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Welsh Rarebit

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Welsh Rarebit

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Welsh Rarebit

Cheese on toast? Perish the thought! The recipe for Welsh rarebit is an altogether more sophisticated affair. True, the key ingredients are cheese (preferably Caerphilly) and toast, but according to aficionados, it’s the addition of milk or beer, mustard, pepper and butter, and perhaps some Worcestershire sauce and an egg, that makes all the difference. And we’re not just talking about any old toast either – to be true to rarebit history as an 18th-century supper or tavern dish, you should use high-quality wholewheat bread.

Originally, the dish was known as Welsh rabbit, for reasons that aren't exactly clear, but probably involved rudeness to the Welsh. Rarebit, implying a choice morsel, was a later, politer variant. There are English, Scots and Irish versions of the recipe, but it's the Welsh version that we English seem to have taken to our hearts.


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Everyone over 50 must have childhood memories of what must have been a forerunner of fast food served in every little cafe and teashop that your parents took you to on seaside holidays.

Ted Foan

I don't wish to be a pedant, but much as I love Welsh rarebit is it an Enlish icon?
Diane Smith

SO simple but SO fulfilling...It's the BEST!!!!
R Parmar

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer