Easy, Traditional Haggis, Tatties and Neeps Recipe

Haggis, Tatties and Neeps Recipe
Haggis, Tatties and Neeps Recipe. VisitScotland/ScottishViewpoint.
  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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There can be no Burns night supper without a dish of traditional haggis, tatties, and neeps. The haggis makes or breaks this recipe, so make sure you buy a good quality Haggis, be it a traditional meat or a vegetarian one.

Confused by the name? Tatties is the familiar Scottish term for potatoes and neeps is the term for turnips.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lb. haggis
  • 1 1/4 lb. potatoes (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1 1/4 lb. turnips (peeled, roughly chopped)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (grated)
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

Always check the instructions on your shop bought haggis carefully. These are just guidelines, it will also depend on whether you are using a meat Haggis or a vegetarian version. Cooking times vary.

  1. Cook the haggis first by placing the haggis in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cover the pan with a lid, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 40 mins per 1 pound (or 450 grams)
  1. While the haggis cooks, cook the potatoes and turnips.

For the Potatoes:

  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt, cover the pan with a lid. Bring the potatoes to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until tender (approximately 20 minutes).
  2. Drain the potatoes and keep to one side.
  3. Add half of the butter and half the milk to the pan the potatoes were cooked in.
  4. Melt the butter and warm the milk, add the cooked potatoes and mash.
  5. Add the nutmeg and stir well to create a smooth, creamy mash.

For the Turnips:

  1. Place the turnips in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of salt, cover the pan with a lid. Bring the turnips to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until tender (approximately 20 minutes).
  2. Drain the turnips and keep to one side.
  3. Add half of the butter and half the milk to the pan the turnips were cooked in.
  4. Melt the butter and warm the milk, add the cooked turnips and mash.

To Serve:

Once cooked remove the haggis from the water. Place on a serving dish and cut it open with scissors or a knife and serve with the tatties and neeps.