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Collier’s Welsh Rarebit

Collier's Welsh Rarebit
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 2
A Welsh Classic popular all over the world
  • 3 Egg Yolks,
  • 50ml Brown Ale,
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard,
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce,
  • 200g Colliers Cheddar, grated,
  • 3 Shallots, finely diced,
  • 3 x Traditional English Muffins, cut in half
  1. Preparation and Cooking
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Preheat the grill
  4. Toast the muffins on both sides, under the grill
  5. Spread a layer of the cheese mix on top, quite thickly, and grill until brown and blistered.
  6. And serve immediately


Welsh rarebit is made with a savoury sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients and served hot on toast. Welsh rarebit is typically made with Cheddar and may include ale, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce amongst other things.

The first recorded use of the term Welsh rabbit was in 1725, but the origin of the term is unknown. It may be an ironic name coined in the days when the Welsh were notoriously poor: only better-off people could afford butcher’s meat, and while in England rabbit was the poor man’s meat, in Wales the poor man’s meat was cheese.

It is also possible that the dish was attributed to Wales because the Welsh were considered particularly fond of cheese, as evidenced by Andrew Boorde in his Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge (1542), when he wrote “I am a Welshman, I do love cause boby, good roasted cheese.” In Boorde’s account, “cause boby” is the Welsh caws pobi, meaning “baked cheese”. It is the earliest known reference to cheese being eaten cooked in the British Isles but whether it implies a recipe like Welsh rarebit is a matter of speculation.

The term Welsh rarebit is evidently a later corruption of Welsh rabbit, being first recorded in 1785 by Francis Grose. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘Welsh rarebit’ is an “etymologizing alteration. There is no evidence of the independent use of rarebit”.

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