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Wet garlic rarebit

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Vegetarian mains

Wet garlic rarebit

Main Serves 2 20 min
Rarebit is a real treat for lunch or dinner – this version is for garlic lovers. Serve with a big green salad for a quick lunch or dinner. We like using quite a dark beer for flavour, but go for your favourite, as you'll be drinking the leftovers! The secret to success is to make sure the bread's a little dry so it keeps some crunch and the cheese stays on top.


  • 25g butter
  • 10cm piece wet garlic, finely shredded
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 50ml ale or stout
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 200g Cheddar, grated
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2-4 slices bread, depending on loaf size
  • extra shredded raw garlic, optional


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Melt the butter and fry the garlic for 2 minutes on a gentle heat.
  • Step 2

    Whisk in the mustard powder and then the beer and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Step 3

    Gently heat, adding the cheese and whisking together until smooth (don't let it boil).
  • Step 4

    Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Whisk in the eggs yolks.
  • Step 5

    Heat a grill and toast the bread on one side. Turn and grill the other side, but don't fully toast this side.
  • Step 6

    Spoon the cheese mixture onto the toast.
  • Step 7

    Grill until bubbling and golden. Serve with a little shredded raw garlic, if you like.

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