Lorne Sausage

The Lorne sausage is one of the classic Scottish culinary inventions, eaten at breakfast, in sandwiches for lunch and with the evening meal. Like much of the Scottish diet it's not usually the most figure-friendly of dishes.

What Is Lorne Sausage?

The Lorne sausage is distinguished not just by its recipe - it's usually made with a mixture of pork and beef - but by its shape. It's always cooked and eaten as square slices. For this reason it's also known by various alternative names such as square sausage, sausage slice, etc. The sausage meat has no casing and you can buy it pre-sliced or as a large block which you slice yourself.

The shape of the Lorne sausage has a number of advantages. Firstly it means that it can be fried relatively quickly since a large proportion of the meat is in contact with the heat. It's also perfectly shaped for use as a sandwich filling.

Why Is It Called the Lorne Sausage?

The origin of the name Lorne Sausage is uncertain. The recipe appears to have become common in the early part of the twentieth century, at about the same time that a performer called Tommy Lorne was popular in the music halls. Lorne was a great fan of sausages and one of his catchphrases was "Sausages are the boys".

Some people believe that Lorne himself actually invented the square sausage but that seems unlikely; I'm not aware of any evidence that he was a whiz in the kitchen and he certainly wasn't a butcher. It seems more likely that the sausage was named after him, either as a clever marketing device or simply as a result of public association.

Today Lorne sausage is found in many Scottish shops, or you can buy online for delivery almost anywhere.