Black pudding, it contains the humblest of ingredients and has been made the same way for centuries, but are all black puddings made equal?
In the UK there are countless regional variations of black pudding each with their own blend of suet, oatmeal, onions, sheep’s, cow’s or pig’s blood and seasoning, but the one that outshines them all is Stornoway black pudding.
The Stornoway black pudding, just like other delicacies such as Champagne, Parma Ham, Cornish Pasties and Arbroath Smokies has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which means its unique blend of ingredients, prepared and processed by butchers in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis can’t be copied by producers elsewhere.
So, what makes Stornoway Black Pudding the best black pudding? It’s the fact that its main ingredient is beef suet; this means there are no lumps of fat, unlike other variations. It’s moist, rich, tasty and well-seasoned, and has a lovely crumble to it, which makes it perfect for more than your simple morning fry up.
One well-known producer is a family run business Charles MacLeod Butchers who have a proud history dating back to the early 1900s. Celebrated for its richly unique and decadent flavour and texture, the product is often internationally cited as one of the best black puddings, and it has won many awards to prove it.
Despite what you may think black pudding is not just for your morning fry up. Black pudding has the potential to be used in everything from salads to ice cream (yes, really!).
One top tip is that if you’re making a dish where you can imagine using chorizo, then you can probably use black pudding too. There are many recipes around for inspiration; from Scallops with bacon and black pudding to a black pudding and sausage pizza you’ll be sure to find something to delight your taste buds.
If you’re ready to get creative with Stornoway Black pudding then you better make sure you get the real thing. We have Charles Macleod Stornoway black pudding ready to order and deliver to your door.