St David's Day recipe: Welsh Leek and Goat's Cheese Rarebit

Published Tuesday, Feb 24 2015, 18:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Welsh rarebit is a traditional dish and with St David's Day (1 March) fast approaching, there's no better time to whip up this gorgeous dish.

This particular recipe is a twist on the classic, combining leeks and creamy goat's cheese together for a comforting and really yummy flavour. It's then spread on to ciabatta and melted under the oven until the cheese is bubbling and the bread is crusty.

Welsh rarebit

© British Leeks


  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and finely shredded
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 1 x5ml teaspoon mustard powder
  • 150ml/¼ pt milk
  • 110g / 4oz creamy Welsh goat's cheese
  • Light sprinkling of sea salt and ground black pepper


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 goat's cheese until melted. Season well.

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

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of British Leeks

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