What’s more Scottish than whisky, Irn-bru, Nessie, and the invisible cash machine. That’s right – it’s Scotland’s national dish: haggis!
But what is haggis? Where did haggis come from? Why is it Scotland’s national dish?
We attempt to answer these well-googled questions and more, so you too can be an appreciator of Scotland’s most revered dish.
What is Haggis?
There is a long-running joke in Scotland where if a Scot is asked the question “What is haggis?” by anyone without a tartan twang, we are to reply with “it’s a four-legged creature with left and right legs of different lengths, allowing it to run around the steep mountains and hillsides, but only in one direction”. According to an online survey, this joke seems to be gaining traction. 30% of American tourists visiting Scotland believe that haggis is a wild animal!
In reality, haggis is actually a lot less glamorous an article than some weird beastie cutting about the hills. Haggis is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with diced innards served with root vegetables.
What is Haggis made of?
Haggis is normally made up of the following ingredients:
A sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onions, oatmeal, suet and spices, mixed with stock and boiled in the animal’s stomach. As much as it sounds like a scene from Saw, the resulting dish is tasty beyond belief! Pair it with a cheeky dram of the good stuff and you’ve got yourself a dinner for the gods!
Nowadays, haggis normally has an artificial casing, and vegetarian options have become popular with people following meat-free diets.
Who Invented Haggis?
Many claim that haggis originates from the old Scottish cattle drovers, where Highlanders would leave their land to drive their cattle to market. The women would send them off with a ‘ready meal’ for them to eat on their long journey through the glens.
Other people have posited that the first haggis was carried to Scotland aboard a Viking longboat when the Norse came over to Scotland to raid and/or settle here.
A third theory is that the dish was a way of cooking and preserving offal following a hunt. This was done by dicing the sheep’s pluck and then stuffing this with whatever could be gathered into the animal’s stomach and then boiling. The very first “boil in the bag” meal!
The definitive answer to where haggis came from seems to be lost in the mists of time. Either way, we are glad this glorious dish has become the culinary classic it has now!
When to Eat Haggis
Haggis is a great meal any deal of the week, but traditionally it’s eaten every Burns’ Night. Burns Night is celebrated annually in Scotland on the 25th of January, commemorating the life of the bard Robert Burns.
In one of his most famous poems – his ‘Address to a Haggis’ – Burns celebrates his love for the humble delicacy.
“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my airm.”
Burns’ popularity unwittingly elevated this dish of the poor into the iconic dish we know today!
Where can I get Haggis in Inverness?
Of course, you can buy haggis from local supermarkets, but why not have it delivered right to your door! Delivery companies like Just Eat Inverness, Uber Eats Inverness, Deliveroo Inverness, and getzz have made it even easier to get this iconic dish in Inverness delivered to your door. Out of these Inverness takeaway delivery apps, it’s only getzz that has the best of local restaurants to choose from and helps support local restaurants and workers by passing on the delivery fees directly to the drivers and don’t charge the restaurants the earth to reach the hungry public!
Why not order a Highland Mac & Cheese from Lorimers Family Restaurant? Mac & Cheese served with haggis to give you a glorious taste of the Highlands! Lorimers is a popular local institution that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days. Take a look at their menu on getzz app and you’re bound to find something that will tickle your taste buds!
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