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The Case of the Mysterious Vanishing Breakfast Slices

I already posted about this on Yelp London, but I haven't had much response. THis is baffling me. Does anyone remember "breakfast slices"? I call it poor man's bacon because it came in similar packages in the chilled section of the supermarket. It was just long strips of salty chopped and shaped meat (a bit like spam but it got crispier, and a distinctively different flavour). Anyway, as far as I remember it was fairly horrid, but it was alright every once in a while. Weird thing is, I haven's seen it since I was a kid. Even a google search yields nothing. Anyone remember this product or did I imagine it?

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  1. I remember it, but I don't remember it looking like spam or being in long thin strips. The stuff I've eaten looked a bit like a thin slice of coarse pate. I can't remember where I had it either - I think it may have been either in Ireland or cooked in England by Irish friends - which is wierd, as it looks like it's a Scottish thing - I googled it (on UK pages only) and this came up:

    http://shop.hardiesmill.co.uk/product...

    Then I googled the other names it's got - Lorne sausage and square sausage - and there is plenty on the web - even wikipedia!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliced_s...

    I'm not sure that this is the same thing you're talking about though.

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    1. re: Theresa

      I've seen this thin sliced pate-ish stuff in my local Sainsbury, in recent times and in amongst the cooked meats. Described, I think, as "breakfast sausage".

      Not the sort of thing I want to put in my mouth first thing in the morning.

      1. re: Harters

        I remember liking it - it's not far off being just a sausage, but in a different shape. I swear there was also something similar called Ulster Fry, or Belfast Fry, or something like that, but Ulster Fry just seems to be the name for a full breakfast in Northern Ireland!

        1. re: Theresa

          Think you've also gotta have white pudding & fried farl to make it a full brekkie in "Norn Iron" :-)

      2. re: Theresa

        No, it's not the same thing as square sausage - I've had that too. It didn't look or taste like Spam, but it just had a similar level of processed-ness. Definitely more like reconstituted bacon than sausage, in both flavour and texture. Thanks for the research though!

        1. re: berbadeerface

          I remember them well. They were discontinued and then brought back for a while due to customer demand (though this was years ago). I think they were seen as a budget alternative to bacon. They weren't really like a sausage - more like a flat shaped bacon rasher and slightly spicy flavour - and yes highly processed. Think about them on and off - and wish they could be reintroduced.

      3. I remember them well. They were discontinued and then brought back for a while due to customer demand (though this was years ago). I think they were seen as a budget alternative to bacon. They weren't really like a sausage - more like a flat shaped bacon rasher and slightly spicy flavour - and yes highly processed. Think about them on and off - and wish they could be reintroduced. .

        1. I was watching Family Guy last night and saw them make a sandwich with some unidentifable red meat and it triggered a memory of my dad cooking "Ulster Fry" for me. This sounds very much like what you are describing and somebody else has described something similar here. Sort of like spam but very red and it would crisp with a totally unique flavour, I can honestly say I haven't tasted anything like it in twenty-five years. Have you had any luck finding any of your "breakfast slices"?

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          1. re: foodblob

            Whenever up up in Merseyside I have breakfast at a little greasy spoon called Reushie in West Derby Village where you get Ulster fry with your full English. I wish I could get it down south; it may be mystery meat but it's crazy-tasty.

          2. I remember them with great affection. Long, thin, parallel slices with sort-of half tapered/ half rounded-off ends. Packed exactly like bacon. Looked like thin spam. Contained Beef and Pork I think - and occasionally little hard, bony pieces if you were unlucky.

            They had a delicious spicy, 'smoky' flavour and a lovely crispy texture when cooked - an unbeatable combination but probably immensely bad for you. They used to stop stocking them at Christmas but I couldn't believe it when they finally stopped doing them altogether! Fond memories

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            1. re: slicehound

              Try Breakfast Slices (Pork 50%, Bacon 29%)
              Grampian Country Pork (Cookstown Meats). 70 Molesworth Road. Cookstown. N Ireland. Uk BT80 8PJ
              028 8676 3321

            2. I remember them too in Canada. It WAS kind of nasty horrid and my parents only bought it when they were short of money or something. It was vaguely bacon slice-shaped, pinkish coloured, and did not change its size or shape much when fried. It was only edible covered in egg yolk or with forkfuls of scrambled egg.