Welsh Rarebit

By Kathryn Slade Welsh Rarebit

Originating from the 18th century, Welsh Rarebit or Rabbit as it would have originally been now is a sort of ‘posh cheese on toast’.

Ingredients vary but mostly include Welsh cheese, ale and mustard mixed up and served on toast.

Whether it is strictly Welsh is hard to determine but there is a funny tale from the fourteenth century which talks of their love for the recipe.

The Welsh people in heaven were being noisy and causing trouble and in order to get rid of them Saint Peter went outside the gates of heaven and shouted ‘Caws Pobi!’. The Welsh ran out after hearing about toasted cheese and then gates were shut behind them.

Here is our Welsh Rarebit recipe for the perfect dish to celebrate Welsh Rarebit Day!

  • 25g Welsh Butter
  • 375g Welsh Farmhouse Cheese
  • 100ml Welsh Ale or Milk
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • A loaf fresh White Farmhouse Bread
  1. Melt the butter in a pan, add the grated cheese and stir over a low heat until melted.
  2. Pour in the ale or milk; add the Worcestershire sauce and any other flavouring you wish. Season to taste.
  3. Bring the mixture up to near boiling point, and then remove from the heat.
  4. Then toast the bread.
  5. Place on a baking sheet, pour over a good helping of rarebit mixture and brown either under a hot grill, or in a hot oven.

Delicious! Why not mix the traditional recipe up and add some crispy bacon to the cheesy mix for extra tastiness.

We cooked our Welsh Rarebit in one of lodges here at Bluestone. The kitchens are really well equipped so you can cook with ease during your stay.

We sourced the ingredients from Newton Stores in the centre of the village. Did you know you can order your groceries from here before you arrive and they’ll be waiting for you in your lodge?

Why not try this recipe for yourself and let us know how you got on by posting your photos on social media! #BluestoneWales

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