Real Welsh Rarebit


A classic Welsh rarebit recipe was shared with me years ago. This is my adaptation using more local ingredients. If you don't like beer, you can replace it with milk; it will still taste great. Serve over toasted bread or English muffins.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 cups


  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®)

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ cup beer

  • ½ pound Cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Cook and stir until smooth and bubbly, about 5 minutes.

  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Gradually stir in milk, then return to heat and stir continuously until mixture comes to a boil. Slowly pour in beer; cook and stir for 1 minute. Melt Cheddar cheese into mixture in small portions until completely incorporated.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
21g Fat
7g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 325mg 25%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 115mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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