Easy Pretend Haggis Recipe

This easy pretend haggis recipe might be ideal to give to your guests if you don't want to make or even eat the 'real' thing. Haggis is served all year round but in particular at a Burns Supper with chappit potatoes and bashed neeps after the starter of Cock O' Leekie Soup and followed by the delicious dessert of Tipsy Laird and a tassie o' coffee.

If you've looked at the page on Haggis Ingredients, it may well have filled you with gloom or horror about trying to get hold of a sheep's stomach. Most of us here in Scotland do NOT make haggis, but it is delicious and widely available made by the more professional butchers. This 'Pretend Haggis' might well be more appealing.

One of my favourite recipes is Chicken stuffed with haggis in a whisky sauce (This is one of the recipes you get as a free gift when you sign up for the newsletter). I just buy a haggis and use that; but if you live outside Scotland, it may be hard to come by, and the thought of making the real thing might put you off making the chicken dish.

So I've included this recipe for a 'pretend haggis', and easy-to-make cheat's way of having haggis. It ISN'T as nice as the real thing, but it's better than not having it at all. No doubt someone will tell me this is NOT a haggis. Well, I know that!

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But I hope you can enjoy this 'Pretend Haggis', especially with the Chicken and Whisky Sauce.

Pretend Haggis - a substitute for the Real Haggis

Easy Pretend Haggis Recipe


1 lb / 500 g ground lamb

7 oz / 200 g lamb's liver cut into very small pieces

4 fl oz / 125 ml water

1 finely chopped small onion

1 large egg

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 oz / 175 g oats (preferably pinhead ones)


  • Grease a loaf tin or bowl suitable for the oven.
  • Using a Food Processor, chop half of the lamb, the liver, onion, egg, salt, pepper, sugar, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and water until completely combined.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly until everything is mixed together well.
  • Put the mixture into the greased tin and flatten the top.
  • Bake 45 - 55 minutes in a pre-heated oven (350°F / 180°C)
  • The centre of the loaf should be firm when pressed.
  • Leave in the tin for around 2 - 3 minutes to cool..
  • Gently turn on to a serving plate and serve right away.

Serve with tatties and neeps, or use to stuff the chicken and serve with a whisky sauce.

If you've enjoyed reading (or making ) this recipe 'Pretend Haggis', try out some of these other ones:

Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
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.
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.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
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.
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.
Christmas Pudding - Enjoy this delicious rich fruit pudding, traditionally served on Christmas Day.
Recipes Shared by Our Visitor - Have a look at the bottom of this page for some of the recipes shared by our visitors. Try them out, make a comment, or better still, share your own recipe.
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.
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.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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