|Scottish Lorne Sausage
Whether you call it Lorne Sausage, Square Sausage, Sliced Sausage
Do you see it hiding under the egg?
|Scottish Cooked Breakfast
|Scottish Square Sausage Roll and Irn Bru
In Scotland you can just nip into the corner shop, supermarket, local cafe or local butcher and there it is, all pink and square, waiting to be bought. I love the stuff
So here in Texas there is no Lorne Sausage, I went a couple of years without the delicious piece of square meat
That is until
My lovely Scottish Expat friend Irene gave me a recipe
Its from her butcher friend, and this stuff is amazing
If you are lucky enough to be in Scotland just nip out and buy some
But if you are like me and living overseas ....here it is
You will need
A loaf dish, glass is better, so you can see the air pockets
3lb minced beef (ground beef) Don't use lean beef as it will be too dry, you need the fat
3 cups homemade grated bread crumbs
3 teaspoons salt
2.5 teaspoons black pepper
3 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Mix it all together in a bowl .... be prepared to get your knuckles in there and knead
|Scottish Square Sausage Mix
Put the mixture in the glass loaf dish
Check for air pockets and get rid of them by pushing and squishing the meat
|Ready in the Glass Loaf Dish
Cover with greaseproof paper or cling film
Put the loaf tin in the freezer for about 1.5 hours
Just enough to make it hard without being completely frozen solid
Take it out of freezer and turn it out of the loaf tin
And there it is (I made 12 slices)
Ready to fry or grill (broil for my USA readers)
You can store it in the fridge for a couple of days until its ready to be cooked
Or store in freezer in freezer bags 2 at a time until read to enjoy
Doesn't it look yummy?
|Scottish Lorne Sausage
Now, if you don't like the taste, try making it again but change the mix of condiments until it suits your pallet, after all, nae twa butchers in Scotland hiv the same recipe...right?
Irene, the friend who gave me this brilliant recipe, is one of those ladies that help shape how a place is, she was one of the first people I met when I came to Texas.
I was new and navigating my way around a strange place. Mr Tartan Tastes told me a "woman called Irene is picking you up tomorrow to show you around", so she turned up her silver sports car, all tanned, tall, glamorous and from the west coast, and she whizzed me away to the Galleria in Houston.
I loved it, we had a beautiful lunch outside in November and talked about life and how we came to be living in Texas.
Over the coming months and years she introduced me to other great expats living here and a circle of great friends emerged. She took me to get my social security number and help with all kinds of things including the day she let me use her car to take my Texas driving test. I passed. Mr Tartan Tastes had no idea, I surprise him that night, "Look, I took my driving test and passed today", all thanks to Irene. Irene and I are still friends and still get together for a good old blether when we can
And so its all thanks to Irene, that when I feel like it, I can indulge in some tasty Lorne sausage here in Texas