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Alternative Ideas for Burns Night

With Burns Night almost upon us (25th January) people up and down the country will soon be enjoying that fine Sottish fare, Haggis.

Burns Suppers involve a great deal of ceremony and a meal consisting of haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes) all washed down with a dram or two of Scotch whisky, but that isn’t the only way to enjoy it.

If you don’t want to go down the traditional route but would still like to celebrate Burns Night with a haggis dish, we have a few ideas that you could think about serving instead.

Haggis Lasagne

With this dish, haggis is used to replace minced beef but comes with the bonus that it’s already seasoned, making it a fantastic substitute.

Haggis lasagne is easy to make. Essentially, it is just alternate layers of haggis and lasagne sheets, with tomatoes, white sauce and some additional seasoning added to it.

Like traditional lasagne, this is a great feel good dish that is easily shared with several people and the Sue Lawrence recipe on the Good Food website is a great place to begin.

Haggis Nachos

This is a quick yet delicious dish to make and is perfect if you’d like to celebrate Burns Night but just don’t have a great deal of time to for anything more elaborate.

This is an especially great option for a more relaxed evening with friends and is simple to prepare. Cook the haggis in the oven, as per the instructions, then add tortillas to an oven dish topped with as much haggis as you want. Sprinkle it all with grated cheese and jalapenos and put back into the oven until the cheese melts.

For the finishing touches, dollop generous helpings of salsa, sour cream and guacamole on top of the haggis nachos and serve immediately.

Make sure to either prepare a lot of haggis or a have enough at hand to cook a second helping because this dish will go quickly.

Balmoral Chicken

This is more complicated than the previous ideas but still easy if you’re prepared to give it a try.

Balmoral Chicken is a chicken breast stuffed with haggis, then wrapped in bacon, parma ham or prosciutto and served with a creamy whisky sauce.

There are lots of recipes online that are all slightly different. You should experiment to see which one you prefer, but here’s one from the All Recipes website to get you started.

Changing the whisky you use in the whisky sauce will also bring subtle changes to the dish and is a world to explore in its own right.

For Auld Lang Syne

Alternative Ideas for Burns Night. Our Ox based Haggis is simply delicious. Whether you decide on a traditional Burns Supper or try one of our alternative ideas, here at we would suggest you try our ox-based haggis. It adds a delicate spicy flavour that adds something a little different to your meal.

But whatever you decide to cook for Burns Night, surround yourself with friends and family and toast Scotland’s national bard with a little dram. Then as the evening draws to a close get your guests on their feet for a rousing rendition of Auld Langs Syne, just like every Burns Night celebration in the country.

1 Comment

  1. Brian on June 12, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Shared! This is AWESOME stuff! Thank you!

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