RarebitMushroom rarebit

This is cheese on toast with attitude – the mushrooms are delicious in their own right, but combined with the crunchy bread and rich cheese sauce, this dish is a knockout.

Serves 4


  • 250g/9oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 50g/2oz flour
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • 250ml/9oz beer or milk or a combination of both
  • 100g/4oz strong cheddar, grated
  • 4 large slices bread
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Lightly toast the bread and place on a baking tray.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the mushrooms, cook these on high heat for a minute, then add the garlic and a pinch of salt and cook for a moment more. Divide the cooked mushrooms and place a potion on each slice of bread.
  3. In the same pan melt the butter and mix with the flour then cook gently for a couple of minutes, stirring to prevent this from burning. Stir in the beer or milk a little at a time, until you have a thick but smooth sauce. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Season well with black pepper and pour the cheesy mixture onto each slice of bread and mushrooms. Cook under a hot grill for a few minutes, until browned and bubbling and serve.

Recipe by the Community Chef

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