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A saveloy is a type of highly seasoned sausage, usually bright red in colour, which is typically available in English fish and chips shops, but more often from pork shops [1] sometimes fried in batter. The word is assumed to originate from the Swiss-French cervelas or servelat, ultimately from Latin cerebrus; originally a pig brain sausage particularly associated with Switzerland.

The saveloy's taste is similar to that of a frankfurter or red pudding. It is mostly eaten with chips, but occasionally also in a sandwich accompanied with pease pudding, stuffing, mustard and/or "gravy" (ie the brine of the sausage). This is known as a "saveloy dip" in the north east of England, as one half of the bread roll is dipped in gravy, in a similar manner to the French dip sandwich. The chant "Oi Oi Saveloy" is highly popular in the North West of England as well as Kent in the South East of England.

The saveloy is available in Australia, when not eaten at home, it is usually consumed at fairs, fetes, (agricultural) shows and sporting events where the boiled saveloy is served on a slice of bread or in a bread roll and liberally covered in tomato sauce, it is sometimes battered and known as a "Battered sav".[2] The saveloy was originally known as a frankfurter in Australia until World War I, when many German names of food and places were changed to more English sounding ones.

Saveloys are popular in New Zealand, where they are larger than the English type. Although they are sold at fish-and-chips shops as in England, they are commonly bought at butchers' shops or supermarkets and cooked by boiling at home. Saveloys are known colloquially as "savs". In fish-and-chip shops the traditional "hot-dog", which is a battered sausage on a stick, can be made from saveloy though more typically ordinary sausage. (A sausage in a long bread roll is called an "American hot dog" to distinguish it.) A beef version is found too. A "Cheerio" is a smaller version, about half the size, sometimes called a cocktail sausage ,or "little boys". [3]These are a popular children's party food in New Zealand and Australia, often served hot in a sweet, spicy tomato sauce. [4]

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