The Best Thing I Ate in 2017 – Hugh Maguire’s Smoked Black Pudding

Added October 19, 2018 in

Observer

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This year I was invited to judge the Great Taste Awards, and my God there was some great tasting artisanal products in the running.

However, there was one that just blew me away with the simplicity of the idea and the complexity of its flavour profile: a smoked black pudding from Hugh Maguire butchers in Co Meath, which ended up as this year’s supreme champion.

Being half-Irish – my mother was from west Cork – meant that I grew up eating black pudding regularly. Clonakilty black pudding has always been the benchmark for me, until I tasted Hugh Maguire’s ingenious twist. The smokiness and the melt-in-the-mouth consistency really blew me away. I can’t believe nobody ever thought of it before.

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