Glamorgan sausages

Glamorgan sausages

Glamorgan sausages

After my review of vegetarian sausages, I thought I’d continue this week’s theme by posting a recipe for Glamorgan sausages. This is a simple, traditional Welsh recipe, made using locally-produced Caerphilly cheese. The sausages are great served with good, old-fashioned mash or champ (mashed potato with spring onion.)

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 200g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 150g Caerphilly cheese, crumbled or grated
  • Half a leek or 6 spring onions, very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Black pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp English mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 45 g butter

Method:

  1. Mix together 150g of the breadcrumbs in a bowl with the cheese, leek or spring onion, parsley, thyme and salt and pepper. Blend well.
  2. Beat the eggs with the mustard.
  3. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture and stir the remaining mixture into the breadcrumbs.
  4. If it seems too dry, add a small amount of milk to help bind it together.
  5. Divide the mixture into eight and shape each portion into a sausage, about 2.5cm thick.
  6. Put the reserved egg mixture into a shallow bowl and spread the remaining breadcrumbs onto a plate.
  7. Dip the sausages into the egg mixture and coat in the breadcrumbs.
  8. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the sausages for about 5 minutes, until brown.
  9. Reduce the heat and fry for a further 3-4 minutes.

Mwynhewch eich bwyd!

Photo: kersy83

Vegetarian sausages

Sausages and mash

Sausages and mash

I recently heard a comedian say: “If vegetarians don’t want to eat meat, they shouldn’t be allowed to use the shapes!” But as we all know, meat substitute products can be very useful.

For people who have recently turned vegetarian and are still experimenting with meat-free cooking, meat substitutes come in handy, enabling you make veggie versions of tried-and-tested recipes.

Also, for couples and families where only one individual is vegetarian, it makes sense to cook meat and veggie versions of the same meal, such as spaghetti bolognese, shepherd’s pie or sausage and mash.

What’s more, when it comes to barbeques, although it’s fun to make vegetable kebabs, bean burgers and grilled halloumi, sometimes you just want to throw a veggie burger on the grill and sit back and enjoy a beer!

So, keen to help out (as always) thegreenveggie has decided to review a few meat substitute products you might find on the shelves at your local supermarket. This week, we’ll start with vegetarian sausages…

1. Cauldron vegetarian sausages, £2.10

Cauldron products are always a winner. They’re a little bit more expensive than some other meat substitute brands, but the quality is always reliable. These are my personal favourites and are by far the best in terms of taste and texture.

They’re available in Lincolnshire and Cumberland varieties and have a delicious herb and pepper seasoning. From my fading memory of meat, I would also say these are the closest to “real” sausages.

I like to use them for sausage and mash, toad in the hole, vegetarian roasts and cooked breakfasts.They’re also delicious fried and chopped into pasta dishes.

Available at Asda, Coop, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose.

2. Linda McCartney sausages, £1.89

Linda McCartney Foods produce a wide range of meat-free products, which are usually a bit cheaper than some other brands. I used not to like these sausages very much, but now buy them regularly.

They’re best if you don’t think of them as sausages, as they don’t really resemble “real” sausages! Instead, they have a breadcrumb coating and are made from seasoned cereal and vegetable protein.

I like to use them for cooked breakfasts and on bbqs, but they’re not very nice in pasta / toad in the hole, as they have a tendency to go soggy.

Available at Asda, Coop, iceland, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose.

3. Quorn sausages, £1.99

Personally, I’m not a fan of Quorn sausages. The texture is a bit like rubber and they taste and look very prefabricated.

Best used on bbqs, as the smoke gives them some extra flavour, the charcoal gives them a bit more colour and the beer stops you from caring!

Don’t be put off trying other Quorn products though. I really like the Quorn mince, which is great for bolognese, chilli and lasagne. Their products are also low-fat.

Available at Asda, Coop, iceland, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose.

photo: Xuemin guan.