Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)

Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
This is a French version (as served in brasseries in northern France) of the traditional Welsh rarebit. It contains boiled ham as well as the usual toasted bread and Cheddar cheese melted in beer.
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Last modified on: February 2nd 2014

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For 2 people, you will need:
  • 1 cheese 300 g cheese
  • 2 ham 2 slices ham
  • 3 olive oil 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 beer 300 ml beer
  • 5 bread 2 slices bread
  • 6 pepper pepper
  • Total weight: 805 grams

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9 min.24 min.33 min.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Grate the cheese, preferably cheddar.

Stage 2 - 4 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Fry 2 slices ham, cut in half, in 1 teaspoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Allow it to colour slightly on both sides.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Using the same pan, without cleaning it, pour in 300 ml beer and bring to the boil.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Turn down the heat and add the cheese.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Stir gently but constantly until the cheese melts and mixes with the beer. Pepper.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Take a small oven-proof dish and place 1/2 a slice of ham in the bottom, then a slice of toasted bread on top...

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
...then the other half of the ham.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
Welsh (French Welsh Rarebit)
Pour the melted cheese over and bake (or put under the grill) to brown the top lightly.

Serve piping hot.
It is important to use Cheddar cheese, the orange variety keeps the right mood. Use whatever beer you prefer. I like to use a Belgian white beer.

You can also serve Welsh rabbit with a fried egg sat on top (sometimes known as a buck rabbit).
Should be eaten right away.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,515 Kcal or 6,343 Kj97 gr122 gr103 gr
76 %37 %12 %16 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
188 Kcal or 787 Kj12 gr15 gr13 gr
9 %5 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
758 Kcal or 3,174 Kj49 gr61 gr52 gr
38 %19 %6 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 2 people : 4.73 €
  • Per person : 2.37 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
BeerBeer: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Endive and beer soup, Gratin du Nord, Carbonnade, Ch'ti mussel tarts, ... All
CheeseCheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potato wallets, French toast "cordon bleu", Langres-style spinach, Grilled cheese, Croque-monsieur complet, ... All
BreadBread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Beetroot salad with cashew nuts, Leek and egg frichti, Nanou's red cabbage salad, Comtoise endive salad, French toast "cordon bleu", ... All
HamHam: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Frichti from Bruxelles, Rice à l'italienne, Purple artichokes in a cheesy gratin, Ham pasta bake, Ham "friand" pie, ... All
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