Citizens, thanks to some savvy tech help from my good friend Andi, we have solved the issue of the image bug that was wreaking havoc on our last few shared Facebook images. To celebrate, today’s recipe is from Andi’s storied homeland. 🙂
Hailing from the glorious and ancient land of Wales, this is a truly delicious recipe with a dual identity. Despite the use of the word “Sausage”, the Welsh Glamorgan actually uses no meat whatsoever – it instead uses cheese (usually Welsh Caerphilly cheese), leeks, mustard, herbs and spices all bound with egg yolk as the filling. The outside is then rolled in bread crumbs for the “casing”. So – if you’re an ovo-lacto vegetarian, congratulations as you can happily enjoy this sausage guilt-free!
Glamorgan sausage (Welsh: Selsig Morgannwg) was first mentioned by George Borrow in his acclaimed book, Wild Wales, written in the 1850s. They were originally made with Glamorgan cheese, which is no longer available – but Caerphilly cheese is a direct descendant of the old traditional Glamorgan cheese recipe and provides the same general texture and flavor. Caerphilly can be found in better cheese shops in the U.S., but I recommend a substitute if you can’t get it.
My recipe is basically a traditional version, but I do enjoy the taste of sage in this, so I’ve added it. Most (but not all) traditional recipes don’t use it, so feel free to omit the herb if you prefer to go old-school. I’ve also tweaked the herb and mustard balance to my preference to create a truly delicious version of this classic!
For those with a fondness for languages – Welsh Gaelic will truly tax the tongue of the uninitiated. It uses many consonants, few vowels and the words can get very long indeed. By way of example: one town in Wales has the longest name in the world…
…wait for it…
Andi can rattle this one off like it’s nothing – my tongue on the other hand requires major surgery to untangle the knots this name causes to the non-native Welsh speaker. Wales is one of my favorite places on Earth and I hope someday those of you who aren’t from the UK have the opportunity to experience this wonderful land for yourselves – and perhaps learn some Gaelic yourselves in the process! 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo