usually, something that we will have on one of our birthdays or maybe over Christmas.

In that sense, it is very much like my Irish Boxty recipe!

Welsh Rarebit, cheese on toast turned up to 11, forget grilled cheese this classic British recipe really has you covered when it comes to your cheese and bread requirements.

What is Buck Rarebit?

It is essentially Welsh rarebit with egg!

I was watching Masterchef last weekend it formed one of the skills challenges and they asked for a Buck Rarebit. Something I had never heard of.

So I figured I would give it a go, wow where has that fried egg been for all these years?

It adds so much to such a simple dish and is now a permanent fixture in an already favourite dish!

A real Rarebit recipe has no subtlety at all. It screams with huge great big flavours.

Sharp cheddar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce all in a bechamel sauce enriched with egg yolk. Then toasted until gooey and unctuous.

I’ve even heard of beer being added and have tried it but it is not for me.

I’m not much of a person for brand names, you will note there is no product placement here. However, when it comes to Worcestershire sauce there is only one to use.

Every single other version is a mistake and a poor imitation, so make sure you use Lea & Perrins in your rarebit recipe.

Welsh Rarebit, cheese on toast turned up to 11, forget grilled cheese this classic British recipe really has you covered when it comes to your cheese and bread requirements.

What Cheese Should You Use?

Cheese for me is my indulgent ingredient. A food that is loaded with fat and as far as I am concerned, you should go with that.

But in this cheese on toast recipe, you need something good and sharp.

To my mind there is only one cheese to use here and it is a good crumbly mature cheddar cheese!

The notion of low-fat cheese is quite frankly absurd as far as I am concerned. I don’t eat a lot of cheese despite loving it for that very reason.But when I do I always go proper full-on indulgent, as you will know if you have seen my deep fried Camembert!

So make sure you do not mess around with the cheese, no ‘mild’ cheddar, which is not really cheddar at all!

No low-fat cheese, which is not really cheese at all! Good quality properly aged mature cheddar cheese!

This recipe is “unhealthy” when taken in isolation, pure and simple. Lots of cheese, full-fat milk, butter, buttered toast, embrace it, but don’t have it every day. Simple.

Diet 101 courtesy of Krumpi. Now go get stuck in!

Welsh Rarebit, cheese on toast turned up to 11, forget grilled cheese this classic British recipe really has you covered when it comes to your cheese and bread requirements.
Recipe for Welsh Rarebit

Recipe for Welsh Rarebit

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Welsh Rarebit is gloriously indulgent and seriously sinful, if you believe food can be sinful of course, but for me it is pure magic!

Ingredients

  • 300 ml Milk
  • 30 g Butter
  • 30 g Plain Flour
  • 2 Tsp English Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 75 g Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 4 Slices Bread

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk in a small pan until just before boiling point.
  2. Melt the butter over a medium heat without foaming and then add the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.
  3. Add the milk a little at a time stirring constantly until a smooth white sauce is created.
  4. Throw in the cheese, worcestershire sauce and cheese and keep stirring until melted and smooth.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the egg yolk.
  6. Lightly toast both sides of the bread, I like to butter my toast, in for a penny in for a pound πŸ˜‰
  7. Then spread on the cheese sauce topping and return to the grill until nicely caramalised.

Notes

Serve with a fried egg if you like, apparently this is called a Buck Rarebit!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 593 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 18g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 174mg Sodium: 842mg Carbohydrates: 53g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 23g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

14 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. you are wrong about Worcestershire sauce, while i agree about other versions and copycats of that sauce there is a sauce like it that is to yorkshire tastes better, hendersons relish made in sheffield can be substituted for it and works great.
    its sometimes just called yorksire relish, but hendersons is the name on the bottle most yorkshire supermarkets stock it but Morrisons stock it country wide, its worth a try james martin uses it, if its good enough for him its good enough for us.

    • lol, I do hope that is written with a sense of sarcasm and mirth πŸ˜‰ I know Henderson’s relish and as with all things there will be likers and detractors, I very much prefer Worcestershire sauce and even more so in Rarebit, for me it just is not right without it. That does not mean that is the only way to cook it, just the way I prefer and advocate. Whilst James Martin may like Hendersons, chefs as varied as Fergus Henderson and Gordon Ramsay prefer Worcestershire sauce in theirs πŸ˜‰

      On a practical note, my site reached people in 87 different countries over the last 30 days, Hendersons being available in Morrisons in the UK does not make it a particularly viable ingredient recommendation for a global readership whereas L&P has Global Distribution.

  2. Cheese on toast with an egg was my favourite Sunday evening meal at my parents house before catching the evening train back to London. You have just turned it up several notches. Love the idea of an egg on the spicy rarebit!

    • Apparently, it is a really traditional dish but one I had never heard of… It is now my favourite way to serve it… Even more indulgence πŸ˜‰

  3. Oh my! What a delicious recipe! I love how simple but delicious it looks. SOmetimes classic recipes are the best.

    • So glad you found this, I’ve just filmed a video for this last weekend… Cheese on toast with a splash is more common for me too, but it is worthwhile treating myself occasionally πŸ™‚

  4. No one eats Rarebit on this side of the Atlantic, which is odd, cosidering the amount of fat we love to have here. I’d love to give it a go.

    • I think it is now relatively un common in the UK too although it was very popular once upon a time. I love it a really luxurious breakfast treat, infact we had it for breakfast today πŸ˜‰

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