Welsh Rabbit (Rarebit) - Sort of Toasted Cheese

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Nothing is more delicious that a well-made Welsh Rabbit, or 'rarebit'. It is easy to make but you do need to keep your eye on it! Have the toast made, and keep it warm, before you start cooking the cheese - which is best coarsely grated because it melts easily. From 'The Country Kitchen - Cheese And Biscuits' - Jean Hatfield.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt the butter or margarine in the top of a double boiler over boiling water. Add the milk or beer; when this is warm, add the grated cheese.
  2. With a fork, stir lightly but constantly until the cheese is melted. Season with Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and cayenne.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the lightly beaten egg, which will cook in a few seconds.
  4. Pour the mixture over the hot toast.
  5. Sprinkle with a little paprika if liked, and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Karen E, this is the first time I ever tried Rarebit and it won't be the last. Lovely flavor and textures. I used an extra old cheddar and toasted ciabatta bread to soak up all that goodness into the bread crevices. It was wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. Made for Beverage Anyone? Tag Game 2015.

Baby Kato March 29, 2015

This was good but I'm not sure why the site gave the measurements for the butter, beer, and cheese in metric units and the rest of the ingredients in US measures ( I used the tab for US measurements). Also, the cheese and liquid began to separate as soon as the mix cooled; thinking a little flour should have been incorporated into the butter to make the emulsion hold. It was edible but glad I did not try this for company.

pollypolly February 13, 2015

This made a great breakfast for us this morning. Quick and easy. Made for Favorites of 2014.

Lavender Lynn January 31, 2015