Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Pickled Onion

Photography: Tango | Food Styling: Nataly Simard | Prop Styling: Caroline Simon

The Welsh rarebit is a dish originating from Wales. Traditionally, it consists of a piece of toast covered with a melted concoction of cheese, beer and seasonings, which is then broiled. Here, we’ve added ham and pickled onion. You can replace the homemade pickled onion with store-bought pickled onions or chopped pickles.

  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : January/February 2022


Pickled Onion:
Welsh Rarebit:


Pickled Onion  In small saucepan, combine vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar and salt; bring to boil. Let boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in onion; let stand 10 minutes.

Welsh Rarebit  Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Gradually add beer, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, whisking and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, until mixture has thickened. Add cheese and continue cooking, whisking, until melted and mixture is smooth. Season with pepper.

Preheat oven to broil. Place toasted bread slices on baking sheet. Top with ham slices and drained pickled onion. Spoon Welsh Rarebit over top. Broil until cheese is bubbling, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with chives.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Calories 600
  • Total fat 29 g
  • Saturated fat 16 g
  • Cholesterol 90 mg
  • Sodium 1300 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 60 g
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Protein 25 g
  • Iron 3.1 mg
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Welsh Rarebit with Smoked Ham & Pickled Onion