24 of the Best Welsh Recipes for St David's Day

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  • 01 of 05

    What is St David's Day Food and Drink

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    Chicken, Leeks and Welsh Caerphilly Cheese Recipe. British Leeks

    March 1st is St Davids Day in Wales, a day to celebrate both Wales and fabulous Welsh food and drink. St David's Day is a day in honour of their patron saint, a Celtic monk who spread the word of Christianity across Wales in the 6th century.

    On the day, the Welsh will wear either a daffodil or leek, two national emblems of Wales. The leek is associated with St. David as it is considered healthy, virtuous, and with healing qualities. It also acquired mystic virtues with claims that girls who...MORE slept with a leek under their pillow on St David's Day would see their future husband in their dreams!

    No wonder then that leeks feature heavily in St David's Day Recipes and Welsh food.

    Wales may be the smallest country in the British Isles but this in no way reflects on the vast array of excellent produce to eat and drink, it stands high on a global scale. The Welsh are famous for their meats, fish and seafood, their cheeses are unique, and they even produce wine at Llanerch Vineyard near Cardiff.

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  • 02 of 05

    Start with a Good Welsh Breakfast

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    Start St David's Day with a hearty breakfast. A full Welsh breakfast is not complete without Laver Cakes Though Laver Cakes are an essential part of a Welsh breakfast they can also be served as a side dishes with roast meats. 

    If you don't want such a big breakfast, then there is always lovely Crempog (Welsh Pancakes).

     

     

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  • 03 of 05

    Welsh Rarebit and Other Light Lunch Recipes

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    Leek and Cheese Rarebit. British Leeks

    What better choice for  a light lunch or snack on St David's Day is a traditional Welsh Rarebit It is, understandably one of the most famous dishes in Wales. Some call it "posh cheese on toast" but that does not do justice to this delicious dish.

    Traditionally a Welsh Rarebit is made using a Welsh Cheddar cheese and also lends itself beautifully to other cheeses, particularly a Welsh goats cheese or alternatively use a Y Fenni cheese which contains mustard seed and ale.

    Another great...MORE dish for a light lunch or for dinner is a pie. Below are 2 recipes for perfect pies for St David's Day, both containing leeks, the emblem of Wales.

     

     

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  • 04 of 05

    Welsh Lamb and Beef

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    Welsh Cawl. Getty Images

    Welsh main course recipes will invariably feature lamb and beef, as Wales is famous for both.  In the delicious recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb with Honey and Cider below which comes from Gilli Davies, the honey, cider and rosemary are also local Welsh flavours. Ginger has been enjoyed in Wales since it was brought back by the Crusaders.

    Another recipe to make the most of the early spring, Welsh lamb is Stuffed Leg of Lamb. What better way to serve it than slow roasted with pungent garlic and a good...MORE sauce. Delicious served hot, but this recipe also makes a lovely cold cut for sandwiches and light lunches.

    Wales national dish of Cawl Cennin is traditionally made with neck of lamb, bacon or as in this Cawl recipe made with beef and bacon.

     

     

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  • 05 of 05

    Welsh Cakes and Puddings

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    If you think Welsh food is simply based around lamb and leeks, then think again. Wales has a great reputation for baking wonderful cakes, buns and pancakes.

    There cannot be a St David's Day celebration without a plate of Welsh Cakes. Welsh cakes are a lovely tea time treat. They were originally cooked on the hot plate of a coal oven but can easily be cooked in a heavy non-stick frying pan or griddle. Eat them with lashings of butter while they are still hot, but equally they are great cold.