It's Burns Night on 25 January so celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns with these classic Scottish Burns Night recipes from haggis, neeps and tatties to whisky desserts.
It’s Burns Night on 25 January, so celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns with these classic Burns Night recipes from haggis, neeps and tatties to whisky desserts.And while you may not have a piper, no Burns’ Night supper would be complete without Rabbie’s address to the haggis. Be sure to recite it aloud (theatrical voice a must) before you tuck into your delicious Scottish fare.
Address to a haggis
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 worthy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o need, While thro your pores the dews distil Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight, An cut you up wi ready slight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin, rich!
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive, Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout, Or olio that wad staw a sow, Or fricassee wad mak her spew Wi perfect scunner, Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash, As feckless as a wither’d rash, His spindle shank a guid whip-lash, His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash, O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He’ll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned, Like taps o thrissle.
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer, Gie her a Haggis
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The traditional Burns’ Night starter is this warming haddock soup, known as cullen skink, which has a rich creamy flavour.
Get the recipe: Cullen skink
The most traditional Burns Night recipe is the savoury pudding haggis. Buy one ready-made and add pastry, chutney, beetroot and leek to make these parcels of haggis. Vegetarian haggis is also now fairly readily available and would also be jazzed up with a pastry wrapping.
Floury potatoes, milk and seasoning are all you need to make this classic mash recipe. Tatties are a classic side dish on Burns Night along with mashed turnips or swede (neeps).
Get the recipe: Mashed potatoes
If you don’t fancy haggis, serve up this cheap, quick and easy Scottish-inspired smoked haddock kedgeree. It’s simply smoked haddock, eggs, rice and coriander.
Get the recipe: Quick kedgeree
Cranachan is one of the most traditional Scottish desserts, made with raspberries, cream, oatmeal and honey. Make it in advance, let it chill and bring it out half-an-hour before eating.
Get the recipe: Cranachan
Trifles are another traditional Burns Night treat and this Whisky trifle is bound to go down well! Make individual portions for the kids with orange juice instead of whisky.
Get the recipe: Whisky trifle
Perfect for cold January, this whisky-infused classic is an absolute must for Burns Night.
Get the recipe: Hot toddy
Despite the name this cocktail actually does have a certain Scottish element to it – plenty of whisky! On a cold January night, nothing beats a warming cocktail to get the festivities going.
Get the recipe: Manhattan cocktail