The best Scottish recipes to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day
The 30th of November marks St. Andrew’s Day, a national holiday in Scotland. Although not everyone gets the day off, in Scotland the day is often spent remembering traditions and indulging in traditional Scottish ‘scran’.
We have come up with a list of classic Scottish dishes that can act as inspiration for your St. Andrew’s Day celebrations:
Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties
While some people are said to believe that a haggis is a wild animal that roams the Scottish Highlands, using its legs of unequal length to climb across the steep hillsides, it is in fact a mixture of sheep offal, onions, oatmeal, and seasoning. It is often treated like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Haggis is ordinarily served with ‘neeps and tatties’, in other words, mashed turnip and potatoes. It is even coined by many as the national dish of Scotland. And in a stereotypical Scottish fashion, it is often washed down with a dram of whisky.
Cullen is a small town in Northeast Scotland and the home of one of Scotland’s most famous dishes – Cullen skink. It is a hearty soup made up of smoked haddock, potatoes, and onions, also commonly known as smoked haddock chowder. It is no surprise that a warming bowl of soup is a Scottish favourite – it’s just what you need in the cold, wet weather that Scotland is known for!
Another favourite Scottish soup is cock-a-leekie and the recipe dates back to the 18th century. The traditional recipe consists of chicken, leeks, and peppered chicken stock and is sometimes thickened with rice or barley. It is assumed that the recipe originated as chicken and onion soup in France, but once the recipe reached Scotland, the onions were replaced with leeks. As with many simple recipes, people tend to put their own spin on it, often adding bacon or prunes depending on whether you prefer it sweet or salty.
Tattie scones are very different to the ones we associate with cream teas! They are a type of flatbread made from potatoes and griddled on a pan – very easy, quick to make, and a clever way to use up leftover mashed potato. They are a delicious snack, warm with a spread of butter on the top but they are mostly known for accompanying a full Scottish breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, and Lorne sausage.
You can’t celebrate St. Andrew’s Day without a dessert! Often named the ‘king of Scottish desserts’, Cranachan is a celebration of raspberries, layering red raspberry puree with whipped cream, flavoured with whisky and honey. Toasted oats on the top add some texture and a subtle nutty taste. Traditionally, the dish used to be made with crowdie, a soft, fresh cheese made from cow’s milk.
We hope these Scottish recipes will give you some inspiration for your St Andrew’s Day celebrations, and ‘haste ye back’ if you’re looking for more recipe inspiration.