Vegetarian "sausage"? Blasphemy or brilliant? Hold your judgment until you try this tasty Welsh treat, made with leeks, thyme, and cheese. And, of course, I added garlic. Serve with mustard for dipping.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
15 mins
50 mins
1 hr 45 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Pour 1 tablespoon oil into a deep pan and heat over medium heat. Add leeks and saute until tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add thyme and garlic; saute for another 30 seconds. Transfer to a mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator until cooled to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Remove from the refrigerator and add 1/2 of the bread crumbs, 1/2 of the flour, the Cheddar cheese, Havarti cheese, 1/3 cup milk, 1 egg, and mustard powder. Mix until a dough forms. Move to the refrigerator until cooled and congealed, about 30 minutes.

  • Whisk the remaining egg and 1 teaspoon milk together in a bowl. Add remaining flour to another bowl. Place remaining bread crumbs in a third bowl.

  • Roll a handful of the leek mixture into the shape of a sausage. Roll in the flour, coat in the egg wash, then dredge it in the bread crumbs. Repeat to form remaining "sausage" links.

  • Heat 1/2 to 3/4 inch of oil in the same pan over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fry each link in the hot oil until the outsides are crispy and golden brown, about 2 minutes per side, working in batches if needed. Transfer to a paper towel-lined sheet to drain grease.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

191 calories; protein 8.2g; carbohydrates 19.7g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 75.1mg; sodium 157.2mg. Full Nutrition