What is White Pudding?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
White pudding often contains oats.
White pudding often contains oats.
White pudding often contains oats.

White pudding is a type of sausage from the UK. It is similar in construction to blood pudding, containing sugar, oats or bread, suet and shredded pork. It often contains onions, and may have cinnamon or other sweet-oriented spices.

The ingredients much resemble some of the baked or steamed puddings for which the Irish and British are well known. This accounts for white pudding being called a pudding instead of a sausage. The difference is that the pudding is stuffed into casings, and is usually fried in individual slices.

Sugar is added to the other ingredients to make white pudding.
Sugar is added to the other ingredients to make white pudding.
Sugar is added to the other ingredients to make white pudding.

Unlike blood pudding, white pudding does not contain animal blood. It resembles a banger sausage, but tends to have a larger circumference. Scotland makes a smaller version similar in size to a large American hot dog, which may be served whole.

White pudding is often included in a traditional Irish breakfast. This breakfast would also include a few slices of fried blood pudding, ham or Irish bacon, eggs and fried potatoes.

Most Irish homes, however, do not serve such a breakfast every day. Instead, porridge of oats or wheat is a more likely breakfast in an Irish home. However, a special feast day, such as Saint Patrick’s Day might prompt serving the larger or more labor-intensive breakfast that includes white pudding.

It is quite difficult to find white pudding in the US. One can make one’s own and there are many recipes on the Internet. Alternately, international grocery stores may have a few imported variants of this dish.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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anon305861

And here I am a dopey Aussie thinking White Pudding was Italian!

anon74852

I love a full Irish breakfast: toasts, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, black and white pudding, sausages, baked tomatoes and baked beans. mmm...

jennifers

It's interesting that, as Americans, we expect pudding to be, well, Jello chocolate pudding. To find out that it can mean sausage, cake... it's a whole new way of thinking about pudding.

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    • White pudding often contains oats.
      White pudding often contains oats.
    • Sugar is added to the other ingredients to make white pudding.
      Sugar is added to the other ingredients to make white pudding.