The Welsh love their food, which is hardly surprising given the wealth of amazing ingredients the country has at its disposal. From delicious fresh vegetables to the highest quality lamb, Wales is a country with a rich food history. Who doesn’t love food, anyway?
It’s hardly surprising seeing the determination to get food and drink festivals smoothly running at the moment. Food is a huge part of peoples’ lives in the country, and the Welsh will always strongly argue that they do it the best, although that debate is set to rumble on for centuries more. With an abundance of traditional dishes and amazing produce throughout the country, a number of Welsh favourites have been born over the years.
So, to reminisce and perhaps inspire you ahead of your next cooking session, here is a look at some of the best food Wales has to offer.
Roast lamb with laver sauce
A favourite for so many, roast lamb with laver sauce is a commonly served dish throughout the country and is regarded by many as its national dish. Millions of Welsh people have enjoyed it over the years, either after returning from a local rugby match or following a casino gaming session at one of the newest Microgaming casinos in the UK. It’s perfect for any occasion. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy deliciously tender lamb, accompanied by a deep-green laver sauce? Divine.
Don’t let the name fool you; Glamorgan sausages aren’t your average sausages and actually contain no meat whatsoever. A favourite for vegans and vegetarians, the Glamorgan sausage is made from a combination of Caerphilly cheese, leeks, and breadcrumbs, with some people sprucing them up a tad by adding spring onions, nutmeg, thyme, parsley, or mustard into their version of the famous sausage. You really can’t go wrong with a Glamorgan sausage, can you?
A delicious and traditional plate of food, Anglesey eggs is adored by large numbers of the population and contains hard-boiled eggs baked in a bed of soft mashed potatoes, smothered in a thick, creamy sauce made from leeks and butter. Grated cheese can then be added on top, although it essentially boils down to personal taste if you add it or not. Some would also argue that the dish is best enjoyed alongside a helping of bacon chops or grilled sausages, too.
Anyone for a hearty bowl of Cawl cennin? A traditional Welsh leek and potato soup, this humble creation has been served up in homes around the country for generations, with some home cooks leaving out any meat, and others adding chicken stock. Cawl cennin, thick crusty bread and a delicious Welsh butter – what more could you want?
Welsh Onion Cake
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Welsh Onion Cake is arguably the number one comfort food dish on this list. It’s not only incredibly tasty, but it will fill up your belly, too. Known in Wales as teisien winwns or teisen nionod, the cake consists of layers of thinly sliced potatoes, onions, plenty of melted butter, seasoning and then – on occasions – cheese. Enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment, Welsh Onion Cake is pure perfection.
Wales’ version of meatballs are often made from pork offal, and cheap cuts of meat such as heart and liver and are a staple throughout the country and in parts of England. A unique feature of faggots compared to say Swedish meatballs is the way that they’re held together with caul fat (stomach membrane) on the external layer. A dish with a rich history dating back to World War II, faggots is adored by all.