What is Haggis?
It’s a name that is as synonymous with Scotland as whisky, bagpipes and Loch Ness. But despite being universally recognised as Scotland’s national dish, what do you really know about haggis and do you really want to try it when you travel with CLC World to one of the best resorts in Scotland, CLC Duchally Country Estate?
We investigate this unique delicacy and its history further.
Haggis a pudding unlike any other you’ve probably tasted in your life. Firstly it is savoury rather than sweet, blending the heart, liver and lungs of an animal (traditionally sheep or lamb) with oatmeal and suet before being flavoured with onions, spices and seasoning and baked inside the lining of the animal’s stomach.
How does it taste?
We understand that the description above may do little to convince you to try it, but a whole nation can’t be wrong! We think that once you take that first bite, you’ll agree with them. Simply put, haggis is delicious. Thanks to the oatmeal, it has a wonderful crumbly texture and rich, peppery flavour – just like the best kind of stuffing.
When do I eat it?
You’ll find haggis on menus across the country, from quaint gastropubs to luxury resort restaurants like CLC Duchally Country Estate. A main meal, it is traditionally served with another quintessentially Scottish dish, neeps and tatties (that’s swedes, turnips and potatoes cooked and mashed separately for the uninitiated.) Haggis is best accompanied by a glass of local whisky.
Don’t be surprised if you’re offered haggis first thing in the morning, however. It’s a key ingredient in a full Scottish breakfast as well!
The modern variation
Today haggis can be made in artificial casings or baked in a pan without a casing at all. You can find your haggis smoked, served as a topping on nachos or even meat-free. Grains and pulses, such as lentils, split peas and kidney beans can all be used as principal ingredients in the vegetarian version, along with the all-important oatmeal, of course.
Haggis and Burns Night …
Is a match made in heaven? One of the most important Scottish celebrations, Burns Night celebrates the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns who was such a fan of haggis that he even wrote an entire poem about it: Address to Haggis. As such, haggis is an essential dish for Burns Supper, along with whisky, traditional song and dance and great company.