Hubby and I do not need an excuse to break out the haggis and will happily devour it in most any of its incredibly versatile size shapes or forms.  Not content with its traditional chums of neeps and tatties, I’ve tried it Chinese style in spring rolls, Indian style in samosas, Mexican style in quesedillas, poshed up in filo pastry parcels with a sweet plum sauce, deep fried out the chippie, not to mention as an unmissable part of a “full Scottish” breakfast fry up!  I’ve even recently been sent a recipe for haggis lasagne which I’m very very intrigued by… (watch this space!).  But on Burns Night it really has to be eaten traditional style, which means the ‘holy trinity’ of haggis, neeps and tatties.

So we couldn’t let Burns Night go by without honouring Rabbie with a plateful of the good stuff, and the good stuff is hands down Macsweens!  Much easier to pop into the supermarket and buy one of theirs than chasing down one of the damn beasties in the wilds yourself 😉

I won’t lie and say that the ingredients aren’t a little offputting… In fact, I had quite the fight to get Hubby to try it at all but once he did he was quite smitten and probably has it more than me these days!  And if you can eat a hot dog then you can eat haggis, and at least the offputting in haggis is quality offputting…

But once you get past what’s in it, it really is properly delicious.  All peppery and spicy with an earthy and grainy and chewy texture that I’m really not doing justice to! Just trust me and try it, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised 🙂

Back to Burns Night 2013!  Here’s the before picture…

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties | fifigoesnom

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties | fifigoesnom

 

 

 

And here’s the after picture, with a requisite shot of whisky in the glass as well as in the cream sauce (delicious recipe courtesy of The Macsween Haggis Bible).

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties | fifigoesnom

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties | fifigoesnom

 

 And the after after picture 🙂  Haggis all gone…

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, the empty plate version | fifigoesnom

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, the empty plate version | fifigoesnom

 

And for desert, who could resist these cute “Babbie Haggies” jelly belly beans which, much as I love Scotland’s national dish, are only haggis coloured and not haggis flavoured!

Haggis, savoury and sweet | fifigoesnom

Haggis, savoury and sweet | fifigoesnom

 

Happy Birthday, Rabbie!

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