Have you ever tried the Welsh Anglesey Eggs dish? It’s a simple yet hearty vegetarian recipe made with mashed potatoes, leeks, eggs, and a cheddar sauce.
It makes for an easy and quick supper…or a great brunch or lunch meal. Plus it is just as good served piping hot or cold out of the fridge on a hot summer day. Although best know as a 15th-century recipe hailing from Wales, some say Anglesey Eggs actually date back to the Viking days or even Roman times. We will never know for sure the recipe’s origin, but we can attest to how delicious it is.
Welcome to Day 3 of the Epic Game of Thrones Food Battle between myself at CulturEatz and Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen! We are having a week-long recipe battle in honor of the long-awaited return of the show which premieres this Sunday.
Heather and I are both big fans and after a few email exchanges we settled on this plan: we will each take turns every other day posting 3 unique recipes each. And on Sunday, July 16th we chose a specific theme we must both follow – but our recipes will remain a secret until our posts go live!
Evelyne – July 10: Blackberry Galette with Red Wine Sauce for a Red Wedding
Heather – July 11: Honeyed Chicken
Evelyne – July 12: Welsh Anglesey Eggs for House Banefort
Heather – July 13: Bran Muffins
Evelyne – July 14: Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad & a Mojito
Heather – July 15: Blackberry Wine Slushies
Evelyne – July 16: Sauteed Clams Oysters and Snails with Sea Greens
Heather – July 16: Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguine
Make sure to visit our sites each day this week to see all our Game of Thrones inspired recipes!
Have you ever looked at a map of England and at a map of Game of Thrones? It’s not always easy to pinpoint exactly reality with fantasy. I found the Anglesey Eggs in my Medieval Cooking in Today’s Kitchen cookbook. Now I had to place it in a GOT context. Let’s see where Anglesey is?
OK it is an island off the north-west coast of Wales, pretty in between Dublin and Liverpool distance wise. But that island is not on the Game of Thrones map. The closest guess I have is Pyke or Banefort. My gut is leaning towards House Banefort on this one (Update: OK I have been corrected. It’s actually Waterford, Ireland because Westeros map is Ireland upside down with England on top upside down OMG…see map here). From memory, they are not a big family we read or see regularly on the show.
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Welsh Anglesey Eggs for House Banefort
Located in Westerlands, one of the three first ethnic groups to have populated Westeros was the First Men. And some say the Starks have some of their blood running in their veins. I swear I only know this from looking online…yet I feel like a total geek right now 😉
Back to the recipe. There are a few interesting Welsh dishes out there, such as the Welsh rarebit recipe. I wanted something very local. Some of the few crops that grew successfully in Anglesey were leeks and potatoes. These ingredients are common in old recipes from that part of Wales. I somehow managed to make a pretty presentation in the dish, no small feat, but it serves terribly. Yet the taste of this simple dish is deceptively excellent for this all-vegetarian dish. ‘All-but-the-kitchen-sink’ leftover recipe would be a great way to explain the Anglesey eggs recipe from Medieval times, a recipe enjoyed both by the poor and the rich alike.
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Note: I am listing the full recipe but I only made half.
Welsh Anglesey Eggs
- 5 hard boiled eggs peeled and halved
- 1.5 pound potatoes
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 large leeks washed, chopped
- 2 cup warm milk
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 6 oz grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- Salt pepper, thyme and basil, to taste
- Chop and cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain well and mash them. Beat in half the butter and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- In another pan boil the eggs for 8-10 minutes. Run over cold water until cool enough to handle. Peel and half the eggs.
- Boil the leeks in a pan of boiling water for 5-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and stir into the mashed potatoes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease an ovenproof dish with butter. Spoon mashed potato mix into the dish.
- In a saucepan melt the butter over a low heat, whisk in the flour continuously for 1-2 minutes, until well combined. Whisk in vigorously the warm milk, bring to a boil, and simmer until the sauce is thick and smooth. Add the nutmeg and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in most of the cheese until melted.
- Lay the eggs ace up on top of the potatoes. Cover with the sauce and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Add a little bit of thyme and basil on top.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is a bit crisp and the sauce is bubbling.
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I can’t get enough leeks. Love their flavor. What an interesting as well as delicious looking dish – topping leeks with hardboiled eggs. YUM!
Yes I a fan of leeks too! Fun different dish for them.
This dish was so yummy–thanks for posting this recipe. I can see how traditional potato salad must have come from this early recipe.
Thanks Wendy for your comment and you are so right, could be the origins of the potato salad, hard boil eggs and all!
Hi Evelyne. Your recipe is wonderful however, a bit misleading with amount of eggs. The recipe calls for 10 hard boiled eggs cut in half. That would give 20 halves. I think it should read 5 hard boiled eggs halved.
Hi Erin, thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. You are absolutely right, that was a typo. I have changed it to 5 eggs. I appreciate you letting me know.
O.M.G! This looks soooo gooood <3
Thank you Taruna 😀
Never tried this before but love all ingredients so thought I’d give it a go. Made a smaller version tonight with 4 eggs. Turned out great and very tasty so had a second helping, lol. Used parmesan as no cheddar to hand and sautéed the leeks in garlic butter rather than boiling them. Will definitely be trying this again, maybe add some bacon pieces to the potatoes. Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you Michelle for your comment and for modifying the recie to your liking. I need to do this one again too!
That looks so freaking good! I’m such a fan of egg dishes and this one looks exceptional. I’ll be headed to Panama tomorrow for a month so I will unfortunately miss GOT premiere this weekend. Enjoy!
Thanks Melody and you are in for a treat if you like egg dishes. One month in Panama…so envious:-D
Love this recipe. We were in Wales last 2014 but didn’t get introduced to this! Thanks.
Thank you Carol. I wonder if there is modern version of it, this one was poplar during the Middle Ages 🙂
I have just saved this for my next experiment. Trust me I really like idea.
Thanks for sharing. My kids gonna like that
Thank you Ana!
I live on Anglesey and this is one of my favourite dishes, it makes a superb side dish as well for a main course, like serving it with grilled Gammon/ Bacon chops, yummy.
it also helps if you are having guests for dinner and not quite sure if there are any vegetarians at the table, embarrassing moment sorted!
OMG. Who needs meat???
You and Heather are rockin’ this!
No need for meat here. Thanks Debra we are having a blast!
That is full of my favourite things, It’s a perfect comfort food dish. GG
Yes totally a comfort food dish but never saw it made like this 🙂
Oh how fun! Love this theme. I am a series behind on GoT so I’d better catch up! Love the look of this dish, will definitely try it.
Thank you Gingey, and oh my time to catch up season 7…4 days away 🙂
This meal was absolutely fantastic! It’s a simple recipe yet the flavor was incredible. I think next time I’m going to make wells and potatoes and leeks and then put raw eggs in the wells instead of hard boiled eggs. I think if they bake with the dish they will be a more important part of the dish. I’d love to this.
I am so happy you loved the recipe and this a good idea for the eggs.
The theme of your challenge is great!!! I’ve never come across Anglesey eggs, though I’ve holidays there twice, and I do love the look of them! Want to try soon…
I also had never heard of Anglesey Island. Now you make me want to go to Wales 🙂 Hope you make it soon.
What a great Sunday night supper!
Yes…and leftovers for breakfast 🙂
This dish looks really tasty. When I come back from a few days of traveling I will have to make it. The new GOT season starting soon is a good reason to make it too!
Hope you do try it Lara, so good. and 4 more days 🙂
Wow, I’ve never had this before, but it sounds absolutely delicious! It has three of my favorite things – mashed potatoes, eggs, AND cheese! I’ll have to try to make this sometime!
Thanks Kaylene, it new to most people lol. I hope you will try it!
I have never heard of this dish, let alone to taste it. It sounds and looks delicious with potato and cheese.
I nevr heard of it before eaith, or that island lol. It is quite good and hearty!
I have a leek cookbook somewhere. Might be all Welsh recipes (I kind of think it is, but I might be misremembering) but if not, I know there are a bunch in there. It’s been years since I’ve looked at that! Anyway, what a neat recipe. Fun dish — thanks.
Oh how cool a reicpe book all about leeks! Love them but need to buy them more often (they need to be cheaper!!!). So glad you like the recipe!
Mmm… looks delicious! I need to try this since I have the ingredients on hand!
Thansk Jennifer let me know how it turns out of you make it!
I’m always looking for fun new ways to cook eggs…and I happen to have quite a bit of Welsh ancestry, so I’m definitely going to give this recipe a go! Can’t wait to see how it tastes 🙂
Wow this recipe is really right up your alley Courtney. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
What a fun idea, and this recipe actually sounds pretty darn delicious – I want to try it! I’m wracking my brain trying to come up with who comes from House Banefort, but I’m not remembering much…maybe I’ll discover it my rewatch this week (seems like they support the Lannisters, though, if I remember right in book 1). Fun dish!
okay, this is pretty cool (map-wise)…have you seen it!? http://heavy.com/entertainment/2016/05/game-of-thrones-map-maps-of-westeros-england-ireland-upside-down-grrm-interactive-video-photos/
OMG……so what I though was Anglesey is actually Waterford, Ireland. O-M-G well the recipe is Irish too lol.
Thanks Heather, it is quite good but have a heavier hand with the salt and pepper than I had lol. Yes they supported Tywin Lannister when he suppressed the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion. There is a Lord Quenten Banefort.