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Real Welsh Rarebit has beer in it. Wait what!?

What's in Welsh rarebit sauce?

It’s a cheese dish. It can be made with milk or with beer. It’s hot and gooey and served over toast. It’s fast and easy to make. Welsh Rabbit as we know it begins in 18th-century Britain. The first recorded mention appeared in 1725, but by the time 20th-century America rolled around, it had settled into the life of home kitchens as an inexpensive dish almost any cook could successfully prepare.

People may think Welsh rarebit is just a variation of cheese on toast, but Welsh rarebit's cheese has a whole lot more going on. To make cheese on toast, all you have to do is slice some cheese and toast it with a piece of bread, but Welsh rarebit requires a little more culinary skill and is cooked separately from the toast.

Welsh rarebit sauce typically includes butter, milk, beer, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, ground black pepper, all-purpose flour, salt, and Cheddar cheese. Some recipes may substitute hot sauce for Worcestershire, while others incorporate heavy cream or even egg yolks to give the cheese sauce an even more luscious texture.

How do I make Welsh rarebit?


  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®) (Optional)

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ cup beer