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Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

Growing up in London meant every now and then I’d get a hankering for fish and chips. So Mr. Cooking Jar and I recently checked out a British pub and restaurant on a quest for them. Happily, I got what I wanted and more: an appetizer called Welsh Rarebit. “Thick slices of toasted white bread topped with onions, tomato and cheese, then broiled until golden brown” – Cricketers British Pub and Restaurant.

Welsh Rarebit

Cheese? Yes please. We ordered it and soon after came this heavenly looking plate of cheese on sliced baguette. The cheese looked so smooth and puffy you just wanted to poke it. It was just an endless sea of cheese. I barely noticed the baguette, it was just a meaningless crisp pedestal on which to showcase the true star of the show: cheese, glorious cheese. It was love at first sight for me.

After my eyes feasted, the tasting quickly followed. The plate was accompanied with a dip of Worcestershire sauce. I found this a little odd, but was optimistic. It worked out great!. A dip and a bite later and I soon discovered caramelized onions and tangy tomato hidden under the cheese. It was delicious. I promised myself then I would reverse engineer it at home.

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Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 4


  • 1/2 baguette, cut into slices
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Butter
  • Worcestershire sauce


  1. Over medium high heat, saute the sliced onions in olive oil
  2. Add sugar and cook until onions have caramelized and browned. Remove and set aside
  3. Spread butter on one side of each baguette slice and toast in an oven at 350 degrees until brown, about 5 minutes
  4. Arrange onions on each slice and top with a slice of tomato and cheddar cheese
  5. Broil at 450 degrees F for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted
  6. Dish and serve hot with Worcestershire sauce on the side


Yields about 18 slices

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  • Reply
    Thyme Cypher
    November 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I almost want to make this, replacing the bread with potato slices!

  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    August 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Oh Oh!!!! This is so spectacular and just adore the cheese on top of the onions and baguette. Let me get the ingredients and work on it this weekend, I mean its where I have extra time to try new recipes.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      It’s sinfully delicious and oh so bad for you but you only live once!

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