Lorne! The sausage with many names! Square Sausage! Steak Slice! Butcher’s Slice! Or, just good old ‘Slice’! This iconic Scottish breakfast staple is one of the best things to eat with a Scottish fully cooked breakfast or in your morning roll lineup. And while the internet is divided over the ‘real‘ name for Lorne and its true origins (…ahem, factually Scotland), the world has overlooked some minor details like, well… Lorne, it’s not actually a sausage at all!
1.1 An item of food in the form of a cylindrical length of minced pork or other meat, encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled or fried before eating.
It’s safe to say that our beloved Lorne doesn’t quite fit the textbook definition of a sausage. And this is certain to confuse your American friends in an instant! And, who can blame them? I mean, where’s the cylindrical shape for starters? Non-existent, that’s where! And, how about its ‘casing’? How about you’ll never find it because it doesn’t have one! A patty, sure! A sausage? Not quite…
And, here’s to further confusion…“In June 2006 the actor Alex Norton, star of Taggart (DCI Matt Burke) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Captain Bellamy) was stopped by security guards at Glasgow Airport who mistook his kilogram of Lorne sausage for the highly explosive Semtex! He was on his way to London and taking the square sausage slab to blow up the tummy of his Scottish friend who wanted a taste of Scotland for his breakfast!” (source).
Our beloved Lorne ‘Sausage’ has been putting ‘Heids in a Fankle’ from far and wide since its inception. And, that’s what makes it truly peculiar and totally breakfast worthy!
Because let’s face it, in Scotland, we love a saying that doesn’t quite make sense and by coining Lorne a ‘Sausage’, it’s fair to say ‘Oor bums are well and truly oot the windae!’ So why not explore our delicious (and confusing) Lorne Range or try your hand at whipping up a version of Scotland’s most loved sausage with our Homemade Lorne Sausage recipe!