It was Burns Night this week so I decided to come up with a scottish inspired menu. Some of the recipes are traditional and some not so traditional. I'm kicking off with Haggis for my starter.
Haggis is sheeps heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices. It's encased in the sheeps stomach and boiled. Doesn't sound particularly appetising really but in fact it's quite delicious.
I didn't cook mine in the traditional way but instead split the haggis open and cooked it like mince.
Haggis in Filo Pastry on Neeps & Tatties with redcurrant & Marsala Jus (serves 6)
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Small Haggis
6 Filo Sheets
Butter/Oil to brush
Half a small Swede (Neeps)
6 New Potatoes
1 Glass Marsala
1 tbsp Redcurrant Jelly
Finely chop the onion and soften with a little oil in a large frying pan, when it becomes translucent add the garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes. Now split open the haggis and add to the pan. You will need to crumble it a little with a fork to start with. Cook for 10-15 minutes until it has browned.
To assemble your parcels, cut each filo sheet in half horizontally then vertically so you have 4 equally sized pieces. Spray them with oil or brush with butter then arrange them crossing over each other like a star - am I making sense here? I hope so. Put a tablespoon of the haggis mixture in the centre and gather up the pastry to make the parcel.
Bake at 160C for 15 minutes.
Cut the swede and potatoes into small cubes and saute them to brown, season with S&P and some thyme then put them in the oven to finish cooking along with the haggis.
Tip your stock into a frying pan and heat, when it starts to simmer add the marsala and bring to the boil, cook for 2-3 minutes then add the redcurrant jelly stirring till it melts - Done
Scottish Scotch Eggs
I used a large haggis so I had extra to play around with. I came up with a Scottish Scotch Egg. It was basically the raw haggis wrapped around a quails egg, dipped in egg and bread crumbs then deep fried. It made a good appetiser and I think a few ended up in my son's lunch box too Xx