Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: welsh
Servings: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 300 ml beer porter
  • 3 tsps dijon mustard
  • 1 - 2 tsps sauce worchestershire (to taste)
  • 400 g cheddar cheese old , shredded
  • 1 baguette sliced diagonally into 24 slices
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 3 tomato roma , diced
  • 5 green onion stalks, finely chopped


  • pre heat oven to 400F
  • lay out bacon slices in baking sheets and cook 15-20 minutes at 400F til crispy, then finely chop into bacon bits
  • melt butter in a sauce pan on medium, once fully melted whisk in flour to create a roux.
  • Add the beer, mustard and worchestershire. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Remove pan from heat. Add cheese a handful at a time, while constantly whisking. Only add the next handful of cheese once the sauce has returned to being smooth.
  • Adjust sauce flavour with pepper and Worchestershire as needed.
  • Arrange the baguette slices (crostini) on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and broil til golden brown- a minute or less (pay attention to them!)
  • Build your rarebits! Community style: Lay out some crostini , pile on tomatoes, cover with cheese sauce, add bacon bits and green onions. Single style: pile some tomatoes on each crostini, top with about 1 tbsp or more of cheese, bacon bits and onions.


These cheese sauce is also great for dipping pretzels!