Rabbie Burns. E being an expat, loves to celebrate with haggis. When I first started making him vegetarian haggis (recipe at end of post), I thought that the only way was with neeps and tatties (mashed turnip and potatoes). Since then I have discovered lots of fun way to eat it. Here are some of my favourites.
Beer Battered Haggis Balls. This is what we ate tonight. More about the recipe later. When I have more time. For now you can just know that I finally succumbed to frying the wee blighter. What could be more Scottish! (Update: the recipe is now up - follow the link from the title.)
Festive Haggis Wreath. We had this at Hogmanay just passed. Haggis, bashet neeps and mashet tatties are layered, wrapped in puff pastry, shaped into a wreath and decorated with the offcuts.
Haggis baked potatoes. We had this on St Andrews Day last year. Baked potatoes with haggis and relish, accompanied by some coleslaw on the side. Inspired by the Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street, Edinburgh.
Haggis stuffed mushrooms: A simple matter of stuffing mushrooms, grating some cheese on top and baking. Then top with tomato sauce, which goes exceedingly well with haggis.
Haggis nachos. Haggis, salsa and cheese layered with corn chips. Baked til melty. Served with guacamoles and sour cream or yoghurt. Inspired by the Last Drop pub in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
Haggis pasties. I mixed up some haggis with chunks of turnips and potatoes and baked in hot water pastry.
Haggis and cheese mole nut roast with chocolate and red wine gravy. Ok this one was exceedingly challenging. And fun. And yummy. I think the name says it all.
That's not all. I have also served haggis in pizza, tacos, crepes and on pasta. The possibilities are endless. (I use it like a vegetarian mince meat.) More Burns Night links can be found at BuzzFeed. I hope you have a great Burns Night.
Vegetarian Haggis Recipe
From International Vegetarian Union
This is the standard recipe I use for vegetarian haggis. It is very flexible. Any nuts can be used (I usually use cashew, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or whatever I have about). I sometimes substitute other vegies for carrot and mushrooms (red pepper, tomato, etc). It is fine to use less butter or more whisky
2/3 cup (65g) rolled oats
2/3 cup (65g) oatmeal
generous ½ cup (65g) nuts, finely chopped
120g butter or margarine
2 medium carrots
1 large onion
1/2 x 400g can kidney beans (a generous 1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp yeast extract
1 tbsp whisky, or more
1 tsp freshly ground pepper, or more
Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
3 tsp dried herbs
pinch salt if required
Melt 30g of the margarine and cook oats, oatmeal and nuts for about 3
minutes over medium heat in a large frypan. Transfer to a large bowl
Finely chop carrot, onion, mushroom, and beans. It is easiest to use a
food processor so the mixture is very fine. Melt another 30g of the margarine in
the frypan and fry the vegetables and beans for about 2 minutes.
oats and nut mixture to the frypan with the vegetable mixture. Mix in
the remaining ingredients (including the remaining margarine if desired - you may need some vegetable stock if you don't include it) and cook another 5 minutes.
Place in a greased and lined 13 x 22cm loaf tin (I use a silicone one which I don't grease). Press down and smooth with the back of a spoon. Cook 40 minutes in
a moderate oven.
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