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Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:55 am

Yup Haggis, one of may strangest gastronomical experiences

Haggis "is typically served on Burns Night, January 25, when Scotland celebrates the birth of its greatest poet, Robert Burns, who was born in Ayrshire on that date in 1759. During the celebration, Burns poems are read, and the haggis is addressed by a member of the party, ceremonially, in the form of verses from Burns' poem, 'Address to a Haggis.'

but do you know what Haggis contains
Here is a recipe
The Dreaded Haggis (from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course)

1 sheep's stomach
1 sheep heart
1 sheep liver
1/2 lb suet, fresh (kidney leaf fat is preferred)
3/4 c oatmeal
1 ts salt
1/2 ts pepper
1/4 ts cayenne
1/2 ts nutmeg
3/4 c stock

Wash 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.


Ha in many other types of haggis you use other unwanted parts of the sheep (eg bowels, spleen ,etc)

[Edited 2005-11-04 18:57:37]
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes Gow Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:57 am

Never had it but if you think that's bad you should try Tripe. Much worse.  Wink
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:01 am

It's quite nice actually (as long as you don't think about what's in it  Wink)
It's got a kind of "oatmealy" texture, I suggest you buy it from a butcher instead of cooking it yourself (that is if you have Scottish butcher in Geneva  Wink).

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:02 am

I first tried Haggis in Scotland and I was surprised how tasty it was.

First of all, it was quite spicy and tasted a bit like a Moroccan or a North Indian Kebab. That was the first surprise.

It also didn't have a slimy texture. In fact, it was quite burger like.

Tripe on the other hand is gross. When I was in boarding school in the UK as a kid, we had tripe all the time. It was the only British food I never took to. Well, that and potted tongue.  Sad
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:05 am

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 3):
I first tried Haggis in Scotland and I was surprised how tasty it was.

First of all, it was quite spicy and tasted a bit like a Moroccan or a North Indian Kebab. That was the first surprise.

It also didn't have a slimy texture. In fact, it was quite burger like.

That's what I've heard as well--have a buddy in Newcastle who's Scottish who is coming stateside in a few weeks and I am probably going to have my first taste of it myself.
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:06 am

Sorry guys but what's tripe?

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:06 am

It's bloody horrible stuff. The only time I've ever had it was when I mistook it for a slightly larger than normal sausage.

I (genuinely) nearly threw up.

As for tripe; people in this day and age eating tripe?  Wow! Christ, we used to feed it to the dogs.  vomit 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:12 am

Banco you've just offended all your Scottish neighbors  Wink.
And what exactly is tripe?

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:16 am

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Banco you've just offended all your Scottish neighbors

But am I bovvered?  Wink
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:19 am

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 5):
Sorry guys but what's tripe?

Tripe is the muscular lining of beef stomach (can also be from sheep or pigs, but rarely). It comes in 4 types: the fat part of the first belly (called gras double in France), and three different sections of the honeycomb (the second stomach of the cow)--light, dark, and the partial honeycomb of the 2nd belly's extreme end.


Basically it's disgusting. My grandparents used to eat it all the time like fish and chips with tons of salt and vinager.
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:11 am

Haggis is very similar to Black Pudding. It's actually really tasty, especially on a cold night with a plate of chips!  yummy 
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:39 am

A haggis supper from the chippie at the end of a night on the piss. Bloody excellent. Not down my way though, only in Scotland as far as I know.

IMO deep fried from the chip shop is much better than Haggis and neeps which I believe is the way it is traditionally served at home.
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:40 am

Cannae beat Haggis, tatties and neeps, sent down with a braw dram of Malt Whisky  Wink
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:42 am

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
Cannae beat Haggis, tatties and neeps, sent down with a braw dram of Malt Whisky

Wise words spoken none-better than our resident Haggis!  silly 
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:16 am

I've had it a few times and if it's prepared right it's actually pretty good. If it isn't, it's not awful, it just tastes very bland!

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:10 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 9):
My grandparents used to eat it all the time like fish and chips with tons of salt and vinager.

That recipe sounds really disgusting... my family always prepared it like a beef stew. I really like it that way.

Never tried Haggis... but I'm one of those people that (within reason) will try almost anything but the most dodgy of bits...

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:06 pm

I don't mind haggis in smallish quantities. I love black pudding, although I almost swore off it for life after reading "The Name Of The Rose". They are both better eaten in winter, which is pretty much all year in Scotland anyway.
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:25 pm

Has anyone tried chitlins?

Its the lower intestine of a pig. Quite popular in the American South, especially among African Americans.

I was at a soul food restaurant in Washington DC once, and I decided I'd try chitlins as I've pretty much tried everything once in my life (including - and regrettably so - dog in Seoul). Alas, as soon as the waitress laid down the steaming plate of chitlins in front of me, a wave of nausea hit me and I ran to the lav and threw up the 3 whiskeys I'd had before dinner.

Chitlins are nasty nasty nasty. The smell is unlike anything on the planet.
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:40 pm

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 3):
Tripe on the other hand is gross.

Surprise, it is available in India. I tried it once and threw up.
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:48 pm

I like to pleasure my haggis before I kill it.

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:16 pm

Found alongside Deep Fried Pizza and Deep Fried Mars Bar in the Scottish Culinary hall of shame - and yes they deep fry Haggis too

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
As for tripe; people in this day and age eating tripe?

Possibly still in Yorkshire  Wink

Quoting Banco (Reply 8):
Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Banco you've just offended all your Scottish neighbors

But am I bovvered?

Sitting on the South coast you're quite safe Banco - any further South than Birmingham and the intense heat and humidity should see any Scots after your blood head swiftly north of the border again Big grin
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:59 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 20):
the intense heat and humidity should see any Scots after your blood head swiftly north of the border again

That does at least explain their continually inept attempts at invasion throughout history.  Wink
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sun Nov 06, 2005 12:02 am

It's some of the best food in the world! Whenever I go to GYD I always have to take some over to my Dad!

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sun Nov 06, 2005 12:35 am

Nope not for me guys.........maybe if the world was hit by famine and this was the only alternative.

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sun Nov 06, 2005 3:46 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
As for tripe; people in this day and age eating tripe? Christ, we used to feed it to the dogs.



Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Banco you've just offended all your Scottish neighbors

I doubt it  . As far as I know, tripe's more of an English thing. I've never tried it and I don't know anyone up here who has. I've heard enough from those who have tried it to to need to give it a go myself.    (yeah, I'm a hypocrite!)

Quoting NoelG (Reply 10):
Haggis is very similar to Black Pudding

Nah! it looks similar but the texture and taste aren't that similar.

Quoting Saintsman (Reply 11):
IMO deep fried from the chip shop is much better than Haggis and neeps

Nah! A lot of things taste excellent at the end of a night on the piss - deep-fried Haggis from a chippie "does the job" but it's not in the same league as "proper" haggis.

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 12):
Cannae beat Haggis, tatties and neeps, sent down with a braw dram of Malt Whisky

Exactly. Delia missed out the main ingredient. Amateur!

I never tire of hearing people say how disgusting haggis is... until they actually try it! A decent haggis is a damn sight more tasty and nutritious than most boil-in-the-digestive-tract dishes!

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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like

Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:22 pm

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 17):
The smell is unlike anything on the planet.

Tastes okay, though. Frying it at home is out of bounds, in my opinion. The stench is pretty bad.


Haggis sounds like meatloaf in a stomach. Shouldn't be too bad. But tripe or black pudding both sound disgusting.
 
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RE: Have You Tasted Haggis?If Yes How Do You Like It?

Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:49 pm

Quoting David L (Reply 24):
Quoting NoelG (Reply 10):
Haggis is very similar to Black Pudding

Nah! it looks similar but the texture and taste aren't that similar.

It's actually closer to white pudding and not too dissimiar in taste. Haggis is delicious!

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