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Recipe: Black Pudding Croquettes with Chipotle Ketchup

Black Pudding Croquettes with Chipotle Ketchup

Black pudding. Well I love it and you know that already don’t you? I grew up on the stuff and in my long gone vegetarian years it was the thing I missed the most. Not bacon, black pudding.

We would have it on toast by the open fire and mash it in so it was almost part of the bread. Half black pudding, half white pudding, all mashed into the toast with crispy bits from the pudding mingling with crispy bits of the toast and lots of mushy delicious bits, all in the roaring heat of the fire. With the rain lashing outside no doubt and the wind howling. That is what I loved and that is what I missed.

Now I can have as much as I want and I often have too much, but with such a good thing it is difficult to be measured. Irish black pudding is different to the black pudding from anywhere else, it has oats and spices and a rich depth to it that is like Pavarotti in your breakfast. White pudding is like a soprano that has possibly smoked too much and maybe they shouldn’t be together but they are the perfect match.

I wander.

There is so much that can be done with black pudding. Often it sits forlorn at the edge of a breakfast plate like the one never asked to dance but should you dare to you will be so happy that you did. I like to spice it’s smoky depths and give it some fruitiness with tomato. My Spaghetti Corkese which I blogged recently has just this.

For this, I used a recipe from my book for black pudding croquettes. I don’t toy with the black pudding at all as I don’t want to dilute the flavour or texture. I just leave it as it is and breadcrumb it, or in this case cover it with oats. Fried till golden, I serve them up with homemade chipotle ketchup. And gobble them all down.

I used my favourite black pudding from Cork here, Jack McCarthy’s. It is a small scale artisinal production and is difficult to come by in the UK (Irish people you can buy online and you should) – unless you are in Selfridge’s on the 22nd April from 1 – 5 when the man himself will be there. Clonakilty Black Pudding is widely available at large Asdas and Budgen’s and works well too.

The ketchup is also terrific with the black pudding in possibly the best toastie ever. So do make extra. It will keep well in the fridge for a couple of weeks or more.

Recipe: Black Pudding Croquettes with Chipotle Ketchup



250g black pudding
50g flour – seasoned with a little salt
100g uncooked oatmeal
1 egg

Chipotle Ketchup

2 x 400g tins good tomatoes
5 chipotles en adobo (I got mind online from Hot Headz)
1 red onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
50ml cider vinegar
5og dark brown sugar


First make your ketchup. Sauté the red onion in some light oil over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until soft but not brown. Add the garlic for a minute further before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Cook over a low hear for up to an hour, longer if you have it as tomato based dishes always benefit from a low slow cook. Taste and season. Blend and leave to the side.

Cut the black pudding into 2cm thicknesses, roll in the seasoned flour, egg and then oatmeal. Do a second time if they are not completely coated. Fry them – deep frying is best – until golden.

Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot on a bed of hot or cold chipotle ketchup – up to you!




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  1. Ms. Fastspeed says

    As I kid, I loved black pudding. As a teenager I found out what it was made of and stopped eating it. As an adult I stopped caring what was in it and started scoffing out down! I’ve never actually cooked it myself so I’m going to give it a go. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Shall try to make it to Selfridges as would be great to try some of Jack McCarthy’s, on your recommendation!

  3. realepicurean says

    Original and delicious; sounds like really good pub grub!

  4. Joan-Mary (aka Heff) Heffernan says

    Hi Niamh,
    Am in love with your Spaghetti Corkese! Converted the odd philistine to it already. We have some excellent black pudding in NZ too. I used Peter Timbs from Christchurch for any other Kiwis following you. Will definitely try the croquettes. Thanks for your thoroughly entertaining blog. Delighted you were out here recently – and with Annabel Langbein. She is my food hero from way back. Keep on keeping on girl!
    Kind regards,
    Heff (aka Joan-Mary Brigid Heffernan – no prizes for picking the heritage…)

  5. arknine says

    I love McCarthy’s black pudding and the chipotle ketchup sounds amazing… bookmarked for future reference!

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