From Welsh rarebit to blue cheese and pear tarte tartin, Alex James’ cheesy recipes are worth the calories

The Blur star has given us two of the cheesiest of cheesy recipes so that you can serve your family and friends a hearty meal they won't forget anytime soon.

Welsh rarebit two ways

(Serves 2)

Option 1

Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Cals: 999

Sat fat: 18g

  • 1/2 x 415g can baked beans
  • 125ml ready-made béchamel sauce
  • Handful grated Gouda
  • 1/2tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 egg
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved

Option 2

Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Cals: 903

Sat fat: 11g

  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks
  • 25g butter
  • Pinch mustard powder
  • 50g Cheddar, grated

To serve:

  • 1 baguette/ciabatta/sourdough, halved horizontally
  • Salad leaves
  • Vegetable crisps

Blue cheese & pear tarte tatin

(Serves 6)

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 35 mins

Cals: 632/Sat fat: 26g

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 6-8 small pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • 500g all-butter puff pastry
  • 100g blue cheese (Alex’s Blue Monday crumbles brilliantly)

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