20 of the Best Scottish Recipes

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    Great Scottish Food

    Scottish treats
    Great Scottish Food. Stuart Stevenson photography / Getty Images

    This Gaelic saying so neatly sums up the attitude to food in Scotland "S mairg a ni tarcuis air biadh - he who has contempt for food is a fool."  That love and enjoyment of the vast range of both traditional and modern Scottish food can so easily be seen in these 20 of the favourite  Scottish recipes.

    Haggis, porridge and whisky are just a few of the foods the Scots have learnt over the years to make the best use of the offerings nature handed to them from rugged mountains, lakes, sea...MORE lochs and streams, to fertile valleys and moorlands.

    Scottish food is steeped not just in the landscape but in the history and heritage of the country, which though part of the United Kingdom, still maintains its unique identity which you will find in the following pages. 

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    All About Haggis

    Haggis for a Burns Night Supper. Getty

    Haggis is not merely for Burns Night or that odd looking slice on the breakfast plate, but a true traditional dish of Scotland loved at eaten there and in many parts of the world now.

    Haggis is made from sheep pluck (the often discarded parts such as lungs, heart, etc.)  minced, is mixed with oatmeal, suet, seasonings then stuffed into the sheep's stomach, sewn and cooked. The meat and the method may sound off-putting, but the combination of ingredients are delicious which you simply must...MORE try. 

    Buying, Preparing and Cooking Haggis

    and Haggis is the meat in that most famous of Scottish recipes

    Haggis, Tatties and Neeps 

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    A Bowl of Scottish Porridge

    Scottish Porridge
    Bowl of Scottish Porridge.

    Discover the healthy and nutritious Scottish breakfast dish of porridge. The use of oatmeal in this recipe is one of the healthiest starts to the day. Long slow-release carbohydrate will sustain from breakfast through to lunchtime.
    Real porridge should be cooked in a pan and stirred with a wooden spurtle (stick).

    Super Healthy Traditional Scottish Porridge Recipe 

    Brief History of Porridge Oats

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    Tattie Scones

    Tattie Scones. Tastyart Ltd Rob White - Getty

    Tattie Scones are a traditional part of a full Scottish breakfast and are sometimes also called Potato scones; you may also hear them called fadge or potato bread in Ireland. They are quick and easy to make and are a useful way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Perfect for a breakfast plate and any other time of day to be honest. 

    Tattie Scones Recipe

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    Cullen Skink Recipe

    Cullen Skink Recipe. Getty

    Cullen is a small town in Northeast of Scotland and the home of one of Scotland’s most famous dishes, Cullen Skink. It is a hearty soup and traditionally made with Finnan haddock (smoked haddock), potatoes and onions. Cullen Skink recipe is also known as Smoked Haddock Chowder in other parts of Britain. 

    Cullen Skink Recipe

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    Cock a Leekie Soup Recipe

    Chicken and Leek Soup - Cock-a-Leekie.

    Cock a Leekie Soup is essentially a peasant dish and has many regional variations, and some of these go back centuries, revealing just how important this dish is to Scottish Food.

    There are recipes with chopped grilled bacon, others with use beef stock or Jamaican Pepper, some even with stewed prunes in the finished dish thanks to French gourmet, Talleyrand.

    Whichever choice you make this easy recipe from Ronnie Clydesdale of the Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow is a sure-fire winner. 

    Cock-a-Leekie...MORE Recipe

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    Scottish Stovies

    Scottish stovies
    Traditional Scottish Stovies. Elaine Lemm

    Ask 100 Scots for a traditional Stovies recipe and you will get 100 different answers, everyone has their own version (and of course theirs will be the best). 

    Stovie means "bits from the stove" which is all the leftover bits ​from a Sunday Roast. Not that you have to be restricted to the pickings from your Sunday lunch; Stovies can also be made using a tin of corned beef or some cooked minced beef or sausages. 

    Traditional Stovies Recipe

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    Rumbledethumps Recipe

    Scottish Rumbledethumps. GettyImages-605396583

    You just have to love this cheeky name which in no way explains what it is, but it is still fun. A dish of Rumbledethumps is the Scottish way of using up the leftover mash and other vegetables to create a hearty, sustaining side dish (or you can eat this on its own). So easy to do, you will, like me, fall in love with it.

    Rumbledethumps Recipe    

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    Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

    Home Made Scottish Oatcakes. Getty

     Oatcakes are to Scotland what a baguette is to the French. The flat cakes made mainly from oats have for centuries been considered the Scottish national bread. They are quick and easy to make and make a delicious snack or accompaniment to cheese.

    Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

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    Scottish Shortbread Recipe

    Scottish Shortbread. Getty

    Though Shortbread is traditionally eaten on New Year's Eve, this shortbread recipe is too good to save; eat it year-round! 

     Scottish Shortbread recipe

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    Tipsy Laird Recipe

    Tipsy Laird Trifle. Getty

    Tipsy Laird is essentially the same as Trifle, the pudding that has graced British tables for centuries and also traditionally served on Burn's Night. 

    Tipsy Laird Recipe

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    Scottish Cranachan Recipe

    Scottish Cranachan. Getty

     Two versions of this delightful Scottish dessert.

    The Traditional Scottish Cranachan

    and a Strawberry Cranachan 

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    Scottish Tablet Recipe

    Scottish Tablet. Getty

    Tablet is not for the faint-hearted, if you are not a massive sugar fan, then you might want to give this a miss. If you love sugar, then truly, this is for you.

    Scottish Tablet Recipe

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    Clootie Dumpling

    Scottish Clootie Dumpling. Getty

    This hearty pudding is very much at the heart of Scottish celebrations including both  Hogmanay, or Burn's Night Supper.


    Clootie Dumpling Recipe

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    Dundee Cake Recipe

    Traditional Dundee Cake Recipe. Getty

    What can be called a Scottish Christmas cake (though it is eaten year round) is a traditional Dundee cake, easily identified by the almond decoration.

    Dundee Cake Recipe 

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    Arbroath Smokies

    Arbroath Smokies. Getty

    Not so much a recipe, but no list of favourite Scottish foods is complete without mention of the Smokie. 

    All About Arbroath Smokies