What Exactly Is Haggis ?
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WHAT EXACTLY IS HAGGIS?
Haggis is Scotland's national meal and the crowning glory of a traditional Burns Supper, and while it is a source of gastronomic intrigue for Scots around the world, it is far from a beauty queen. But take our word for it: what haggis lacks in appearance, it more than makes up for in flavour! Are you intrigued yet?
WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
This enduringly popular dish is a type of savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. Often served with the classic sides of bashed neeps and mashed tatties (that's Scots for turnip and potatoes), haggis is traditionally cooked in a sheep's stomach (a historic way of preserving meat), but most haggis nowadays is sold and cooked in a synthetic sausage casing. We agree that it may not win the title of the most elegant dish on the planet, but it really is undeniably delicious! Need more convincing?
As strange as haggis may sound, the end result is a culinary masterpiece. Meaty, oaty, fiery and moist, haggis makes a scrumptious meal. Largely made from oatmeal, it gives haggis its soft, crumbly texture - similar to stuffing - and earthy flavour, and, when combined with salt and spices, it has a spicy, rustic hint with a peppery kick! Now, that certainly sounds delicious, doesn't it?!
25 JANUARY AND BURNS SUPPER
Haggis is really thrown into the spotlight around Burns Night, when Scotland and the world pay tribute to one of the greatest writers of all time, Robert Burns, Scotland's National Bard. Burns was a fan of the national dish too, and in 1787 he dedicated an entire poem - Address to a Haggis - to the 'great chieftain o the puddin' race' and nowadays haggis, neeps and tatties are the focal point of every Burns Supper.
Celebrated annually on Robert Burns' birthday, 25 January, Burns Night gathers Scots around the world to pay tribute to the great poet's life and works, and to Scottish culture. There is a delicious meal, ceilidh dancing, rousing songs, poetry, drams of whisky and, of course, heaps of haggis, but most importantly - good company and loads of fun.
NOT ONLY FOR BURNS NIGHT
This versatile food is also used as a focal ingredient in more contemporary dishes in restaurants and pubs across Scotland.
From traditional haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce to modern dishes with a twist like haggis Scotch quail's eggs, haggis-topped nachos or the excellent Balmoral Chicken, (which is a succulent chicken breast stuffed with spicy haggis and wrapped in sizzling bacon), haggis is favoured year-round in Scotland and beyond
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