Black Pudding (also known as “Drisheen”), is the equivalent of the French boudin noir. Consumed by millions of Irish people every day, this sausage is a must-have in the Irish gastronomy, and is also enjoyed in England and Scotland. A typical dish, to be tried during an Irish Breakfast, as it is commonly eaten during this meal!
We grant you, black pudding can be rather off-putting, especially when you are not used to have a salty breakfast. But trust us, if millions of Irish people enjoy it every day, it is for a good reason!
Indeed, behind its distasteful aspect, you will discover a true flavour-wonder! Black pudding is, as a matter of fact, a real concentration of tastes, which is really enjoyable to try, even at the earliest hours of the day!
Traditional craft-Irish product, black pudding is mainly produced in the little Irish town of Clonakilty. This city has the best reputation of the country for making sausages, and clearly is THE most popular brand among Irish people, who give great attention to eat local food!
In general, black pudding is made of meat, blood, fat, kidneys, sweet potatoes, barley, oatmeal and bread, well-seasoned with spices, salt and pepper. It is usually served during a heavy and large breakfast, also known as Irish-breakfast, composed with sausages, bacon, porridge, beans, eggs and slices of white-pudding (an equally delicious boudin blanc produced in Clonakilty!).
Black pudding is commonly appreciated for its spicy taste. Thinly sliced, it is usually cooked in a pan, then served hot during breakfast. For the most eager, it can also be eaten cold: the texture changes but the taste is still delicious. Caution, the first try can be hard for the uninitiated!
Regarding the price, a good and authentic craft-black pudding is worth no less than 6€. Pure local product, you may find it on the Internet in specialised shops, or simply in local Irish supermarkets and food stores. Why not telling you right away: black pudding is an essential daily-product. So there is little hope not to find it in Ireland!
Then, will you dare?