Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit

5 from 4 votes
50 minutes
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Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit is how to turn cauliflower into an easy, cheesy beer-infused lower-carb comforting meatless meal!

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The inspiration behind this recipe:

This Wisconsin cheesehead finds cauliflower covered in a cheese sauce something hard to resist.  However, when it also includes beer, I’m really all over it!

Welsh Rarebit is a classic old English tavern dish where a beer-infused cheese sauce smothers good, toasty bread.  Here, that venerable dish gets an update with cauliflower in Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit!

Now, I have to admit as a Wisconsin girl with Polish heritage, this dish was always a bit of a mystery to me–especially when I heard it referred to as Welsh “rabbit.”  It actually freaked me out a little bit because growing up on a farm with a hunter father, rabbit sometimes ended up on our dinner table.

Yeah, those were the nights I filled up on potatoes.

Have no fear vegetarian readers, no cute little bunny rabbit in this dish!  Just some good-for-you cauliflower!

And because cauliflower replaces the bread, we’re keeping this classic dish lower-carb, too with Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit!

Photo of a head of fresh white cauliflower.

How to make Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit:

  • Start with a super fresh head of cauliflower.
  • Cut it into “steaks.”  If it falls apart a little bit, don’t worry.  Just put the steaks back together the best you can.
  • Brush the steaks with a little canola oil. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Photo of cauliflower steaks on baking sheet ready for roasting.
  • Place the steaks in the oven and roast until beginning to brown slightly on the top.  The steaks will be a little bit more browned underneath but that’s okay.
Photo of cauliflower steaks on baking sheet after being roasted.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the cheese sauce.  Use a nice, aged sharp cheddar.
Photo of a pile of freshly shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cook some shallot in butter, add flour to help thicken the sauce, some seasonings, beer and then the cheese!  Yes, the glorious cheese!
  • Add Worcestershire and black pepper to taste.
Photo of cheese sauce in saucepan.
  • Pour the thick, flavorful cheese sauce over the cauliflower steaks.
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Photo of cauliflower steaks on baking sheet with cheese poured over them.
  • Pop the Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit under the broiler for a few minutes… and baby!
Photo of cheese-covered broiled cauliflower steaks on baking sheet.
  • Grab the rest of that bottle of beer and enjoy!
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Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit, baby!  Let’s dig in!

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Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit

5 from 4 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Cauliflower Welsh Rarebit is how to turn cauliflower into an easy, cheesy beer-infused lower-carb comforting meatless meal!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Vegetarian / Vegan Entrees
Cuisine English
Servings 4
Calories 411 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 3-4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium shallot - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup good beer
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut the head of cauliflower into thick slices, each approximately 3/4 to 1-inch thick.
  • Brush the slices with canola oil, season with salt and black pepper and place on a baking sheet.
  • Roast for 25-35 minutes or until softened and the stem can be easily pierced with a knife.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, make the sauce.
  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, reduce heat to low and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, being careful it does not brown or burn.
  • Add the flour and dry mustard and cook, stirring occasionally for 1-2 minutes. Do not let it brown.
  • Remove from the heat and pour in the beer. Return to the heat, then add the cheese in handfuls, whisking constantly over low heat until cheese melts and is smooth, 2-3 minutes. Add Worcestershire and black pepper to taste.
  • Preheat the broiler. Place a rack 6 inches from the heat.
  • Spoon or pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
  • Place under the broiler and broil until bubbling and beginning to brown, 2-4 minutes. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1steak | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 617IU | Vitamin C: 103mg | Calcium: 475mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was so delicious. The cheddar, beer and dry mustard made such a flavorful sauce. My husband has already requested that I make this again. Just a note: 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce is listed in the ingredient list, but not mentioned when to add it. I added it along with the beer…turned out great.

    1. Hi, Linda, Thanks so much and so happy you both enjoyed! Not sure where that went, but I’ve corrected the recipe. Thanks again and Happy 2024!

  2. That cheese sauce looks INCREDIBLE! And it definitely includes all of the flavors I love : shallots, good beer, sharp cheddar, etc. What an easy, yet super flavorful dinner idea!