also known as Bara Lawr, is a traditional Welsh food made
from seaweed, regarded as a Welsh delicacy. It has been a
staple of the Welsh diet for centuries and its popularity
has spread throughout the UK and beyond. While some might
be hesitant to try a dish made from seaweed, Laverbread is
a nutrient rich food that is both tasty and versatile.
The main ingredient in Laverbread is Laver, a type of seaweed
that grows on rocky shores. Laver is high in protein, fibre
and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin
B12, iodine and iron. In fact, Laver contains more iron than
any other vegetable, making it a great food for vegetarians
Laverbread is typically made by simmering Laver in water
for several hours until it becomes soft and pulpy. The seaweed
is then mashed or puréed and mixed with oatmeal or
another type of grain to give it texture. The resulting mixture
is formed into small cakes or patties, which can be fried
or grilled and served with a variety of accompaniments.
One of the most popular ways to serve Laverbread is with
breakfast. It pairs well with eggs, bacon and sausages and
is often served as part of a traditional Welsh breakfast.
Laverbread can also be used as a filling for sandwiches or
added to soups and stews for added nutrition and flavour.
While Laverbread may not be a common food in some parts of
the world, it is available in some supermarkets and health
food stores in the UK. If you are feeling adventurous and
want to try making your own Laverbread, here is a recipe to
get you started:
200g Laver seaweed
100g medium oatmeal
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter or oil, for frying
the Laver seaweed in cold water to remove any sand or debris.
Drain and chop into small pieces.
a large pot, bring 1 litre of water to a boil. Add the chopped
Laver seaweed and simmer for 2 - 3 hours or until the seaweed
is soft and pulpy.
the seaweed and allow it to cool slightly. Transfer to a
food processor and pulse until it forms a smooth paste.
a mixing bowl, combine the Laver paste with the oatmeal
and finely chopped onion. Mix well and season with salt
and pepper to taste.
the mixture into small cakes or patties, about the size
of a small hamburger. Heat the butter or oil in a frying
pan and fry the Laver cakes for 2 - 3 minutes on each side
or until golden brown and crispy.
the Laverbread hot with your choice of accompaniments, such
as eggs, bacon or sausages.
Laverbread is a delicious and nutritious food that is a great
addition to any diet. Whether you're looking for a new breakfast
dish or want to try something different for lunch or dinner,
Laverbread is a versatile food that is easy to make and full
of flavour. So why not give it a try and discover the taste
of this traditional Welsh delicacy for yourself?
A few further recipes to try:
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