I tried square sausage from major supermarkets to find best lorne in Scotland

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TODAY is Scotland’s first ever National Square Sausage Day – so we decided to see how the supermarkets’ slices shape up.

Ayrshire butcher We Hae Meat declared March 25 the inaugural celebration date as an occasion dedicated to honouring and enjoying the Scottish delicacy.

I tried out all the supermarkets' square slice offerings

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I tried out all the supermarkets’ square slice offerings
The selection - from M&s to Morrisons

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The selection – from M&s to Morrisons
A roll with square slice is a brekkie staple in Scotland

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A roll with square slice is a brekkie staple in Scotland

A breakfast staple across the country, many think the lovely lorne is far superior to its links cousin.

And according to the experts at We Hae Meat, because a square slice is thinner than a link, it takes less time and energy to cook, making it a more convenient and less energy-intensive alternative.

Features Editor LYNN KERNAN tested supermarket’s own four-sided sausages, as well as We Hae Meat’s offering, for tastiness – and to see how much banger you get for your buck.

LIDL, 4/5

Scotch beef steak lorne sausage – £2.25, four pack

Lidl's is high in meat content

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Lidl’s is high in meat content

LIDL’s lorne is made by Prestwick-based butchers Halls with an impressive beef content of 72 per cent.

You can tell it’s high in meat as it’s packed with flavour and isn’t too salty, as some square slice can be.

It’s pretty spicy, with plenty of pepper leaving a wee nip on the tongue.

It’s middle of the pack when it comes to value but I’d say edges ahead of some of the others in tastiness.

ALDI, 5/5

Scotch Aberdeen Angus steak lorne – £2.19, four pack

This is markedly thicker than the rest

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This is markedly thicker than the rest

STRAIGHT away you notice a big difference with these sausages – they’re markedly thicker than the competition.

They have the same beef content as Lidl’s lorne, at 72 per cent, but they are well ahead when it comes to taste.

These four-edged patties are packed with flavour, with lots of spice and white pepper.

They have a delicious texture and were the clear winner in my book.

WE HAE MEAT, 2/5

Traditional steak slice – £1.75, four pack on special offer from Asda

We Hae Meat kicked off the national day

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We Hae Meat kicked off the national day

THESE come from the butcher that is kicking off square slice day as a national celebration in the calendar and are available at the likes of Asda and Tesco.

Despite that, they have less beef at 69 per cent.

You can see the fat running through these sausages more than the rest and they look great uncooked and cooked.

But they weren’t as full of flavour as some of the other options.

M&S, 3/5

Steak lorne – £2.50, four pack

M&S sausages have the highest meat content

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M&S sausages have the highest meat content

THESE have the highest beef content of the lot at an impressive 76 per cent and this is evident in the taste as they’re super meaty.

But they look a lot more pasty than the rest of the right-angled breakfast patties.

When it comes to flavour, they’re a bit lacking.

They do contain a ‘spice extract’ but it’s underwhelming. Despite being the priciest these were my among my least favourite of the bunch of bangers.

MORRISONS, 4/5

Steak lorne – £1.04, two pack from butchers’ counter

Good old-fashioned square slice from Morrisons

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Good old-fashioned square slice from Morrisons

THESE come from the butchers’ counter at the supermarket so you can’t tell how much beef they contain.

They’re a different shape and texture form the rest of the four-sided fryers I tried, and they’re much flatter so take less time to cook.

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But these really took me back to my childhood, getting a roll on sausage from a van.

They’re a bit crispier and super tasty – a proper hit of nostalgia.

Aldi was my clear winner

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Aldi was my clear winner

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