• 225g grated, strong cheese such as Cheddar or Cheshire
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 level teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • Shake of pepper
  • 4 tablespoons beer, Guiness or milk (Guiness gives a stronger flavour)
  • 4 slices bread toasted on 1 side only


  • STEP 1
    Put the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour and pepper into a saucepan.
  • STEP 2
    Mix well and then add the beer, Guiness or milk to moisten. Do not make it too wet!!
  • STEP 3
    Stir over a gentle heat until all is melted, and when it is a thickish paste, stop stirring, and swivel it around the saucepan, which it will do quite easily.
  • STEP 4
    Leave to cool a little, and meanwhile toast the bread on one side only.
  • STEP 5
    Spread the rarebit over the untoasted side and brown under a hot grill.
  • STEP 6
    This mixture can be made and kept in the refrigerator for several days if required. Sweet white wine can be used instead of beer and gives a good flavour.
  • STEP 7

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