This recipe traditionally uses Caerphilly cheese. You may wish to add some alternative ingredients to this recipe – for a Mediterranean touch mix together chopped red onion, chopped olives, small capers, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes (this mixture will replace the weight of the leek). Use basil in place of parsley and add some chopped herbs to the coating breadcrumbs. Fry in light olive oil.

Makes 16 small sausages | Prep 20 minutes | Cook 15 minutes


  • 225g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 125g grated cheese
  • 3 medium-size free-range eggs
  • a little milk
  • salt and white pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 175g leek shredded and sautéed in a little butter for 2 minutes
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of fresh, chopped parsley


  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium-size free-range egg
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying


01 Place the breadcrumbs, cheese, seasoning, mustard, leek, and parsley into a mixing bowl, mix well.

02 Beat together the eggs, and add to the ingredients. Mix the ingredients to form a firm dough, you may need a little milk if the mixture is a little dry. Divide the mixture into 16, and form each portion into a sausage shape.

03 Coating the sausages is optional, however, this does give a wonderful crispy texture to the sausages. Beat the egg and add the milk. Place the breadcrumbs on a plate and season lightly. Take each sausage and roll it in the egg mixture, drain a little, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat until all the sausages are coated, chill for an hour.

04 Heat a heavy-based frying pan, add a little oil, add the sausages a few at a time and cook over medium-low heat until golden all over. The sausages should fry gently, if the heat is too high they will brown too quickly and not be cooked through.

Laver cakes
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  • Total:10 mins
  • Prep:5 mins
  • Cook:5 mins
  • Yield:4 cakes (4 servings)


  • 4 ounces/100 grams laverbread (seaweed; fresh or canned)
  • 1 ounces/25 grams oatmeal (medium or fine)
  • 2 teaspoons bacon fat (or lard)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the laverbread and oatmeal. Divide the mixture into 2 inch / 5cm round and 3/4 inch / 2cm thick patties.

  3. Heat a heavy-based frying pan on the stovetop. Add the fat to the pan and heat to hot but not burning. Slide the patties carefully into the hot fat a couple at a time and fry quickly for 2 – 3 minutes on each side.

  4. Lift carefully from pan with a palette knife and lay onto kitchen paper to drain. Serve as part of a Welsh breakfast or as a side dish to roast meats.

What Welsh recipes do you like to make? Share your recipes with me in the comments. Until next time.