There is no doubt that haggis is one of the most iconic Scottish dishes, and with many now using the delicious meat filled treat to add a touch of flare to different recipes it is becoming more popular than ever. But for those looking for a truly authentic way to serve this Scottish delight, nothing beats cooking haggis the old fashioned way. Here at Fine Scottish Hampers we are taking haggis back to its roots, so you can present your haggis in a way that would make Robert Burns himself proud.
What is Haggis?
For those who are unfamiliar with haggis but have always wanted to try it, haggis is savoury meat pudding that is traditionally made up of the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep mixed with a variety of herbs, spices, onions and oatmeal and encased in a sheep's stomach. This for many may seem incredibly daunting and not a dish that they would normally try, but trust us, once you have tried this incredibly succulent dish, you will never go back.
Serving Haggis The Traditional Way
Haggis is Scotland's national dish and is often served at family gatherings, grand occasions and especially as part of the Burns Night feast to celebrate the life of the poet Robert Burns. Traditionally served with “neeps” and “tatties” (swede and potatoes) this is a hearty dish that helps fill you up and bring everyone together with a “wee dram” or two of Scotch Whisky. Unlike more modern takes on the traditional recipe, the haggis was normally prepared by simmering it over a low heat for approximately 75 minutes (depending on the size of your haggis) and topping it up with water as it reduces. While your haggis is cooking, bring to the boil another large pan of salted water simmer diced swede and potatoes until tender. The “neeps” and “tatties” are then slightly mashed with a knob of butter and served with a slice of the haggis. For a really glorious finishing touch, pour over a little gravy.
Make A Meal Of It
Here in Scotland, Haggis is the centre piece to any traditional meal, but that doesn't mean you aren't allowed any optional extras. There are so many amazing treats that compliment haggis from specially chosen pickles and Scotch Whisky Sauce to cheese, oatcakes and even the odd glass of beer. A wonderful selection that really gets the conversation flowing and taste buds tingling.
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