White pudding or oatmeal pudding is a meat dish popular in
Scotland, Ireland, Northumberland, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. It is also
quite popular in Devon and Cornwall, where it is known as Hog's pudding.
Left: An Irish
breakfast consisting of sausages, black and white pudding, bacon, fried
eggs and juice.
It is very similar to
but does not include blood. Consequently, it
consists of pork meat and fat, suet, bread, and oatmeal formed into the shape of
a large sausage. Earlier versions (pre-1990) often had brain matter (sheep)
added as a binding agent.
In Scotland, white pudding can also be known as Mealy pudding and does not
always take the form of a sausage. It consists of suet, oatmeal, onions and
spices. Some versions of Scottish white pudding are suitable for vegans, in that
they contain no animal fat, vegetable fat being used instead.
The pudding may be cooked whole, or cut into slices and fried. It is an
important feature of the traditional Irish breakfast (a
regional variant of a
full breakfast). White pudding (as well as
its black and red relatives) is also served battered at chip shops in Scotland
as an alternative to fish. When served accompanied by chips
it is known as a White Pudding Supper.