Thursday, 1 March 2018

Welsh Laverbread, Leek and Potato Samosa

Happy St David's Day.

For St David's Day, I decided to give the Welsh cakes, Bara Brith and Cawl - all vegetarian and vegan versions of course -  a miss.
This year, I wanted to make something that both acknowledged and celebrates my South Asian heritage and my Welsh root and shoots - Yes, a little bit of fusion  with this home-made Welsh Laverbread, Leek and Potato Samosa.  Yes that favourite South Asian moreish snack filled with spicy goodness and then encased in a crispy and flaky pastry.
There is not much growing in my garden at the moment, but as a Welsh woman I am proud to say there are some leeks (and some red Chard). 

Therefore, the leeks in this Welsh Laverbread and Potato Samosa come from my garden.  The fresh laverbread from a Cardiff Market from E Ashton Fishmongers.  

My Welsh Laverbread, Leek and Potato Samosas are totally vegan, but you can crumble in some Caerphilly cheese to go all the way with the Welsh theme.
The sauteed leeks with soft potatoes lightly covered in Welsh laverbread were then encased in a robust homemade pastry.  My pastry has cumin seeds in it, but you can keep it plain, or thrown in some black onion seeds. But to make your life easy, please feel free to use filo pastry too, I often do.  And then deep or shallow fry to make it flaky and crispy.  Enjoy. Stay warm, and stay safe.  

Once again Happy St David's Day and if your looking for more Welsh Laverbread inspiration, see the links below.

Welsh Laverbread, Leek and Potato Samosas
Makes Around 20
2 medium onions, peeled and sliced thinly
800g leeks, washed and then sliced thinly into rounds
3 tablespoons Welsh rapeseed or other oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
250g - 300g cooked potato cubes
2 - 4 tablespoons laverbread
Salt to taste
In a wide pan, heat the oil, then stir in the sliced onions and saute for around 10 minutes or so until it begins to soften, then stir in the leeks and cook for another 10 minutes to soften.
Add the spices and pan fry for a couple of minutes to smother the soft leeks and onions.
Then stir in the cooked cubes of potato and the laverbread  and cook for a couple of minutes.
Remove from the heat to cook down before filling and folding the samosas. 

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  1. These sound great. Happy St David's day. Sounds like you have done well in celebrating your heritage. And in growing leeks!

    1. Thank you Johanna. Yes, I am pretty pleased about the leeks. Off work today due to the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma. It is really bad here, we really have to dig ourselves out of of home as the snow is nearly 3 foot and I am just over 5 foot. I am fine as I do not have any work to do from home, but D is working from home and getting mobile phone calls.

  2. I agree...that sounds GREAT! Leeks have been few and far between the last couple of years here in the markets...I'm hoping to find them during Farmers Market Season, however!

    1. Thanks Jennifer. I am surprised to hear that leeks are far and few between where you are, hope you find some. I like their sweetness when cooked down

  3. Those look delicious! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus☺

  4. Happy St. David's Day to you. These look wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much e. They were most enjoyable and I have some in the freezer too. My mind is working overtime with other ideas.

  5. Fusion kitchen is awesome!
    I would loooooove those samosas!
    It's so much work to make them...

    1. Thank you so much. I made so many that I put them in the freezer! I agree it is so much work to make the pastry, so sometimes I would cheat with filo pastry, not this time though.

  6. You had me at samosa. These sound completely delicious and I love how the leek came from your garden. Happy St. David's Day!

    1. Thank you so much Kimmy. I have a load of leeks to use up, but the snow came over the w/e that I could not get to them, hoping to lift some this weekend for another Leek based dish.

  7. Happy (belated) St David's day. These sound like a great hybrid of Welsh and South Asian and very delicious.

  8. Happy belated St David's day! I love the way that leeks have a tremendous resilience, even with the weather we've been having. I wonder if you can get laverbread in London? I'd love to try cooking with it!

    1. Thank you Joey. Possibly at fishmongers...

      Otherwise, I am more than happy to post you a tin of it, its not the same as fresh stuff - but its the closest - honestly it would be my pleasure - email me your address
      see link below for image of tin


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