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NO.53
SUMMER2017

Laverbread

Laverbread is a sort of edible seaweed that has found its way onto Welsh tables for centuries. It is an acquired taste worth acquiring.


People fishing with nets-about 1 Tablespoon bacon fat (preferred), lard or neutral oil

-4 oz fresh or canned laverbread

-1 oz oatmeal

-salt and pepper


  1. Mix the laverbread and the oatmeal together, season at your discretion and shape into cakes about 2 inches in diameter and ¾ inch thick.
  2. Slide the laver cakes into hot bacon fat and fry fairly quickly for 2-3 minutes on each side until crisp browned, shaping and patting the cakes with a palette knife as they fry.
  3. Then just remove from pan.

Note:

Laverbread prepared this way traditionally is served for breakfast with bacon and cockles. As noted, you also could serve it as a side dish at lunch or dinner.