Scottish butcher Simon Howie, producer of Scotland’s best-selling black pudding, has partnered with Scotland’s new national chef and MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Gary Maclean, to share the love this Valentine’s Day with two delicious recipes guaranteed to get hearts racing.
Working together, the pair have come up with recipes for the perfect brunch and a romantic dinner that centre around Simon Howie’s Wee Black Pudding, an award winning and versatile ingredient. In these recipes, the soft textured pudding, which is blended with caramelised apple and warming spices, is combined with a variety of different flavours and textures to create a brunch recipe and dinner dish.
To create the perfect brunch dish, Simon Howie’s wee black pudding is fried alongside diced potatoes and garlic, then topped with a baked egg. The warm spices of the pudding mixed with the sharpness of the garlic makes for the perfect accompaniment to a lazy Sunday morning.
The dinner recipe blends the delicate sweet flavour of king scallops with the rich black pudding, serving it with a light fennel and apple salad adding a burst of freshness to the dish.
Simon Howie said: “They say food is often the way to someone’s heart and I think these recipes are a perfect treat for a loved one this Valentine’s Day. People often think of black pudding simply as an accompaniment to a full cooked breakfast but it’s a great ingredient for a whole host of impressive dishes. Gary and I were keen to show the versatility of the Wee Black Pudding, using them in two different recipes for different times of the day. So whether it’s brunch for two, or dinner for two, I hope people enjoy serving up these dishes.”
Scotland’s national chef, Gary Maclean, commented: “I love creating dishes with a surprise element or wow ingredient and Simon Howie Wee Black Pudding is perfect for this, especially as it can be paired with so many different flavours.”
Simon Howie’s Wee Black Pudding is available to buy from Tesco and Sainsbury’s nationwide and from all major retailers across Scotland. It is already the UK’s best-selling black pudding chub and its versatile format with long shelf life sees sales continue to rise.