2019 Make it With Pork AwardsSunday, 6th Jan 2019
A mouth-watering Pork Fillet En Croute crafted by Weymss Bay butcher Mearns T McCaskie has been named the best pork product in Scotland.
The tasty pastry has won the coveted Diamond accolade in the Scottish Craft Butchers Pork Products Awards 2019, marking it out as the best of its type in the country.
Pork Fillet En-Croute: McCaskies, Weymss Bay
Delighted owner Nigel Ovens - who runs the popular Greenock Road butchers with his wife and mother - said he was "thrilled" to see his own recipe judged so highly by the industry and his peers.
"I`m immensely proud of this achievement," he said. "These awards are a real testing ground for butchers` products and to come out as the best in Scotland is an absolute thrill."
The national winner comprises pork fillet sitting on a bed of black pudding, with a cream cheese/mushroom combination, all topped with parma ham and encased in pastry.
"As bacon curers, we have a lot of pork fillets and it is good to create products where this prime cut can be used to advantage," said Nigel. "This oven-ready Pork Fillet En Croute makes life simple for the customer as it just has to be cooked in the oven and is ready to serve."
Saltire Pork Pillow, Black Pudding, Bramley Apple Sauce Pancetta: Anderson Quality Butchers, North Berwick (pictured above)
Salted Pork & Cheese Truffles: McCaskies, Weymss Bay
Lemon & Pepper Crunchy Pork Steak: McCaskies Weymss Bay
Pork Fillet Parmaglana: McCaskies, Weymss Bay
Pork Melts: G J Sanderson, Coldstream
Pork Nests: G J Sanderson, Coldstream
Ruthven Stacks: Donald Gilmour, Kingussie
Special Pork Burger: Puddledub Pork, Auchtertool
Savoury Pork Escalope: Puddledub Pork, Auchtertool
China Town Meatballs: Patricks of Camelon
Honey Roast Pork Sausage: The House of Bruar, Blair Atholl
Pork & Black Pudding Sausage: The House of Bruar, Blair Atholl
Pork Chipolatas: The House of Bruar, Blair Atholl
Fillet of Pork Suedoise: Boghall Butchers, Bathgate
Pork Truffle Extravaganza: Ramsay of Carluke
Lean Fire Cracker Stir Fry: Andrew Kirk, Cardenden
Spicy Pork Stroganoff Pinwheel: Bel`s Butchers, Edzell
Peppa Pots: Elderslie Butchers
Jamaican Pork Sausage: Tom Courts Quality Foods, Burntisland
Pork Chop stuffed with Parsley, Red Chilli & Apple Butter: John Davidsons, Inverurie
Char Sui Pork & Pepper Stir Fry: Hunters of Kinross
Pork Caribbean: Fergusons of Airdrie
Szechuan Pork Stir Fry: Linton Butchers, East Linton
Zingy Chilli Pork Kebab: Linton Butchers, East Linton
Luxury Garlic Pork Parcel: McCaskies, Weymss Bay
Slow Roast Pork Belly in Soy, Ginger & Garlic Sauce: McCaskies, Weymss Bay
Pork Loin with Plum Chutney: G J Sanderson, Coldstream
Spicy Salt & Pepper Pork Stir Fry: Hugh Black & Sons, Bathgate
Italian Flavoured Pork Meat Balls: Hugh Black & Sons, Bathgate
Pork Links: A Weir, Springburn
Pork & Leek Slice: A Weir, Springburn
Pork & Caramelised Onion Sausage: The House of Bruar, Blair Atholl
Pork Links: John Hill, Dunblane
Pork, Apple & Black Pudding Truffles: John Hill, Dunblane
Rolled Pork Loin stuffed with Apricots & Sticky Maple: John Hill, Dunblane
Pork & Honey Mustard Dish: S Collins & Son, Muirhead
Pork & Bombay Sausage: S Collins & Son, Muirhead
Pork Fillet Pastry: Ramsay of Carluke
Teatime Truffle: Ramsay of Carluke
Pork & Apple Meatballs in Tomato Sauce: Andrew Kirk, Cardenden
Bombay Wraps: J Hall & Sons, Kirkcudbright
BBQ Pork Fillet: J Hall & Sons, Kirkcudbright
Pork Pockets: Bel`s Butchers, Edzell
Mediteranean Pork Loin: Elderslie Butchers
Stuffed Pork Fillet: Tom Courts Quality Foods, Burntisland
Pork Pocket with Black Pudding, Beetroot, Pancetta: Anderson Quality Butchers, North Berwick
Pork Long Boat: Fergusons of Airdrie
Cheesy Bacon Bon Bon: A J Jamieson, Fochabers
Fochabers Sausage: A J Jamieson, Fochabers
Douglas Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Craft Butchers, said judges had been "blown away" by the innovation and tastiness of the entries.
"This is the first time we have held awards purely for pork products and the response has been tremendous with Scotland`s butchers from the Moray Firth to the Solway Firth rising to the challenge to produce some amazing tasty and innovative dishes.
"The awards tie in perfectly with the sponsor Quality Meat Scotland`s Specially Selected Pork promotion this month which highlights the versatility, tastiness and health benefits of pork," added Mr Scott. "Our butchers’ award-winning products show how versatile a meat it can be in a range of exciting new ready-to-cook ideas to suit the modern consumer.
"The Scottish Craft Butchers evaluation drives up standards year after year in a variety of different products," he said, "all to the benefit of the customer.
"Identifying the very best is of immense importance since these are the products that enthusiasts will travel big distances to source."
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