But there are some recipes that are steeped in tradition. Haggis, neeps and tatties is one of these.
“Haggis, neeps and tatties, the Holy Trinity. It never goes wrong.” laughs award-winning haggis producer, James Macsween.
So here, for you, is a simple guide to preparing Scotland’s national dish.
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
Poach the haggis in smoking water for an hour and a half. Open and serve with equal amounts of neeps and tatties and a wee dram. Alternatively, follow the instructions on the packet and microwave.
- 500g large potatoes
- 400g sea salt
- 50g butter
- 60ml milk, boiling
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Prick the potatoes, place the sea salt on a baking tray and put the potatoes on top. Bake for an hour and a half or until soft. Once cooked, cut in half and scoop out the potato (this method will keep the mash dry) then slowly add the butter, milk and season, then set aside.
- 1 large turnip
- 50g butter
- pinch of nutmeg
Peel and dice the turnip, then cook in a pan of salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter, salt and nutmeg and set aside.
To serve, place equal portions of haggis, neep and tatties and serve with whisky gravy.
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Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinkin ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!
from Address to a Haggis
Lee and the Haggis UK team