What on earth is a rarebit? Well the name for this cheesey dish was originally Welsh Rabbit, and no there is no rabbit in there at all. Actually it originates for an 18th century joke that hit the Welsh for being poor. People would say that this cheese on toast dish was the meat they could afford for supper so referred to it as Welsh Rabbit (ie fake rabbit, cheese instead).
Melted cheese and bread is served all over Europe and the USA, in Switzerland you have fondue and in France the famed Croque Monseur, well in the UK we have Welsh Rarebit and it is no normal cheese on toast, this is oozy, tasty perfection.
Here is a super easy recipe for you to try at school. You might want to use milk instead of beer!
- 225g grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard powder
- 2 tsp flour
- good pinch of black pepper
- 4 tbsp beer, Guinness or milk
- 4 slices of bread
Warm the grated cheese, butter, worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour and pepper in a small pan.
Add the liquid (milk at school)
Stir well and let it all come together into a thickish paste when everything is melted together.
Remove from heat.
Toast the bread on one side only.
Spoon the cheesey topping on to the untoasted side of the bread slices and heat under a hot grill till bubbling.