Welsh Recipe - Traditional Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)

Welsh Recipe - Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg)
Welsh Recipe - Glamorgan Sausage (Selsig Morgannwg) | Source

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! | Source

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.

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Jeff Berndt 5 years ago from Southeast Michigan

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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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

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

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Lilleyth 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Interesting. Sounds delicious!

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

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

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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

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

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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales

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

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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

Thanks Scarytaff - I'll try my best.

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