Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by David Michael

Welsh Rarebit Cheese Ball

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The bold savory flavors of Welsh rarebit in an easy to serve and enjoy cheese ball. Strong flavors of mustard, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce with a sharp cheddar cheese base makes a cheese ball that can shine on its own. Perfect for a super bowl party or any big game. Classic Welsh Rarebit taste in a cheese ball – the ultimate beer cheese.

Welsh Rarebit Cheese Ball Recipe

4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 pound)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dark beer, such as Guinness
Garnish: Crushed pretzels to coat the cheese ball
Pretzels, crackers, chips to serve.

In a food processor, blend together the cheddar, cream cheese, mustard, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce. Slowly add the beer with the food processor running. Form the mixture into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight to firm up and allow flavors to develop.

Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the crushed pretzels to coat.
Serve with pretzels, crackers, chips, etc.

Crush the pretzels with a rolling pin for a more chunky coating, like the one in the picture above. If you want a finer coating pulse the pretzels in the food processor to make finer pieces. Go slow – it’s easy to turn them into crumbs.

See our Super Bowl Party post for more great game day recipes.

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