Traditional Scottish Recipes with a Modern Twist!
Scotland is the perfect place for a hearty meal, after all, you need fuel for the colder months and for adventuring over the hills. While you’re visiting the country you should definitely soak up some of the local delicacies! Some of the World’s best chefs come from Scotland - hello, Gordon Ramsay! So, we’ve compiled a list of traditional Scottish recipes that have a modern twist to get your taste buds flowing. You never know, maybe you’ll be inspired and create a whole new recipe of your own!
1. Vamp up your oats!
The Scots love a good breakfast and what is better than some home-made, warm from the stove porridge? This is an easy recipe and it will keep you full until lunch. With only water, salt and oats you can make your perfect, Scottish breakfast in under ten minutes. However, you can vamp it up with toppings of your choice, why not chop up some fruit for a healthier option, or add a spoonful of nutella for the chocolate lover in your life! Head to BBC Good Food for some more inspiration, here.
2. Haggis doesn’t just go with neeps and tatties!
Many visitors come to Scotland either desperate to try it or can’t even stomach the thought of it, yes, we’re talking about haggis! If you’re not a fan of hearty food and don’t fancy trying it with neeps and tatties, don’t panic, some creative people have come up with some delicious haggis-based recipes that are suitable even for a hot summer’s day! Family created business and haggis extraordinaire's MacSweens have an array of recipes from haggis nachos, cheeseballs and even spag bol! Check them out here.
3. Spice up your stovies
Another classic Scottish main course, stovies! An easy one-pot dish, there is no set way to make stovies since it is made differently in every part of Scotland. The only important ingredients are potatoes, onions and salt and pepper. It is often made from leftovers on days with limited cooking time. Nevertheless, it is a delicious meal that you can alter to your desire, you can even spruce it up with some spices. Alter this classic recipe and put your own stamp on your stovies!
4. Tattie scone toppings
There is really no bad time to have a tattie scone, have it as part of a full Scottish breakfast, or lunch with poached eggs and avocado, afternoon tea with butter and jam, or dinner with some Scottish salmon - it really is a diverse food! Make your tattie scone your own no matter what you’re in the mood for. Follow this recipe to get you started, then twist it up with your own accompaniments!
5. Black pudding gets cheesy!
The black pudding from Stornoway is pretty famous in Scotland and you’re able to get your hands on it across the country. Perfect in a Scottish breakfast, a toastie and even on a classic dish that’s loved across the world - macaroni cheese! Follow this recipe to give your black pudding a modern stamp.
6. Cracking cranachan with a twist
For pudding, we have Cranachan on the menu, a dessert that is normally only served on special occasions like birthdays or Burn’s Night. The whipped cream with whisky flavour infused with honey on top of raspberries and roasted oats creates a nice harmony of flavours. This quick and easy dessert is the perfect summer treat and your family will love it! However, you can give it a modern makeover and make this classic Scottish dish have a French twist by trying out this Cranachan Parfait!