Burns Night menu and haggis recipes – what to eat on January 25 – The SunJanuary 25, 2021
SCOTS are celebrating Burns Night tonight, Monday, January 25 2021 to honour Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns.
Here’s what you can cook for supper on Burns Night to mark what would have been his 261st birthday.
What do you cook for Burns Night Supper?
The Burns supper is a celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
To mark the occasion, there is a hearty feast on offer which is made up of haggis, neeps and tatties and copious amounts of whisky.
There are usually several toasts throughout the evening, with the night ending with guests holding hands singing Auld Lang Syne.
The celebration centres on the entrance of the haggis – a type of sausage prepared using a sheep's stomach stuffed with its own heart, liver and lungs – which is traditionally brought in to the sound of bagpipes.
The dish comes out after the soup course, which is a traditional Scotch broth or cock-a-leekie soup.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s what at the Burns supper:
- Haggis: This is the heart of any Burns Night feast. This Scottish dish is made from the minced heart, liver and lungs of a sheep bulked out with oatmeal, onions, suet, seasoning and spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled before serving, and has the texture of a crumbling sausage.
- Neeps & Tatties: This dish is the traditional accompaniment to haggis. It is basically boiled and mashed potatoes and turnips or swedes.
- Buttered leeks: Leeks are often cooked down with thyme and butter for a simple but flavourful side dish.