Other famous recipes include Roast Venison, with dishes like Clootie Dumpling which is full of rich dark fruit; or if that's too heavy, try the lighter Crannachan, made with oats, whisky and cream.
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But Scotland is famous for its Haggis and it is renowned throughout the world. Indeed if you ask any Scot about the haggis you will get a variety of haggis tales and folklore stories and amusing descriptions, many of which foreigners believe quite happily.
The haggis is traditionally served at Burns Suppers on 25th January each year to commemorate Rabbie Burns, one of our national poets, and ceremoniously brought to the table with bagpipes playing.
Haggis ingredients throughout the world may vary, but this recipe is seen as a traditional one.
Rabbie wrote the poem
“Address to a Haggis”
which I think gave it it's claim to fame. During Burns' lifetime haggis was a popular dish as it was very cheap, being made from leftover, otherwise thrown away, parts of a sheep. This poem is of course read out at Burns Suppers all over the World.
As far as I am aware NO-ONE makes their haggis in Scotland any more except butchers. It would be quite hard to get some of the haggis ingredients. But it is widely available in supermarkets in Scotland all year round.
Some of the cheaper brands are normally packed in artificial casings, rather than stomachs, just as the cheaper brands of sausages are no longer stuffed into animal intestines.
Sometimes it is sold in tins and you can simply microwave it or oven-bake it. Some supermarket haggis is largely made from pig, rather than sheep, offal.
At popular requests I've done a recipe for a Pretend Haggis. If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
So if you are going to try it – go to a restaurant – maybe try ‘Chicken stuffed with Haggis” which is often served with a whisky sauce (If you sign up for my free ezine, a recipe for this is part of the free gift) or the tradition “Haggis, tatties and neeps”. However, if the haggis ingredients put you off, and you really don't want to try it as a special meal, you could always treat yourself or your guests to the wonderful Roast Venison.
But for those who are not faint-hearted – here is a recipe with haggis ingredients.
1 sheep's stomach cleaned and thoroughly, scalded, turned inside out and soaked overnight in cold salted water.
heart and lungs of one lamb
1lb/450g beef or lamb
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp ground black freshly ground pepper
1 tsp ground dried coriander
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Enough water to cook the haggis
stock from lungs
Wash the lungs, heart and liver.
Place in large pan of cold water with the meat trimmings and bring to the boil.
Cook for about 2 hours.
When cooked, strain off the stock and set the stock aside.
Mince the lungs, heart and trimmings.
Put the minced mixture in a bowl and add the finely chopped onions, oatmeal and seasoning.
Mix well and add enough stock to moisten the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the sheep's stomach, so it's just over half full.
Sew up the stomach with strong thread and prick a couple of times so it doesn't explode while cooking.
Put the haggis in a pan of boiling water (enough to cover it) and cook for 2 - 3 hours without a lid.
Keep adding more water to keep it covered.
Serve according to the tradition above then open the haggis and spoon out the filling.
Serve with and tatties (mashed potatoes) and neeps (mashed swede or turnip).
Well, there you have it - haggis ingredients. I still suggest you buy it ready-made, or try it at a restaurant.
Even if you're not so keen on the haggis ingredients, check out these other recipe pages:-
Scottish Poem -
"Address to a Haggis"
- Rabbie Burn's famous Poem. Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles. Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream. Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble. Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake. Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time. Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland. Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock. Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients. Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests. Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones. Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes. Pretend Haggis. If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe. Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'. Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan. Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth. Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold. Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests. Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast. Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery. Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes. Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb. Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish. Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland. Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats. Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas. Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages. Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper. Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps. Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland. Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.