Haggis from Scotland

Probably the best and easiest way of sampling haggis, is to buy one ready-made. An average over-the-counter haggis to feed a family of four is around 250g-500g (½-1lb).


The safest way of reheating a whole cooked haggis is in the oven. Wrap it in foil, in its skin, and heat it through in the oven gas mark 4/180ºC/375ºF for 30 minutes per 250g/8oz haggis. For reheating in a microwave, the outer casing should be removed. Allow approximately 8-10 minutes on high for 500g/1lb haggis.

Re-boiling in hot water is risky since the haggis may burst and does not make good soup!

Traditionally, Robert Burns' Address to a Haggis is read before a haggis is served. It can be served in its skin with mashed potatoes and mashed turnip (tatties and neeps), or with clapshot (mashed potatoes and turnip mixed together).

Contributed by:
Liz Watts
Girl Scouts of Tres Condados Council, California, USA
Former Brownie Guider and County Hillwalking Adviser, UK

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