Guest Post: Welsh Rarebit

Andrea Erins has been a college professor for 13 years and likes to write about various topics related to education. She is the owner of the site Education Schools. Here she shares her recipe for that Welshest of snacks, Rarebit.

Sometimes even a tried-and-trusted snack can do with a little variety.

For those of you who don’t know about the delightful snack that is Welsh Rarebit, here’s the basic recipe:

2 slices of bread
110g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
2 tbsp good ale
1 tbsp English mustard
1 tsp thyme
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven grill. Combine the cheese, ale, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper in a pot over low heat. Once it’s melted, spread it on the bread and heat the slices under the grill for another minute or so. You can also just put the mixture on toast. It’s great with a little Worcestershire sauce.

If you haven’t tried it already, this is your new favorite snack.

Now for the exciting part – how to jazz up your rarebit!

Welsh Rarebit with a Twist

Cook oysters in butter until the sides begin to curl and put them on the toast before adding the cheese sauce. Brown on the grill and sprinkle with crispy bacon and parsley.

Buck Rarebit

Add a poached egg on top of each slice with the traditional cheese sauce.

Turkey Rarebit

Instead of bread, use cooked turkey steaks with a little tomato puree.

Kentucky Hot Brown

This is a regional favorite in the southern U.S. Put sautéed mushrooms, tomato slices, and a thin slice of turkey on toast before adding the cheese sauce. Heat it on the grill for a minute, then criss-cross two pieces of bacon on top of each slice.

Blushing Bunny

Add some tomato soup to the cheese sauce.

Welsh Rarebit Souffle

For the sauce: add 10g flour and 150ml milk to melted butter and cook for 2 minutes. Then stir in Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce with the mustard and seasoning. Beat an egg yolk into the mixture and add the grated cheese. Whisk egg whites until stiff and carefully fold them into the mixture with a metal spoon. Put the whole thing on toast and place the slices under the grill until the tops are golden and puffy.

Another easy way to add variety is to try using different beers, cheeses, and seasonings.

How do you eat yours?


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