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Say Cheese! Cheddar and Guinness Welsh Rarebit

In America, we'd probably call it an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, but across the Atlantic in the British Isles, it's known as Welsh rarebit (also called Welsh rabbit). The dish consists of a beer and cheese sauce that is poured over a slice of toast. Dating back to 300 years ago, rarebit first made its appearance in taverns across Ireland and England. Who wouldn't want to pair their ale with a cheese toasty?

While there are various renditions of rarebit, this particular recipe features Guinness and Irish cheddar to make it St. Patrick's Day-appropriate. The cheesy spread doesn't look very appetizing after a whirl in the food processor, but after a trip to the broiler, it emerges bubbling, gooey, and impossible to resist. Comforting like the American classic but with bolder flavors from the beer, mustard, and cayenne, it's like a grilled cheese, all grown up.

Try this recipe for Welsh rarebit with an Irish twist.

Beer Cheese on Toast

Beer Cheese on Toast

Beer Cheese on Toast


  1. 2 baguettes
  2. 1 pound Irish cheddar, like Kerrygold, cut into 1-inch cubes
  3. 3/4 cup dark beer, like Guinness
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  7. Salt, to taste
  8. 1-2 slicer tomatoes, cut in 1/4-inch half-moon slices


  1. Cut each baguette width-wise in half. Then cut each half into 3 pieces.
  2. In a food processor, combine cheddar, beer, garlic, mustard, and cayenne and grind until a smooth paste forms. Salt to taste.
  3. Preheat broiler oven setting. Spread beer cheese over baguette pieces and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with aluminum foil.
  4. Broil for about 2 minutes, rotating pan once, or until cheese is bubbling and browned around the edges. Serve with tomato slices.

Serves 6.

Frika Frika 8 years
Made this and it was a SUPER hit! I still have some left over too! YUM!
Advah Advah 8 years
Oy I'm so hungry!!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
Mmmmm. Yummmm. Cheeeeese...
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
(Homer Simpson voice) mmmmmmmmmmmmm beer cheese.
Food Food 8 years
emalove emalove 8 years
That chicken rarebit recipe didn't appeal to me at ALL.
nancita nancita 8 years
Rarebit is such a funny name, but this looks seriously tasty.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
That looks delicious!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
OoOoh! I have to try this! :feedme:
mswender mswender 8 years
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