Welsh Leek and Cheese Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings

A rarebit is such a confusingly named dishes as some call it a rarebit, some a rabbit. Why? Mainly, it is regional and whichever you choose, this traditional British dish makes a great snack, lunch or quick supper dish. The delight of the rarebit (our preferred name) is it is so quick and easy to make and such a comforting dish. 

This variation on the classic Welsh Rarebit recipe brings this traditional favorite bang up to date with Welsh goats' cheese and leeks. Leeks are a symbol of Wales and therefore so welcome alongside the goat's cheese. 


  • 1 fresh Ciabatta loaf or rustic sourdough
  • 2 medium leeks (trimmed, washed and finely shredded)
  • 2 oz./55 g. butter
  • 1 oz./25 g. plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup/150 mL milk
  • 4 oz./110 g. creamy goats’ cheese (preferably Welsh)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the Ciabatta or sourdough loaf into 2 cm (1 inch) thick slices. Place in a hot oven for 5 to 8 minutes to crisp and lightly brown (do not overcook or the bread will become hard, it should still be slightly chewy).

  3. Rest the toast on a cooling rack to keep crisp while preparing the rarebit.

  4. Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan and add the leeks. Gently sweat the leeks for 2 to 3 minutes to soften but not brown taking care to make sure they do not burn.

  5. Stir in the flour and mustard powder—the leeks will become very thick but do not worry. Gradually stir in the milk, constantly stirring, and bring to simmering point to make a thick sauce. Continue to cook the sauce for a few minutes, keeping a close eye on the sauce, to cook out the flavor of the flour, not cooking will leave a raw flavor to the sauce. 

  6. Stir in your chosen goats’ cheese until melted. Season well.

  7. Generously spoon rarebit onto the toasted Ciabatta. Brown under the grill until bubbling and serve immediately.

  8. Enjoy!