A classic version of this dish was shared with me years ago. This is is my adaptation to more local ingredients. If you don't like beer, you can replace it with milk and it will still taste great. Serve over toasted bread or English muffins.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat; blend in the flour, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce; continue cooking and stirring until the mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually stir in the milk; return to heat and stir continually until the mixture comes to a boil. Slowly pour in the beer; cook 1 minute more while still stirring. Melt the Cheddar cheese into the mixture in small portions until completely incorporated. Remove from heat.

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Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 11.5g 23% DV; carbohydrates 7.2g 2% DV; fat 21.1g 33% DV; cholesterol 63.3mg 21% DV; sodium 505.2mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Well, it reminded me of old times. The first time I tried this was in high school cooking class in , well never mind but it was a long time ago. Still tastes the same. Think some of our younger reviewers, not being famililar with Welsh Rarebit, don't realize it is not just a cheese sauce. it is an entree. I liked it, it reminded me of home, not so much my home, but of high school. Family liked it and we are ging to have it again. I've never had it with beer, I just used milk and some cream. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2009
Followed the recipe to the letter which I never do and it was...bland. Queso w/o the good stuff. Not horrible but not something I'll do again. I will use the method to make queso with tons of hot sauce and onions and garlic! Read More
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  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Well, it reminded me of old times. The first time I tried this was in high school cooking class in , well never mind but it was a long time ago. Still tastes the same. Think some of our younger reviewers, not being famililar with Welsh Rarebit, don't realize it is not just a cheese sauce. it is an entree. I liked it, it reminded me of home, not so much my home, but of high school. Family liked it and we are ging to have it again. I've never had it with beer, I just used milk and some cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
Very tasty & super-quick to make. Made as written the seasoning was balanced not too much of any one flavor. This was not picante-hot so most or all children who like cheese & bread will like this. This can easily be made with either all milk or all beer but the 2 together are especially tasty. Best when eaten immediately as the leftover sauce quickly became cold & more solidified. I lightly toasted ciabatta bread slices (1/2 inch thick) then put the solid sauce on top to reheat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. It was good. Next time I'll probably sprinkle in some chipotle or red chile powder because I like that spicy flavor rather than increase the vinegary hot pepper sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
I've never had Welsh Rarebit before so I don't know how it's supposed to taste but this was very good! I didn't have any beer so I used all milk as the description suggests. I needed a little extra salt and pepper on mine because I left out the hot pepper sauce (kids were eating too). I sprinkled a little paprika on top for presentation but next time I think I'll try a little cayenne instead. I served it over toasted broken up bagels. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2010
This recipe is very close to one I have in an ancient cookbook with a few changes. Momfish has an excellent recipe. I made it pretty much exactly as written, but used a 16 ounce block of cheddar, chopped into pieces, and an extra 1/4 cup of beer (Yuengling porter- its what was in the fridge). Although this recipe is considered a meal, I placed it in a fondue pot and used it as an appetizer. Most fondue separates into oil and milk solids which you need to keep stirring, but Welsh Rarebit does not separate in a fondue pot, even after several hours. If I ever need a fondue recipe I will come here, rather than get a real fondue. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2011
If you don't have beer don't make this recipe. It's not the same without it! This was a great recipe. The better the cheese you use the better it tastes. Use a nice aged sharp cheddar it makes all the difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Real Welsh Rarebit is pure comfort food. This would be good dish for lunch with the family on a rainy day. Since this recipe comes together so quickly and my entire family enjoys it it may become part of our regular roster. Please note that after it begins to set up it must be served immediately. My daughter ate it as written. My husband and I like it a little spicier so we sprinkled red pepper on our individual portions. We served it over toasted French bread. As soon as we tasted it my husband got out the tortilla chips to try with it. It reminded me of cheese fondue so I tried it over an apple slice. We both thoroughly recommend it served those ways as well. Good job Momfish! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
delish! made this for my boyfriend (who is welsh) and he loved it (couldn't stop eating it out of the pot). We had leftovers the next day so I heated it up and poured it on an open faced sandwich - yum! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2009
Followed the recipe to the letter which I never do and it was...bland. Queso w/o the good stuff. Not horrible but not something I'll do again. I will use the method to make queso with tons of hot sauce and onions and garlic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2010
this was great reminded me of the rarebit from a tea house that is now closed. I did add a shake of onion flakes into this which gives it another great flavour Read More
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