vegan haggis recipe. I love the challenge of trying different recipes with haggis. Though I have never had meat haggis, I have sat across from E often enough in a Scottish pub and watched him eat what looks very like mince meat. And as everyone knows, there are a million and one ways to use mince meat. It is the same with haggis.
Incidentally it is also Virginia Woolf's birthday today. Imagine if we had Woolf's night and Woolf's suppers instead. I wonder what we would do to celebrate. Eating prunes and custard in a room of one's own? But I digress!
instant vegan haggis, neeps and tatties burgers for Burns Night this year. (Check out her gorgeous photos of the burgers.) Being in Australia, we don't have packaged haggis I can buy from the shops like Jac in Scotland. So I always make it. Which means I often tinker with the recipe.
I decided to make burgers because I had seen charcoal brioche buns at the supermarket and put them in the freezer until I was ready to eat them. I needed a fun burger for them. So I tweaked my regular haggis recipe to make sure it didn't crumble as much as usual. There was a bit of serendipity involved. Using more nuts and some potatoes to avoid wasting them. I added some linseeds and subbed black beans for kidney beans because they hold together better. And I added breadcrumbs because Sylvia had left out a piece of bread she had rejected.
Me: I think it was better that I kept the burger filling plain.
E: That was good. Not too fancy or fussy. Maybe some mustard would have been good. But it is not very Scottish.
Me: Well, I did use mayonnaise, which is not very Scottish. Actually ... it was not very Scottish at all ... [at this point I showed him the bottle of Paul Newman's ranch dressing that I used because I didn't have any mayonnaise].
E: That's fine. He did lots of cowboys movies and we love those in Scotland!
Bless! Just let's not mention that burgers are not particularly Scottish either! But I did serve the burger with crisps which Scots love.
Sylvia was nowhere to be seen so no complaints about the colour of the buns or seeds on top. She might have missed our Burns supper but I suspect she was quite happy being spoilt at her grandparents. Meanwhile we have heaps of leftovers so there might be some haggis nachos or haggis pizza in the near future.
Check out more ways to serve haggis.
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
1/3 cup (65g) rolled oats
2/3 cup (65g) oatmeal
1 slice of bread, ground to crumbs
1 cup mixed nuts, coarsely ground
60g butter or margarine, approx
2 medium carrots
1 large onion
70g (3 button) mushrooms
325g (5 small) potatoes
400g can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp ground linseeds (flaxmeal)
3 tsp dried herbs
Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
2 tbsp whisky
1 tsp yeast extract
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
seasoning to taste
oil for frying
Tomato sauce or chutney
Melt 30g of the margarine and cook oats, oatmeal, breadcrumbs and nuts for about 3
minutes over medium heat in a large frypan. They are done when slightly browned and you can smell they are cooked. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Finely chop carrot, onion, potato and mushrooms. (I chopped all the vegetables in my blender and it was quite finely chopped so I needed to drain them in a colander, pressing out as much moisture as possible.) Melt another 30g of the margarine in
the frypan and fry the vegetables and beans for about 5 minutes or until carrot has changed colour.
oats and nut mixture to the frypan with the vegetable mixture. Mix in
the remaining ingredients and season as required. Cook
another 5 minutes. It should be quite hard to stir.
Take handfuls of burger mixture and shape into round flat patties. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in frypan and fry patties in it for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes, adding more oil if required.
Meanwhile prepare ingredients for burgers and have buns cut in half. Spread tomato sauce (and butter if you like) onto the bottom of the burger and some mayonnaise on the top half of the bun. When burger is cooked both side flip onto the saucy burger bun. Place cheese on top and gently warm under grill so cheese melts. Top with tomato slices, lettuce leaves and the top half of the bun.
The mixture can also be used for making a loaf - bake at 180 C in a loaf in for 40 minutes.
NOTES: The burger mixture is vegan if you use vegan margarine. You can build this as a vegan burger if you check if the bun. cheese and mayo are vegan. Update: I only made 4 and then could not be bothered frying more so the rest was baked as a loaf and put in the freezer but the leftover burgers were great in a toasted cheese sandwich.
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