Leek and Pear English Rarebit

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by English_Rose

For a quick and tasty snack try this tasty version of a traditional British bread and cheese dish.

Top Review by RubySue

I love rarebit but not many people I know know much about it. This was an unusual combination of flavors and I made it because it used up some stuff I had (leeks, pears) that were on their last legs. My DH said he could do without the sage, but I liked it. I cut back on the cheese and used a tablespoon of stone ground mustard instead of powder - but the sauce was great. Thanks for a great recipe - I'll make it again - would be a fun first course for a traditional English meal (like Beef Wellington or some such).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lightly toast the bread on both sides.
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan. Add the leek and cook gently, stirring now and then, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the pear and sage and cook for 1 minute. Set aside.
  4. In another saucepan, put the cheese, egg yolk, mustard and stout. Stir over a gentle heat until the cheese melts and forms a creamy mixture. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Preheat the broiler.
  6. Divide the leek and pear mixture on top of the toast and then pour over the cheese sauce.
  7. Broil under a hot broiler until bubbling and brown. Serve at once.

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