How to cook haggis, Bashed Neeps and Tatties

Macsween Haggis
Haggis, neeps and tatties

If you’re looking for the truly authentic way of serving traditional haggis (and vegetarian haggis too), bashed neeps and tatties are a must. Be as fancy as you like in preparing your plate. Served in a tower is one way to impress your guests, but a generous scoop of each on a plate lines the ribs just as well. The earthy colours complement one other beautifully.

Cooking the haggis

  • Order the right traditional haggis or vegetarian haggis according to the number of guests yo ha’ve invited. As a general guideline:
        • Chieftain haggis serves 16 guests
        • 1.8kg haggis serves 8 guests
        • 907g haggis serves 4-5 guests
        • 454g haggis serves 2-3 guests
          and for really large numbers don’t forget the catering packs.
  • There are five ways to cook your haggis. How you do it depends on the size of your haggis and how much time you have. Cooking instructions are printed on the packaging of every product but for ease, here is a guide to cooking haggis.

Preparing the Neeps and Tatties

We’ve not specified an amount of neeps or tatties here as it is really determined by how hungry you think your guests will be.
As a general rule. 500g of potatoes and 1 large turnip for every four people around your table will confirm your reputation as a generous host.

Neeps

  • Peel and quarter a turnip and boil for 25 minutes or until soft.
  • Drain and mash with a little butter. Add a teaspoon of caster sugar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tatties

  • Peel and quarter the potatoes and boil for 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Drain and mash with a little butter and milk to get a smooth, creamy consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

All that remains is to warm your plate and serve. If you’d like to share your plate of haggis, neeps and tatties, we’d love to see a photo.

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