5 traditional recipes to celebrate Burns Night in Scotland

family in winter clothes saying “cheers” over the dinner table.

Whether you actively celebrate it or just note it at this time of year, 25 January is, of course, the celebration of Scotland’s foremost poet, Robert Burns.

Burns penned the classic poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’, sung traditionally on New Year’s Eve by people all around the UK, as well as other famous works like ‘A Red, Red Rose’.

Not only that, but Robert Burns’ name is famously associated with some of the most delicious traditional recipes that have become synonymous with the evening.

Without further ado, here are five traditional recipes you can make at home to celebrate Burns Night.

1. Baked haggis

Haggis is, of course, one of Scotland’s most famous dishes. It is also one of the simplest dishes to cook; sourcing good haggis is the most important step in this recipe.

Visit your local butcher for a delicious serving of haggis, then follow this easy recipe from BBC Good Food to bake your haggis to perfection.

If you’re feeling brave, you could go even further with the Burns Night tradition by reciting Burns’ poem ‘Address to a Haggis’ at the table!

2. Clootie dumpling

A pudding recipe that harks back to truly traditional Scottish cooking, the very smell of a clootie dumpling will likely ignite nostalgia in anyone who grew up in Scotland.

Although it takes around four hours to complete, most of the clootie dumpling cooking time is spent in the oven.

Make sure you leave enough time, buy in some custard or ice cream to serve, and follow a traditional recipe to make the perfect clootie dumpling for Burns Night.

3. Cranachan

Although, traditionally, cranachan was invented as a celebration of the June raspberry harvest in Scotland, it has fast become a Burns Night favourite.

Comprised of raspberries, whisky, something sweet (either sugar or honey), cream, and oats, this delicious pudding is sure to put a smile on your Burns Night guests’ faces.

You can find a traditional cranachan recipe online or consult a Scottish recipe book.

4. Neeps and tatties

Made up of delicious root vegetables, butter, and any seasoning you desire, neeps and tatties is the ideal addition to a Burns Night main course.

This one-pot recipe couldn’t be easier and takes under an hour to make from start to finish. Consult a recipe if you need to or go from memory – this hearty winter mash is forgiving and delicious.

5. Cullen skink

If haggis isn’t your thing, or you want to serve up multiple main courses at your Burns Night feast, Cullen skink is a great choice.

This traditional Scottish fish dish was invented in the 1980s, when meat was hard to find and Cullen harbour, situated in north-east Scotland, was a thriving port.

This steamy, herb-filled haddock soup will warm the cockles of your heart any night of the year. Plus, it takes only an hour to cook.

If your Burns Night isn’t complete without Cullen skink on the table, find a recipe online and get cooking.

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