A traditional haggis consists of lamb, beef, oatmeal, onions and special seasoning. Good to eat at any time but the essential dish for a Burns Night supper.
The exact historical origins of this great national dish appear to have been lost in the mists of time. Some claim that the dish originates from the days of the old Scottish cattle drovers, when the men would leave the Highlands to drive their cattle to market in Edinburgh and the women would prepare a ‘ready meal’ for them to eat on the long journey through the glens. Others have speculated that the first haggis was carried to Scotland aboard a Viking longboat.
Yet another theory ties the dish to pre-historic origins, as a way of cooking and preserving offal that would otherwise quickly spoil following a hunt. This was done by dicing the ‘pluck’ and then stuffing this and whatever other ingredients were available into the stomach, immersing the bundle in the water contained within the skin of the beast and then boiling for an hour or two. Nice and tidy, no washing-up required!
Haggis at Turnbull's Northumbrian Food
Turnbull's Haggis is our Northumbrian Take on the Scottish Classic. Our haggis has already been cooked and simply need to be baked, steamed or microwaved until it is piping hot.
You can get everything you will need for Burns Night with our Burns Night Supper Box.
The Haggis and Burns Night
Burns Night is a celebration of Poet, Robbie Burns. Know as 'Burn's Supper', these feasts are held on the poet’s birthday, 25th January. A Burn's Supper traditionally consists of; Haggis, Scotch Whiskey and readings of Burns’ poetry. He famously wrote: “Address to a Haggis” which names the Haggis as “Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!”
The Haggis name origins
The name ‘haggis’ is probably Scandinavian in origin. The Swedish ‘hugga’ and the Icelandic ‘hoggva’, mean to cut or chop. The connections between Scotland and Scandinavia between the 9th and 15th centuries were especially strong, and it seems likely that haggis could have become established in Scotland during this period.