Lorne sausage

The Lorne sausage, also known as square sausage, slicey or flat, is a traditional Scottish food item made from minced meat, rusk and spices.[1] Although termed a sausage no casing is used to hold the meat in shape, hence it is usually served as square-shaped slices from a formed block. It is a common component of the traditional Scottish breakfast.

Square sausage (lower right) served with black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and fried bread

NameEdit

It is thought that the sausage is named after the region of Lorne in Argyll;[2] advertisements for 'Lorne Sausage' have been found in newspapers as early as 1896.[3][4] This was long before comedian Tommy Lorne, after whom the sausage has been said to be named, became well-known.[5]

HistoryEdit

The exact origins of the Lorne sausage remain unclear. It is often eaten in the Scottish variant of the full breakfast or in a breakfast roll. The sausage is also an appropriate size to make a sandwich using a slice from a plain loaf of bread cut in half.[2]

PreparationEdit

Sausage meat, in this case a mixture of pork and beef, is minced with rusk and spices, packed into a rectangular tin with a cross-section of about 10 centimetres (3.9 in) square, and sliced about 1 centimetre (0.39 in) thick before cooking.[6] Square sausage has no casing, unlike traditional sausages, and must be tightly packed into the mould to hold it together; slices are often not truly square.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A history of the square sausage, including a recipe for making your own - Scotsman Food & Drink". Scotsman Food & Drink. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Lorne Sausage, Argyll". Information Britain. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Scotslanguage.com - Lorne sausage n. square-shaped sausage meat".
  4. ^ Archive, The British Newspaper. "Results - Arbroath Herald and Advertiser For The Montrose Burghs - Publication - British Newspaper Archive". www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Lorne Sausage Scottish Square Slices Sausages". www.aboutaberdeen.com.
  6. ^ "Lorne Sausage". Dictionary of the Scots Language. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.