Anglesey Eggs

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With it being St David’s Day yesterday, I thought it only right to share a Welsh recipe today. This particular recipe is one my Nain (Nain is Welsh for grandmother for those who don’t know) used to make often.

My Nain, who lived on Anglesey, was a fantastic cook; we used to love visiting for the delicate scones, fruity bara brith and melt in the mouth Welsh cakes.

This recipe was a speciality and we used to eat it with crispy skinned baked potatoes. I didn’t have time for baked potatoes today, so we had it with crusty bread rolls instead to mop up the cheesy sauce.

Anyway, my Nain gave this recipe to my mum, who also used to make it often throughout our childhood. When I was desparate for a comforting, nostalgic meal one day I asked her for the recipe – and now I’m sharing it with you. It is tasty, cheap and easy, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has.

I just googled ‘Anglesey Eggs’ to see if it is a well-known dish, and it seems others do know of it. The recipes I found had potato in them though – that’s not how our family make it!

This will serve 3-4 and takes around 40 minutes to make.

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Anglesey Eggs

3 medium leeks

6 eggs

30g butter

20g plain flour

1 pint milk

80g cheddar cheese, grated

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1. Preheat the grill to high.

2. Slice the leeks and add them to a frying pan with 10g of the butter. Saute over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until soft.

3. Meanwhile, hard boil your eggs in boiling water for 6 minutes. Once they’re done, run them under the cold tap for a couple of minutes, then gently peel them.

4. For the sauce, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan then stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in the milk, then put it back on the heat and cook, whisking all the time, until thick. Stir in most of the grated cheese, and some salt and pepper.

5. Transfer the leeks to an oven proof dish. Lay the eggs on top (keep them whole), then pour over the cheese sauce. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and the smoked paprika, then put under the grill for 5 minutes or so until golden and boiling. Iechyd Da!

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34 thoughts on “Anglesey Eggs

  1. apuginthekitchen March 2, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Wonderful recipe Harriet, I just love family recipes. This really is a comfort food recipe and I can imagine how delicious it is with crisp skin potatoes.

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  2. alotofthingsblog March 2, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    This has pretty much every single one of my favorite comfort foods (if you include those crispy potatoes). Can wait to try it!

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  3. MrsGlade March 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Oh I had forgotten about Anglesey Eggs, I used to make them a lot and don’t know why I stopped. I thought they had potatoes in too but baked potatoes sounds much better! Aren’t family recipes the best? X


    • harrietyoung38 March 2, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      I completely agree, there’s something wonderful about a meal that not only tastes good but also fills your mind with happy memories! x


  4. Fiocchi di Burro March 2, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Now I’m hungry… and I don’t have leeks! 😦 …but I definitely have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. Julia March 2, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Y U M – total comfort food heaven right there! Perfect for this chilly weather, too.

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  6. The Happy Healthy Kiwi March 3, 2015 / 12:14 am

    That sounds delicious 😋


  7. Diana March 3, 2015 / 7:27 am

    This looks really good!! YUM! I don’t think that I ever had anything welsh before.. Maybe some kind of cookies? I lived in Bristol for a while when I went to uni haha and visited Cardiff a few times 🙂

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  8. Tea Is For Tina March 3, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    I’ve never had this! I’m from South Wales, but never even seen it. Clearly been missing out! Going to have to try 🙂 Thanks!

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  9. Brussels Dietitian March 3, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    These look yummy! I’ll have to try them soon!

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  10. hungrybreton March 3, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Dear Welsh cousin, I can hear your wonderful accent in your writing; I cannot wait to try this. what are the wee breads I can see in the picture? Anyhoo, what a great idea for tea! 😉


    • harrietyoung38 March 3, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! The bread is just little bread rolls – warmed in the oven a little to make them nice and crispy. Not made by me unfortunately!

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  11. Alexandra March 3, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    This looks seriously yummie! I’ll bookmark it and give it a go. Thanks, Harriet!

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  12. bunny and mimsey March 4, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Hi Harriet,I love the sound of your recipe for Anglesey Eggs. Must confess I’d never heard of them before – but they reminded me of a favourite luncheon dish of my mum’s. Same eggs with the cheese sauce but with asparagus not leek.
    I’d forgotten all about this dish, but I used to adore it! Now I’m going to make myself your lovely recipe. Thank you. Mimsey

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  13. Next Step to Nirvana March 4, 2015 / 4:06 am

    I try to eat a lot of eggs and this will be a great addition to my collection. Thanks!


  14. A Young Wife March 4, 2015 / 4:52 am

    This looks like an amazing brunch dish. Family recipes are so special. Automatically taste better. I’ve never had Anglesey Eggs, can’t wait to give em a try.

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  15. Feast Wisely March 4, 2015 / 5:29 am

    What a recipe – I have this one on my list for when I see some bargain leeks!

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  16. boolaurene March 5, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Oh my….these look so delicious!!!!!

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