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Snakeshot
December 28, 2005, 21:28
Allright, I'm one full quarter Scot and I have never tasted haggis, so here's the recipe in case anyone wants to make some for the New Year. I think I'll stick with their fine whisky.

HAGGIS RECIPE:

* 1 sheep’s lung (illegal in the U.S)
* 1 sheep’s stomach
* 1 sheep heart
* 1 sheep liver
* 1/2 lb fresh suet (kidney leaf fat is preferred)
* 3/4 cup oatmeal (the ground type, NOT the Quaker Oats type!)
* 3 onions, finely chopped
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
* 3/4 cup stock

Wash lungs and stomach well, rub with salt and rinse. Remove membranes and excess fat. Soak in cold salted water for several hours. Turn stomach inside out for stuffing.

Cover heart and liver with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Chop heart and coarsely grate liver. Toast oatmeal in a skillet on top of the stove, stirring frequently, until golden. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Loosely pack mixture into stomach, about two-thirds full. Remember, oatmeal expands in cooking.

Press any air out of stomach and truss securely. Put into boiling water to cover. Simmer for 3 hours, uncovered, adding more water as needed to maintain water level. Prick stomach several times with a sharp needle when it begins to swell; this keeps the bag from bursting. Place on a hot platter, removing trussing strings. Serve with a spoon. Ceremoniously served with “neeps, tatties and nips”—mashed turnips, mashed potatoes, nips of whiskey (LOTS of whiskey!).

vmtz
December 28, 2005, 21:36
If you can eat it, then you will understand why the Scots are like they are.


Vince

habe
December 28, 2005, 21:38
Uh, no.

habe

'TUDE
December 28, 2005, 21:55
Holy mother of Pearl !

A substitute if I may:

Kill a deer.
Cut all meat off and give to friends.
Everything else left over, throw in a large pot, dump in all left-overs from the fridge, dump a box of captain crunch cereal atop it, and stir.
Let sit for three days outside and wait for neighbors to knock on door and complain of smell. Ask neighbors to return the meat you gave them to begin with.

Trixie
December 28, 2005, 22:05
I tried some freshly made haggis once -- that was enough.

Reminded me of canned dog food, only a bit drier.
(..no, I won't tell how I know what dog food tastes like...)

FALshot
December 28, 2005, 22:09
NEGATIVE

Bill Woodward
Portland, OR.

fire for effect
December 28, 2005, 22:09
merle haggis, he's that country western singer isn't he???

tac-40
December 28, 2005, 22:11
I had some in Holy Loch but only after several (read Too Many) pints of stout. Filled up with pickled eggs while waiting for the liberty launch back to the boat. Never did understand why nobody wanted to work along side me the next day. Kept getting sent topside for errands.:eek:

Snakeshot
December 28, 2005, 22:17
Originally posted by tac-40
I had some in Holy Loch but only after several (read Too Many) pints of stout. Filled up with pickled eggs while waiting for the liberty launch back to the boat. Never did understand why nobody wanted to work along side me the next day. Kept getting sent topside for errands.:eek:
tac,
I get topside errands on a normal day!:rofl: :uhoh:

spatin
December 28, 2005, 22:32
I ate some once at a party but had no idea what I was eating.
It certainly had a "unique" taste.
When the hostess told me it was haggis, I think I must have turned green.
Don't think I want to try it again. Cajuns can eat just about anything (I'm Cajun) but not that.
Sidney

Potshot
December 28, 2005, 22:40
Know why Scots wear kilts??

Sheep can hear zippers

Oh, and I'm qua-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rter Scotch...


If ya don't like eating lungs, I'd stay away from hotdogs...

elbo
December 29, 2005, 07:40
Good music!

haggis (http://www.enterthehaggis.com/index.php)

euripides
December 29, 2005, 07:46
yechhh!!!:eek: :uhoh:

DABTL
December 29, 2005, 08:19
There was a restaraunt in Burlington, Ontario, with haggis on the menu.

I ordered it.

That crap is worse than pulled pork in the Carolinas or Tennessee.

Sailor553
December 29, 2005, 09:11
I like it. Grampa used to make it every once and a while. Best I ever ate was in Scotland. My kids, however, didn't care for it.

Yes, I am a Scot.

gman552
December 29, 2005, 10:10
"I believe most Scottish food is based on a dare"

- Mike Meyers in "So I Married An Axe Murderer"

medicmike
December 29, 2005, 11:03
I tried it a few times at Higland games. Wasn't too bad if ya didn't think about what was in it. Was playing with the local bagpipe band at the time.

English Mike
December 29, 2005, 14:45
I LIKE Haggis:p

There's too much nutmeg in that recipe though - it hides the taste of the other ingredients:D

Nuke
December 29, 2005, 14:52
Had some at a bar in Edinburgh (the English capital of Scotland) and it tasted pretty good. I also had it deep fat fried (later the same day). They deep fat fry everything over there.

321poof
December 29, 2005, 16:18
Years ago In FT.Myers FL.
I worked a the Landings CC. in the kitchen..
we had a banquet for a bunch of Scotts .. about 250...
well part of their dish was Haggis.. we had many small sausages for serving.. ,
but we also had one large full stomach Haggis for a cerimony that involved about 8 or 10 bagpipers and a big red plad draped ( like a corpmans strecher)
carried by two.. with the haggis on an ornate plater on the strecher..
the head of cerimony began...then the bag pipers and Haggis paraded in and around the place... then they stopped on stage and said some more words about how the Haggis saved the Scotts from starvation and how it was a sacrade food and blaa blaa blaa.... then he raised a Huge ornate gold and silver two foot long Knife and .........BACK to the Kitchen.. we were running behind...
so I had put it in the steamer to cook it... I hadnt noticed how much larger it had gotten since I had put it in the steamer.....well the timmer went off.. I grabbed it and ran the stinkie thing through the main dinning room( OOPS!)

then on to the platter and off they went...BACK to the Huge knife....... the split moment that blade touched the Haggis.....any one here remember the movie SCANNERS...........Boom a dozen men in dresses covered in this stinky mess..
the crowd went wild,, they loved it...
That party booked there every year after.... I tried the haggis:confused: J.P.

Stranger
December 29, 2005, 16:24
Originally posted by 321poof

then on to the platter and off they went...BACK to the Huge knife....... the split moment that blade touched the Haggis.....any one here remember the movie SCANNERS...........Boom a dozen men in dresses covered in this stinky mess..
the crowd went wild,, they loved it...
That party booked there every year after.... I tried the haggis:confused: J.P.

:rofl: :bow:

9thmoon
December 29, 2005, 17:25
I always wonder how many people confuse haggis and hummus.

Haggis sounds good to me. I am mostly Scot, but just bloodline, not culturally.

hhmorant
December 29, 2005, 17:41
Never tried haggis. Never will, most likely.

On the other hand, a baked pig stomach stuffed with sausage, cabbage, and potatoes is completely different :D Good stuff!

(Pennsylvania Dutch food can be pretty, uh, creative too.)

JohnnyMac
December 29, 2005, 19:39
I had haggis in Scotland, but it was at one of the "tourist traps" and came out of a can. Kind of a runny corned beef hash.

Later, I made highland haggis from a doe that I head-shot (this is key, as you can't use one that is heart-lung shot). Didn't do the cook-in-the-stomach thing, just used a a large crock. Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, onions, lots of pepper, salt, and some toasted oats. It turned out like a sort of "loose" meatloaf.

Tasted similar to scrapple, which is another "use up the leavin's" kind of food.

Sounds like 321proof was catering a Burns' supper, which celebrates Robert Burns, the Scottish poet.

M2MG
December 29, 2005, 19:59
That's my grandma's receipe. It almost got her killed drinking it. She got all drunked up one night drinking that stuff and crashed her Harley.

Be carefull!!!!!

English Mike
December 29, 2005, 20:19
The closest I have found to true Highland Haggis is, of all things a PLASTIC (rather than sheeps' stomach) wrapped version.
The biggest bugger is hunting the damn' things; if you start them off the wrong way round a hill, then they roll to the bottom too soon & still have the energy to get up & run away back to their burrows.
A good Haggis ghillie is hard to find these days & the youngsters are too eager - if the Haggis hasn't been run far enough, then they're tough as a miners' boot:(

elcope
December 29, 2005, 20:23
The Scottish poet Robert Burns ( you may remember him from the poem Auld Lang Syne) celebration is widely celebrated in Canadian Masonic lodges especially those with a Scots heritage. Living in Whitefish MT I try to visit the Cranbrook BC Masonic lodge on Robert Burns night.

I actually enjoyed the Haggis.

:-)

Ed

MrL1A1
December 29, 2005, 20:37
Never tried it before. But I guess if I was dying out in the peat of Scottland I'd give it a chew....

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martin35
December 29, 2005, 22:18
Some haggis will be made with a couple of neeps (turnips) included.
Scots frown on neeps as a food for poor people, like taters in Ireland.
Every family has a different variation.

Stoney
December 29, 2005, 22:30
Its why they invited whiskey, so they could eat it:)

vmtz
December 29, 2005, 22:46
Originally posted by ENGLISH MIKE
The closest I have found to true Highland Haggis is, of all things a PLASTIC (rather than sheeps' stomach) wrapped version.
The biggest bugger is hunting the damn' things; if you start them off the wrong way round a hill, then they roll to the bottom too soon & still have the energy to get up & run away back to their burrows.
A good Haggis ghillie is hard to find these days & the youngsters are too eager - if the Haggis hasn't been run far enough, then they're tough as a miners' boot:(

English Mike,

Still eating cockles?

Vince

DYNOMIKE
December 29, 2005, 22:49
Originally posted by DABTL
There was a restaraunt in Burlington, Ontario, with haggis on the menu.

I ordered it.

That crap is worse than pulled pork in the Carolinas or Tennessee.

:rofl: :rofl: Carolina BBQ is tasty stuff Man..
DABTL: Maybe you would like it W/Coleslaw?:biggrin:


The only organ meat I will eat knowingly is Liver, and only then if cooked to my Liking..
Haggis does not even "sound" appetizing?
The Word itself reminds me of the Sound a Cat makes when it's caughin up a hair ball, or that distinct sound a Dog makes when he is hurling up the wad of grass he just ate.:eek:

Jon Frum
December 29, 2005, 23:24
Enter the Haggis: http://www.enterthehaggis.com/index.php?page=Multimedia Try a video.

CZ-75a
December 30, 2005, 00:14
I'll stick to Goetta, thanks.

tac-40
December 30, 2005, 10:24
Personally, I like Bubble and Squeak.

spatin
December 30, 2005, 12:18
Originally posted by limeyinaz


I've eaten cockles in the US in Italian food, they refer to them as baby clams.

Cockles are good, if done in good malt vinegar, but winkles be better.

OK I give up. What are "winkles"??
Sidney

DYNOMIKE
December 30, 2005, 12:22
Originally posted by spatin


OK I give up. What are "winkles"??
Sidney

I gotta know as well?
AND whatthe hell is "Bubble and Squeak".
Is that a FOOD item, or a shower ritual?:p

owlcreekok
December 30, 2005, 12:36
Originally posted by DYNOMIKE69


I gotta know as well?
AND whatthe hell is "Bubble and Squeak".
Is that a FOOD item, or a shower ritual?:p


Let's all hope it turns out a shower ritual. Maybe Dyno will FINALLY develop an affinity for the rain locker.

:|

LTC B
December 30, 2005, 13:54
They say that the haggis is a mixture of mystery meats that nobody wants, ground, and cooked into a distasteful amorphous compound.

That's baloney!

CZ-75a
December 30, 2005, 17:40
Originally posted by limeyinaz

Bubble and squeak is a dish of fried potatos and cabbage, normally made from left overs.

Sounds like the noises made by your colon after eating it.

izaakb
December 30, 2005, 17:55
Why not? its kosher!

IainClaymore
December 30, 2005, 20:13
Haggis was eaten by the Scots because the landlords generally took the more edible parts of the sheep. There are many stories like this such as chitterlings,(chitlins), are made of pig intestines because the best parts of the pig were taken by the plantation owner. I personally don't care for liver myself but it is considered good luck to eat a bit of haggis when it is served. I will be present on Burns Night in a few weeks and will raise my glass of single malt Scotch when the haggis is brought in to the sound of bagpipes!

The Jews will eat unleavened bread and bitter herbs on Passover to remind them of a period in their history. Many of Scottish blood will do this with haggis for the same reason. Some people even like the taste!

DYNOMIKE
December 30, 2005, 20:26
I believe that most people that learned to eat the organs of animals ate them at first out of necessity not desire?
I think that slaves, peasants, and in general the poor ate them as they had not the funds to purchase the better cuts?
Now for lots of people beef tripe, haggis, chitterlings as well as goat head soup, and many other just plain nasty stuff.. it's normal food for many.

Powderfinger
December 31, 2005, 11:40
Haggis is named for the sound you make as you puke.:tongue:

izaakb
January 02, 2006, 09:51
Interesting about the poor folk's take on the animals.

A lot of Southern food is originally "Slave" food. The black slaves did not have access to the prized parts of the pig or cow, so they found ways to cook the ears and feet. Also, southern specialties like greens (i.e. turnip, mustard, collards and poke salat) were considered inedible but thrifty and clever slaves found ways to cook them and make them quite tasty.. haven't had any poke salat in ages.. :-(