I created these Welsh Glamorgan Eggs around the same time I made the Caerphilly Cheese, Leek and Potato Pie. Its based on the Scotch Egg, I've featured my Vegetarian version of a Scotch egg on my blog in the past made with mushrooms - see here for link, so it was inevitable, I would end up making one upon my move back to Wales.
Scotch Eggs, Welsh Eggs are not that difficult to make. Once you've made the sausage-meat, its all about being patient with the moulding and careful with the deep-frying; and I have to say home-made is lovely, because you won't get that crispy golden crunch anywhere else.
I'm intending to showcase these Welsh Eggs again around St Davids Day in March, so I promise to cut one open for you so you can see not just the hard boiled egg, but the Glamorgan vegetarian sausage-meat clinging onto the egg. I am also planning to make another one called Red Dragon Welsh/Scotch Egg, why? There may be some red chilli flakes in there or maybe some Welsh Red Mustard! Coming soon - wait and see.
These were simply served with home-made piccalilli, pickles and a light green salad.
4 small free-range eggs, boiled, cooled and shell removed
110g Caerphilly cheese, cheddar will also work well, grated
2 teaspoons of parsley
150g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 medium leek, finely minced including green part
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1 large egg yolk
Salt and pepper to taste
For coating and deep frying
4 tablespoons chickpea flour
60g panko crumbs or 60g fresh breadcrumbs
1 large egg white lightly beaten or whisked (optional - I like it whisked as it gives it a tempura like texture).
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Roll the eggs in the chickpea flour.
Place 150g breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl along with the onion, cheese and herbs. Then add the mustard powder and seasoning of salt and pepper. Now add the egg yolk and stir to bind together. I tend to use my hands. Then divide the mixture into four equal portions and then using your hands begin moulding the Glamorgan sausage meat around the egg, squeezing gently to hold and bind it together, ensuring that there are no gaping holes. Mould gently until you have a nice firm and well covered egg. Put in the fridge to chill.
When ready to deep fry, whisk the egg white, dip the eggs in it, then roll gently into the panko or fresh breadcrumbs and deep fry until golden.