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Burns Night Food and Recipes


Scottish Haggis

Scottish Haggis

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Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) is Scotland’s most famous poet. He is celebrated in Scotland and beyond on the anniversary of his birth (January 25th ) known as Burns Night. Scots gather together for a Burns Night Supper which can range from an informal gathering to formal dinners full of ritual and Burns night etiquette. The food served will be traditional Scottish fare with an important 'guest' at the supper, the Haggis.

Food and Recipes on Burns Night

A classic starter on Burns Night will be hearty and filling Cock-a-Leekie Soup. Cock a Leekie Soup is a peasant dish with many regional variations, some which goes back as far as the 16th century. Some cooks add chopped grilled bacon, some use beef stock, some add Jamaican pepper and many suggest offering stewed prunes with the finished dish but the classic recipe works the best for me.

There must be a Haggis. Haggis is the national dish of Scotland and was immortalized by the poet Robert Burns in his poem Address to a Haggis The haggis will be served with Tatties (potatoes) and Neeps (turnips) creating the Classic Haggis,Tatties and Neeps Recipe. This Haggis, Tatties and Neeps recipe is easy to achieve, just make sure you buy a good quality Haggis, traditional meat or vegetarian one.

A good choice for pudding is a traditional Tipsy Laird Trifle. Tipsy Laird, also called Typsy Laird, is a Scottish trifle dessert essentially the same as English trifle, the pudding that has graced British tables for centuries but with whisky not sherry, and Scottish raspberries.

And to drink, of course this is Scotland and it must be Whisky for the traditional "Toast to the Lassies' made by a male guest thanking the women in their lives.

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