Golden Squash & Gruyère Rarebit

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Serves4 people
Golden Squash & Gruyère Rarebit

This super seasonal spin on cheese on toast adds sweet butternut squash to a rich mix of gruyère cheese, a splash of beer or cider and a pinch of spice. Golden and bubbling, it’s just the thing for cold weather and hungry tums.


  • 200g Cave-aged Gruyère
  • 200g butternut squash, peeled
  • 3 tbsp ale or cider
  • A handful of thyme
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • A dusting of chilli powder (optional)
  • 4 slices of sourdough (rye is particularly great here)
  • A few slicks of butter

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 10 mins

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1. Heat your grill to high. Finely grate the cheese and squash into a bowl. Mix in the ale or cider, the thyme leaves, a little pepper and a pinch of chilli powder (you can leave the chilli powder out, if you prefer).
2. Lightly toast your bread on one side by slipping it under the grill. Remove the bread from the oven. Butter the untoasted side. Pile the grated cheese and squash mixture on top. Press firmly into the bread to ensure it stays put and cooks evenly.
3. Arrange the rarebits on a baking tray and melt under the grill for 10 mins or till the cheese and squash are golden. Delicious served alongside soup or a stew, or for a breakfast treat.
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