What is Haggis?

Haggis is a very old Scottish dish, which combines meats, spices and oatmeal to create a very rich, unusual, but none the less delicious feast. Its factual and historic description is sometimes off-putting to people who have not tried it. Fortunately, modern techniques in the preparation and presentation make it an acceptable delicacy to almost everyone's palate. In fact, it’s simply delicious. If you haven't tried authentic Scottish Haggis… you must!  In Scotland it does feature regularly on many peoples home menus throughout the year. It makes "guest" appearances on a more formal basis throughout the year, whenever Scottish culture is celebrated.

In the olden days the preparation went a bit like this:
Take the liver, lungs & heart of a sheep and boil them. Mince the meats and mix with chopped onions, toasted oatmeal, salt, pepper, and spices. - Take one properly cleaned sheep's stomach. Stuff the cleaned stomach with the prepared contents. Sew up the stomach (leaving enough room for expansion to avoid a large messy explosion) and boil. Serve and eat. Lovely!

Be reassured that the modern dish prepared in Scotland is not so gruesome. The best meats are selected, (including tripe and offal) and prepared with finest oatmeal and spices...but served in a synthetic skin that is representative of the old technique. The quality manufacturers in Scotland pride themselves in their guarded secret recipes and prepare the dish to exacting standards. It has a higher quality of content than your average "sausage"...and is extremely healthy...so please don't be put off! Nowadays, there are vegetarian versions made from the finest Scottish produce.

Why not have a wee haggis sample now?