Cheese on toast is always a brunch favorite. It’s quick and easy to make, and so delicious. This Welsh Rarebit uses stout, mustard seeds and Worcestershire sauce to give the cheese a malty savory edge.
We invited another couple over for brunch recently and when I asked them what we should have, one of them said, “How about Welsh Rarebit?” I actually thought he was saying a “Welsh rabbit” with a strange British accent! After some clarification and research, it turns out Welsh Rarebit is a specialty recipe for cheese and toast (originally named Welsh rabbit, but probably had a name change to make it a bit more fitting since there’s no rabbit in it!).
Who doesn’t love cheese and toast for brunch? It is always a favorite among vegetarians and carnivores alike, and it has become my latest way of having it. Welsh Rarebit is super easy and is a real crowd favorite.
Even among the Welsh, there are a variations on how to make it. Some mix the cheese with butter or mustard, some use beer or wine, and some pour a melty cheese mixture over the toast instead of grilling it. I haven’t tried every combination because I love this simple recipe so much. Soon though, I’ll make some new variations and share them with you!
Although it is still cheese on toast at the heart of this dish, the stout, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard seeds add a fuller and more savory flavor. Just a warning, if you weren’t addicted to cheese on toast already, you will be after having this Welsh Rarebit!
- 4 tablespoons stout
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon mustard seeds
- salt (optional, to taste)
- 1½ cups (175g) strong Cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 slices of good quality crusty bread (I used sourdough)
- In a small saucepan, simmer the stout until it reduces by about half the amount.
- While the stout is simmering, butter both sides of the bread and lightly grill both sides.
- Preheat the broiler in your oven.
- When the stout is ready, remove from heat and mix in the Worcestershire, black pepper, mustard seeds, salt (if using) and cheese.
- Distribute and spread the cheese mixture evenly over the grilled bread. Broil in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is nicely toasted and browned.
The beautiful blue stoneware plates and vintage off-white bowls from Minor Goods.