Believed to be a true Welsh recipe, Welsh Rarebit is "Caws Pob" in the Welsh language which literally means cheese (Caws), roasted or baked (pob). Thanks to Donald for the translation!
The basic Welsh Rarebit recipe consists of a slice of bread topped with cheese mixed with a splash of beer and Worcestershire Sauce. From this basic recipe comes our favourite version below.
If you have a Diablo Toasted sandwich maker then check out our Welsh Rarebit a la Diablo recipe by clicking here.
2 good sized slices of white or brown bread
110g / 4 oz mature Cheddar cheese
1 heaped teaspoon of finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon if chopped or half a teaspoon dried or fresh sage
3 tablespoons of beer (not lager)
Half a teaspoon of English mustard
Half a teaspoon of vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce
A sprinkling of Cayenne pepper
Finely chop or grate 1 heaped teaspoon of onion, grate the Cheddar cheese and then mix (use a fork) everything together except the bread and cayenne pepper.
Place the bread under a medium heat and toast it. The grill is better than a toaster because the grill will crisp up the bread better, rather than burning the surface.
Mix all ingredients for Welsh Rarebit
Divide the mixed ingredients into two and spread on the two pieces of toasted bread. We used brown bread because we prefer it but white bread will do just as well.
Spread the mixture right to the edge of the toast to prevent the toast burning when it goes back under the grill. Sprinkle cayenne pepper lightly over the top of the mixture. The cayenne pepper will not only impart a mild, spicy taste but will also give the top of the Welsh Rarebit a delightful mahogany colour.
Spread Welsh Rarebit topping onto toast
Place the two loaded slices of toast under a medium grill. Cook until the cheese is bubbling and has started to turn brown (the cayenne pepper helps to give a rich colour).
Serve on a plate with some garnish or salad and eat immediately.