Welsh Rarebit

Spelled rarebit. Pronounced rabbit. Tastes delicious. Incidentally this cheesy delight can also be used in the construction of an Illinois delicacy known as a Horseshoe Sandwich (aka Freedom Sandwich). To make one simply take a thick slice of toasted bread and top with a quantity of cooked meat (hamburger/deep fried pork tenderloin/chicken/etc.). Next cascade with a generous portion of chips/freedom fries and finally crown with a heavy dollop of welsh rarebit. Probably very tasty. Possibly illegal this side of the Illinois state border.

Welsh Rarebit

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Skill level: easy
Serves: 2


  • strong cheddar – grated – 200g
  • beer – 150ml
  • butter – 30g
  • plain flour – 1tbsp
  • English mustard – 1tsp
  • Worcester sauce – splash to taste
  • s & p
  • 4 slices of good bread such as ‘Oat and Molasses

Preheat the grill.

Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour to form a roux.

Gradually stir in the beer to make a thick sauce and then add the cheese, mustard and Worcester sauce (omit if vegetarian).

Stir to a lovely silky smooth consistency and remove from the heat.

Taste and adjust seasoning.

welsh rarebit

Toast one side of the bread, turn over and spread thickly with the rarebit.

Grill until bubbling and beginning to brown.


Make some more.

Repeat until sick.

Welsh Rarebit

And later once the rarebit spillage in the grill pan has cooled you can peal it off for a bonus cheesy tidbit.

Verdict: Even better than cheese on toast!!!

Drink: The rest of the beer as a mid-morning treat.

Entertainment: A weekend mixture of newspaper and radio.


  1. Amanda from Illinois

    So, while this looks delicious, I have to say, nothing like the Horseshoe in Illinois…the horseshoe is bread/toast, some sort of meat, French fries/chips (depending where you are in the world) and then cheese sauce. Not really melted cheese–it’s a creamy sauce.


  2. Hi Amanda

    Indeed, nothing like a Horseshoe. I must say, it sounds and LOOKS delicious.



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