W is for Wales…
Glamorgan Sausage is essentially what the rest of the world might call a Vegetarian kofta or kebab. It is a popular breakfast item in Wales, made of leeks and cheese. When I looked at the original recipe source, it said to use Caerphilly cheese, which is a Welsh cheese or to use some combination of Cheddar & Havarti. I have never noticed this cheese before, despite visits to Whole Foods and East Village Cheese. I didn’t have time to go to East Village Cheese, my spot for getting inexpensive gourmet cheeses in NYC.
I happened to have a job near Trader Joe’s, so I decided to stop in there and see what kind of substitutes I could find. I first found a block of Dubliner cheese – I figured Ireland is pretty close to Wales so I thought that would be a good substitute and then I was looking for some Fontina or some Gouda since I am not a Havarti fan…and then lo and behold what caught my eye…a block of Welsh Colliers Cheddar and it was cheaper in price than the Gouda too! So it’s not the Caerphilly, but it is a Welsh cheese and I am sure someone in Wales is substituting this cheese to make their breakfast Glamorgan.
This is the perfect “sausage” for the uvo-vegetarian in your life…that consume eggs.
Yield: 8 “sausages”
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 leeks, dark green bottoms trimmed off, finely chopped (about 6 oz.)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Welsh Cheddar cheese (or Caerphilly), grated
- 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (traditional recipe uses freshly made white breadcrumbs but I used store bought seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs)
- 2 eggs, separated and beaten
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- oil, for frying
Heat butter in a skillet. Add leeks and saute until soft and beginning to brown. Add thyme and parsley and cook for 1 more minute.
In a large bowl, combine cheese, 1 cup of the breadcrumbs, milk, mustard, 1 of the eggs, sauteed leeks, salt and pepper. Mix well. Divide into 8 sausage shaped patties.
In 3 separate shallow bowls, place the remaining breadcrumbs, egg and flour, each in its own bowl.
Bread the sausages by rolling first in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs.
Heat enough oil for shallow frying and fry each sausage until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
These are very filling and perfect with just some spinach or maybe some fresh berries, for breakfast.
Crispy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside…
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