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Welsh Recipe - Traditional Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)

Welsh Recipe - Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)

Welsh Recipe - Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)

Welsh Recipe - Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)

I'm sure that most people would assume that traditional Welsh Recipes and cuisine would be heavily meat orientated (sheep farming being a national industry), and that vegetarian recipes would be few and far between.

Well yes, the Welsh do like their meat, but as a nation we are not exclusively carnivourous - We like other non-meat stuff too. Take cheese for example. We are very keen on our cheese as anyone who has come across Welsh Rabbit (rarebit) would know. So here is another Cheese-based Welsh recipe for your perusal - Selsig Morgannwg (Glamorgan Sausage).

Glamorgan Sausage is a vegetarian sausage who's main ingredients are cheese, Breadcrumbs and leeks. It is certainly a traditional Welsh recipe, having been mentioned in "Wild Wales" written by George Borrow in the 1850s. In the original Welsh recipe, Glamorgan Sausage was made - naturally enough - with Glamorgan Cheese which no longer seems to be produced. However, Caerphilly cheese is a pretty good substitute, as it is more or less a direct descendant of Glamorgan Cheese and retains much of the same taste and texture as the original.

Chopped leeks - De rigueur for a Welsh Recipe!

Chopped leeks - De rigueur for a Welsh Recipe!

Welsh Recipe Glamorgan Sausage - Here's how to make it.

Ingredients for Welsh recipe Selsig Morgannwg/Glamorgan Sausage:

  • 5oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3oz grated Caerphilly cheese
  • 1 small Leek (or onion if preferred)
  • 1 egg
  • a pinch of mixed herbs
  • a pinch of mustard
  • 1 oz flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 oz crisp breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz fat


  • Finely chop the Leek (or peeled onion)
  • Separate the egg yolk and white
  • Mix the Chopped leek (or onion), breadcrumbs,cheese, all the seasoning and bind the whole mix together with the egg yolk
  • Mould handful sized portions of the mix into sausage shapes and roll in flour
  • Beat the egg white until it becomes frothy
  • Dip the newly moulded sausages in the beaten egg white and then roll them in the crispy breadcrumbs
  • Fry the breadcrumbed sausages in hot fat in a frying pan, or deep fry.

There you go. Your Selsig Morgannwg/ Glamorgan Sausages are ready to eat. Ideal for serving with Mashed potatoes or perhaps some nice hot chips (French fries)

If you have enjoyed this Welsh Recipe, and would like to try some more, I have listed links to some of my other Welsh recipes below.


Other Welsh Recipes:

  • Welsh Recipe: Welsh Broth - Cawl Cymraeg
    Most nations have their own version of Stew or Broth. It seems to have been a staple of diet for as long back as you care to go, and Wales is no different. The Welsh word for Broth is "Cawl" (pronounced like "Cow" with an L on the end). Cawl was the
  • Welsh Recipe - Welsh Rabbit (Welsh Rarebit)
    Welsh Rabbit (often erroneously called Welsh Rarebit) is a traditional savoury dish created by serving a sauce of melted cheese (usually cheddar) and other ingredients over hot toast...
  • Welsh Recipe: Welsh Cakes (Cacen Gri)
    Here we go with another recipe from Wales. This one is a favourite with both locals and visitors to Wales. In Wales they are known by many names (depending on which part of Wales you live in) such as: picau ar y maen, pice bach, cacen gri or teisen r
  • Welsh Recipe - Welsh Bara Brith
    The name literally means "Speckled Bread" and is baked and sold commercially in most parts of Wales, but virtually every Welsh region, Town or Family seems to have their own special version of the recipe.


Gaizy (author) from Denbigh, North Wales, UK on June 13, 2011:

Thanks Scarytaff - I'll try my best.

Derek James from South Wales on June 12, 2011:

Nice one, gaizy. Keep the Welsh ones coming. Cheers.

Gaizy (author) from Denbigh, North Wales, UK on June 12, 2011:

@ Lilleyth @Redelf - Thanks for the comments - Yes, try them. My daughter is a veggie, and she loves'em.

RedElf from Canada on June 11, 2011:

I certainly agree with Lilleyth, your recipe does sound absolutely delicious. Nice hub!

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on June 11, 2011:

Interesting. Sounds delicious!

Gaizy (author) from Denbigh, North Wales, UK on June 11, 2011:

Thanks for the comment & vote Jeff. Yes Welsh can be a bit tricky. Morgannwg = More + gan + oog (this is pretty close) ;-)

Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on June 11, 2011:

Forget how to make it; I want to know how to say it! Is there perhaps a youtube video of someone pronouncing the name of this dish? (Especially the wicked consonant cluster at the end: "nnwg." What does that sound like?)

No, seriously, though, this does sound delicious, and I'll try it at the first opportunity. A good hub, voted useful and up.

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