Homemade Haggis

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As a Scotsman living abroad, one of the things i miss most is haggis.

“you mean sheep guts in a stomach?”

Yes, Yes i do!

So browsing on the internet i discovered an “American” recipe for haggis for people who don’t have access to sheep’s insides. So i thought i’d give it a go.

The Ingredients
Beef Haggis Ingredients

I went to my local supermarket and picked up some stuff as close as to the recipe as i could. I think i did pretty well..

Chinchulines

Chinchulines otherwise known as intestines.

I couldn’t get a stomach, so i bought Chinchulines otherwise known as intestines. some people eat this… I have before its not horrible but its not great either. I think it will be perfect to encase the haggis.

Azotillo

Azotillo

Azotillo is a cheap cut of meat….. loads of fat on it.

Higado

Higado otherwise known as Liver

Higado is Liver….. Loads of blood and not very tasty looking.

Osobuco

Osobuco, Steak with bone marrow

Some nice steak with bone marrow.

Grasa Bovina

Grasa Bovina - Lard

And some lard….

Preparing the intestines.

The site said to Wash and place the intestines in warm water for an hour.

A bag of intestines

A bag of intestines

Opening a bag of intestines

Opening the bag of intestines

A sink full of intestines

A sink full of intestines

Lifting the intestines from the sink

Lifting the intestines from the sink

Intestines full of water

Intestines full of water

Draining water from the intestines

Draining water from the intestines

Lovely intestines

Lovely intestines

Soaking the intestines

Soaking the intestines

My cat loved the smell….. me not so much! It smelt quite disgusting.

The cat.

The cat.

More Preparation

Haggis usually has oatmeal in it…. I’ve not been able to find that but i did find a recipe that mentioned using toasted oats…. so hey although i’m not quite sticking to the recipe, i’ve already got no lamb in my haggis, toasted oats wont make much of a difference.

The oats

The oats

Toasting Oats

Toasting Oats

Plain and simple job of sticking the oats into an oven dish and toasting them.

Haggis also contains onion (and a few recipes mentioned garlic) so i cooked them in some butter.

Browning onions

Browning onions

Mixing the meat…..

Mow came the time to mix the Lard, Meat and Herbs together!

Lard in a mixing bowl

Lard in a mixing bowl

Adding Liver

Adding Liver

More Meat

More Meat

Adding Steak

and the steak

Adding the onion

and the onion

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the cat!

Lucky cat

Lucky cat

She got the leftover meat around the bone.

The Herbs

Now came the time to add those lovely herbs to make my haggis more haggis like!

One recipe called for Jamaican All Spice. Now this is impossible to come across here but a quick google says “Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, kurundu, myrtle pepper, pimenta. The name “allspice” was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.” Great! i can add cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and pepper.

Canela

Canela otherwise known as Cinnamon

Green pepper

Green pepper

I don’t have a photo of myself grating the nutmeg or adding the cloves so you’ll have to just trust me that i added it. It also said to add mustard powder which i don’t have….. i do have mustard seeds and mustard though!

Mustard seeds

Mustard seeds

Mustard

Mustard

Close enough!

Haggis mixture

Haggis mixture

Looks tasty no?

Next i was to mix all the herbs, raw meat and oats in a freezer bag and stick it in the freezer until it was “not frozen but solid”.
Not having any freezer bags i did the next best thing.

Haggis in a bag

Haggis in a bag

I placed it in a polybag from the local supermarket, shook it and shoved it in the freezer.

Grinding the meat

The recipe called for me to grind the mixture with a meat grinder and place it into a food mixer. Not having a grinder i also read that some people cut the meat up finely and place it in a food mixer so here goes!

Cutting liver

Cutting the liver

Mixing meat in a food mixer

Lard, Liver and Herbs

More meat in a food mixer

More meat in the food mixer

Its not looking the best is it. Still I’m not deterred although the recipes I’ve seen have no pictures through the process i do remember seeing a documentary about the Grants haggis company (who make great Haggis
by the way go buy some) and their mixture didn’t look like mine…. but it didn’t look great either.

So once all the meat has been added the next thing is to add some whisky (the recipe i was following said beer but it was one out of 100s so i went with whisky).

Teachers Highland Cream

Teachers Highland Cream

Black Bottle

Black Bottle

Not too hard to find… I added a bit of both as i thought that the highland cream wouldn’t be smokey enough, and i didn’t want to use all the black bottle.

So the result?

Haggis Meat paste

Haggis Meat paste

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM tasty!

Making the haggis

Now haggis isn’t haggis unless its placed in a sheeps stomach (or in this case placed in a cows intestine!)
You need to sew up one end of the intestine, i chose some nylon fishing line to do mine.

Nylon fishing line

Nylon fishing line

So lets stuff the haggis

Stuffing a haggis

Stuffing a haggis

One Haggis Stuffed

One Haggis Stuffed

Sewing the end of a haggis

Sewing the end of a haggis

2 Completed Haggis

2 Completed Haggis

The finished haggis

The finished haggis

4 lovely completed haggis!

I think it might be good too! The cat seems to like the leftovers….

Cat eating raw haggis

Cat eating raw haggis

So the only thing left to do its to cook it!

Click here to see the finished product

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  3. MoonHitler says:

    Huh…haggis is just mystery meat sausages…who’da thunkit?

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