Haggis. It's What's For Dinner. Celebrating Poet Robert Burns Birthday

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Haggis. It's What's For Dinner.

Celebrating Poet Robert Burns Birthday

 

Wordle: Burns Supper

 

NOT HERE!  The United States food safety department prohibits the import of Haggis into this country.  Haggis is a type of sausage, made with sheep's "pluck" (that's the heart, liver and lungs) cooked up with other stuff.....onion, suet, oatmeal, spices and a little stock.  The reason it is banned is because the U.S. does not allow sheep's lung in food.  The outbreak of mad cow disease in 1989 didn't help either.

 

These days most commercial haggis is prepared in a casing, but the traditional method is to simmer the ingredients for hours in the animal's stomach.  One review I found described it as frightening!  Take a look at this photo of haggis and see if you agree.  I've heard that if you can get past the idea of it, haggis is really tasty. 

 

Scotland's beloved poet, Robert Burns, wrote a poem titled "Address To A Haggis", which pretty much secured it's claim as the national dish of Scotland.  Scots and other admirers of Burns celebrate his birthday (which is today, January 25th) with a Burns Supper or "Burns Nicht"....a meal of haggis, "neeps" and "tatties", along with a "dram"....which translates to turnips, potatoes and some good Scotch whisky. 

 

So how can you have a Burns Supper in the U.S?  The Scots are trying to get the ban removed, but until then you might want to try this Alton Brown recipe for haggis that does not use sheep lung.

 

 

 

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Don, how kind of you to share! Give, Give, Give!

John, it sure looks yucky!

Judith, the festivals must be lots of fun!

Karen, I have a little Scot in me too.  Besides that, my son-in-law is half Scottish and when he and my daughter married the men wore kilts.....I'll have to post photos sometime.  It was very cool!  We didn't serve any haggis at the reception.  I'm sure everyone was disappointed! LOL!

Denise, I'll try most types of food....and if I get the chance I'm pretty sure I'll try this too, even tho I admit it looks gross.  Blowing Rock?  We have friends with an amazing home there.  It's a beautiful place.

Joshua, yep.....very interesting!

 

January 25, 2011 09:12 PM
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Ann, Oh ugh!  I will not be having any haggis any time in the near future...while I'm sober anyway, LOL.  

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I actually tasted it once.  Not bad.  If I remember it tastes like sausage.

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Ann,

That was a nice tribute. Wouldn't look for haggis is any restaurants. :)

Steve

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Ann,

Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Observances and Celebrations." :)

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