Welsh Rabbit (a.k.a. Welsh Rarebit) is a delicious hot cheesy mess served on toast. It doesn't contain any rabbits, but for my version I've infused the cheese sauce with stout and mustard before spreading it on toast and growing the tops in the broiler.

A delicious melty mess, Welsh Rabbit is an easy pub favorite with a stout infused cheese sauce browned on toasts (and no bunny rabbits).

British cuisine often ends up being the butt of culinary jokes, but for the most part the reputation is ill-deserved. I say “for the most part” because like any food, when cooks get lazy and don’t make things right, the food they make isn’t going to taste very good. This Welsh classic is an easy snack, and quite possibly the tastiest way to eat a piece of toast.

Although there is no rabbit in this dish, it’s called Welsh Rabbit. What it does contain is stout, mustard, cream, and loads of cheese mixed into a roux. The resulting sauce is rich and intensely cheesy with earthy undertones thanks to the stout. Honestly it would be just delicious eaten out of the pot with some bread as a fondue, but what really makes this dish pop is that it’s grilled atop a slice of bread until golden brown. The high temperature not only toast the bread, it also toasts the top surface of the cheese, giving it a thin skin of browned cheesy goodness that conceals a layer of molten cheese underneath.

With a delicious porter infused cheddar cheese sauce browned on toasts, Welsh Rabbit is a delicious vegetarian dish with a misleading name.

Welsh rabbit is a simple pub favorite that goes astonishingly well with a pint of your favorite brew. When I make it, I like to add a topping that literally makes this dish pop. The small caviar-like spheres you see on top are pickled mustard seeds. The seeds not only add a tart contrast to the rich cheese, they also give the crispy gooey toasts a marvelously stimulating texture elevating the humble classic to a new level without adding much effort.

I know someone is going to bring this up, so it’s worth noting that some people have corrupted the spelling of this dish to “Welsh Rarebit”, presumably to avoid confusion with the furry bunny variety, but the original spelling is “Rabbit”.

Welsh RabbitA delicious melty mess, Welsh Rabbit is an easy pub favorite with a stout infused cheese sauce browned on toasts (and no bunny rabbits).

Summary

  • CourseAppetizer
  • CuisineBritish
  • Yield4 toasts
  • Cooking Time8 minutes
  • Preperation Time2 minutes
  • Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon
cultured unsalted butter
2 teaspoons
all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon
Dijon mustard
1/4 cup
stout
1/3 cup
heavy cream
85 grams
Cheddar cheese (shredded)
pickled mustard seeds (for garnish)
ground black pepper black (to taste)
flat-leaf parsley (minced, for garnish)

Steps

  1. To make a Welsh Rabbit, start by making a roux.
    Add the butter and flour to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, until the mixture is bubbly, but the before the flour browns.
  2. Add stout to your Welsh Rabbit to make it nutty.
    Add the mustard and stout and quickly whisk the mixture together until smooth.
  3. Cream goes into the welsh rabbit
    Stir in the cream until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Add the cheese a little bit at a time, stirring constantly the prevent the rabbit from burning or breaking. Taste and add salt if needed.
  5. Pour the mixture over sliced bread and then put the bread in a toaster oven to brown the cheese and toast the bread.
  6. Garnish with pickled mustard seeds, black pepper and parsley and serve immediately.