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What is A Saveloy?

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What is a saveloy? If you have read my blog on the correct way to eat fish and chips, you will have an idea, but essentially a saveloy is a very English sausage!

Whenever I am back in the UK there are a few go-to foods that I truly miss, one is an English style kebab with burger sauce, another is saveloy and chips. What makes it unique is hard to say, but from all my travels I have to find something even vaguely similar. Let’s get our sausage on!

To cut a long story short, a saveloy is a highly seasoned sausage, usually bright red (pink in the middle), and a staple of our fish and chip shops. If you want to get all fancy check out the Wikipedia article.

Why is it called a saveloy?

No one is particularly sure, but it probably derives from the Latin word “cerebrus” a pig brain (yum) sausage that those crazy Swiss are apparently quite fond of.

So, what is a saveloy?

Easy, I am getting there OK! As per its Swiss cousin, the original saveloy was made with pig brains, but nowadays it goes as follows – typically pork (58%), water, rusk, pork fat, potato starch, salt, emulsifiers (tetrasodium diphosphate, disodium diphosphate), white pepper, spices, dried sage (sage), preservatives (sodium nitrite, potassium nitrate), and beef collagen casing. Sounds delicious, right?

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Saveloy vs Sausage – What is the difference?

Do you know the phrase all dogs are animals so, therefore, are all animals are dogs? It’s like that. Sausages form a very very broad church, whilst our humble saveloy is merely a form of highly-seasoned sausages.

Can you get a saveloy outside of the UK?

Apparently they’re a thing in Australia, and New Zealand, both former British colonies, and both with a good chip shop culture. Alas, I have not tried one in either.

Apparently there’s also a frankfurter in Maine (USA) that is fairly indistinguishable to a saveloy, served ala hot-dog style.

Has anyone famous eaten a saveloy?

Lots probably, but Fagin eats one in Oliver Twist. There’s a useless fact for a pub quiz!

How do you eat a saveloy?

Well, its a sausage, so you eat it like a sausage, what I will talk about here is how it is served. Again traditionally it is available at fish and chip shops throughout the land and is boiled rather than fried.

Saveloys are a big deal in the North-East of England and can be purchased from butcher shops. I have yet to try this, but you cook it and eat it in a sandwich with pease pudding, a very English savory pudding, that I might write about at some point.

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Do you have any other pointless information about saveloys?

Yes, I am glad you asked. When I was a kid in the South-East of England we would say oi oi saveloy when seeing a friend, typically one we had not seen for a long time.

And that’s everything you ever needed to know about the humble saveloy! You are welcome!

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