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Welsh leek and goat's cheese rarebit

22 February 2018

This variation of a classic Welsh recipe uses softened buttery leeks and creamy Welsh goat's cheese to bring the recipe up-to-date.

Welsh rarebit with softened leeks and Welsh goat's cheese
Welsh rarebit with softened leeks and Welsh goat's cheese

Preparation time

20 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes




  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and finely shredded
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp/5ml mustard powder
  • 150ml/¼ pt milk
  • 110g/4oz creamy Welsh goat's cheese
  • Light sprinkling of sea salt and ground black pepper


Welsh goat's cheese comes in a variety of guises. Choose a mild, creamy one without a crust so it will easily melt into the sauce. Alternatively use Y Fenni cheese which contains mustard seed and ale.

1. Cut ciabatta loaf into 2cm/ ¾” thick slices. Place in a hot oven for 5 – 8 minutes to crisp and lightly brown. Rest on a cooling rack to keep crisp whilst preparing the rarebit.

2. Melt the butter in a medium size pan and gently sweat the leeks for 2 -3 minutes to soften but not brown. Stir in the flour and mustard powder. Gradually stir in the milk and bring to simmering point to make a thick sauce.

3. Stir in the goats’ cheese until melted. Season well.

4. Generously spoon rarebit onto the toasted ciabatta. Brown under the grill until bubbling and serve immediately.

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