Delicious Traditional British Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe from Wales. Authentic Welsh Rarebit Recipe.

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Introduction About the Recipe

A traditional British Welsh Rarebit recipe is perhaps one of the most popular Welsh dishes, an upgraded version of cheese on toast. The tasty dish has even made its mark on Welsh culture by having a national Welsh Rarebit Day on 3RD September.  The traditional British Welsh Rarebit recipe is made up of thick slices of toasted buttered bread layered with a cheesy sauce flavored with mustard and beer! It’s mouthwatering, moreish and a perfect indulgent brunch dish made in just 15 minutes.

The key to this simple dish is using good quality ingredients. The bread must be thick, around 2cm (0.8 inch) is perfect as it allows the cheese on toast to absorb without totally overwhelming it. The cheese should be a good quality cheddar and the beer needs to be strong, an ale or stout is commonly used too. Enjoy this tasty Traditional Welsh Rarebit!

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Traditional British Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe from Wales. Authentic Welsh Rarebit Recipe.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: British Traditional Welsh Rarebit recipe
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Main Cooking Method Baked – Cooked in Oven
Occasional Cooking Party Food Recipes


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 327 kcal


  • 4 slices (4 slices) Wholegrain Bread Thick
  • 30 Gram (1.06 oz) Butter Plus, extra for spreading
  • 50 Gram (1.76 oz) All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
  • 150 ml (5.29 oz) Strong Beer
  • 200 Gram (7.05 oz) Mature Cheddar
  • 1 Tbsp (1 Tbsp) English Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp (2 Tbsp) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp (1 Tsp) Ground Black Pepper


  • Preheat the grill until it is nice and hot.
  • Place the sliced bread under the grill until it is lightly toasted.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the flour. Cook for a minute or so stirring constantly.
  • Gradually stir in the beer, until you have a smooth, thick sauce.
  • Add the grated cheese whilst continuously stirring. The sauce will thicken as the cheese fully melts. Stir in the mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, and black pepper and remove from the heat.
  • Once the bread is lightly toasted, spread a layer of butter onto each slice, then equally divide the cheesy sauce onto each slice, covering the crusts.
  • Transfer the slices onto a baking tray and play under the grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
  • Remove the slices from the grill and cut in half to serve and enjoy!


For vegetarians, be sure to use a vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce.

For non-alcoholic alternatives, milk can be used instead of beer. For mustard, Dijon or Wholegrain can be used instead of English Mustard.


For the sauce, it is important to stir continuously to avoid it catching.


A Tomato Chutney or Chilli Jam. Top with bacon, leeks, or serve with a green salad.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Seasonal Cooking Winter Recipes


Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 13gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 492mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 698IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 370mgIron: 1mg
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