Welsh Rarebit with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

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Welsh Rarebit with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

This version of rarebit is designed to be a quick meal or snack, and if you don't have the time or energy to roast some tomatoes, a simple green salad or even some pickles would make a great fast side.

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  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes


  • 4 small tomatoes, tops sliced off
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted


  1. 1.

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 375°F. Place tomatoes in a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast until tomatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

  2. 2.

    Meanwhile, place beer in a 1 quart microwavable dish and microwave on high until just simmering, about 2 minutes. Toss the shredded cheese with flour, mustard, and cayenne pepper.

  3. 3.

    Add half of the cheese mixture to the beer and stir to combine. Return to microwave and cook on high for 1 minute; remove from heat, add the rest of the cheese and mix well. Return to microwave for 1 minute, then remove and add Worcestershire and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sauce should be smooth and thick.

  4. 4.

    Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until lightly smoking, then crack eggs into pan. Season to taste and fry until the whites are just set but the yolks are still runny.

  5. 5.

    Place each slice of toast on a separate plate, place a roasted tomato next to the bread, then top each slice of bread with 1/2 cup of cheese sauce and top with a fried egg. Garnish with parsley and cracked pepper, if desired.