Macsween Sausages: Making of a New Classic

Already a fan of Macsween’s haggis and veggie haggis, I was intrigued to try their new sausages. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I secretly hoped for haggis in a sausage shape…

Macsween sausage stew

Macsween sausage stew

Of course, realistically that would just be haggis, wouldn’t it? In any case, we received three packs of sausages; pork and beer, pork and haggis and an unlabelled pack. I suspected it was beef, as the sausages were grey where the others were pink. In hindsight, I could easily have Googled the answer, or emailed the PR, but hey, I’ve never been one to do things by the rules. So what were these anonymous sausages? Stay tuned to find out.

All the sausages were thick, like a Cumberland, with a thin casing which wasn’t rubbery. They were firm and well seasoned, with pieces of fat but not gristle, and weren’t too salty, as is sometimes the case with commercially-made sausages.

Pork and haggis

The “beef” were my favourite, but regular dining pal Raymond preferred the pork and haggis. They were savoury and moreish with a well rounded flavour, as well as more attractive than the beer sausages. We enjoyed them with mash and cabbage, in a traditionally sausage-y way, which seemed to suit them.

Macsween sausage and mash

Macsween sausage and mash

Pork and beer

We agreed the beer infused ones were sweet and smoky, but one dimensional otherwise. (I’m not sure they contained haggis, which would have added some of Macsween’s excellent spicing.) We enjoyed them as hot dogs with caramelised onions and hot English mustard, which worked well. A classic.

To “beef” or not to “beef”

The “beef” were darker and meatier, although less pretty. And, as it transpired, they were not beef per se, but black pudding and bacon. I still liked them the most, although I didn’t get a sense of the bacon.

We made the black pudding sausages into a boozy, herby casserole. You’ll find the recipe below. It’s great with a couple of fried eggs on top (runny yolks essential) or served with a warm garlic bread, to mop up the sauce. The sausages add a really meaty depth of flavour.

Overall, I found Macsween’s new sausages satisfying, albeit an unremarkable addition to the arena. However, they’re more than adept at filling a sausage role (or roll) and a reliable, tasty option when you’re after such a thing.

Try them for yourself

Macsween Sausages Beef 'n' Beer Stew
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A warming and hearty dish, lovely to mop up with crusty bread midweek or share with family and friends with a glass of wine at the weekend.
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2-4
  • 6 black pudding and bacon Macsween sausages
  • One clove garlic
  • White onion, fine dice
  • Small carrot, fine dice
  • One stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 button mushrooms, roughly sliced
  • 1 pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 200ml imperial stout
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1-2 tsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 stock cube dissolved in 330ml boiling water
  • 1 tin butter beans
  1. Saute onion, celery, garlic and carrots in butter in a large saucepan. When it’s absorbed, add the stout and simmer until it’s almost all gone.
  2. Chop each sausage into 6 pieces using scissors, straight into the pot, and brown them all over.
  3. Add the mushrooms and peppers, stir for a few moments then add the tomatoes, puree and sugar.
  4. Bring to the boil and add the stock, dulse and herbs.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes and start preparing your fried eggs or garlic bread. Stir in your butter beans, water and all, five minutes before serving.
  6. Post a picture on social media.


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About AmyB

I established my career in marketing by eating and drinking my way around Edinburgh, for both personal and professional reasons. I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of Edinburgh's dining options, achieved through an unrivalled dedication to consuming everything the city has to offer.

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