This week’s post will cover some Scottish staples. There’s a lot of Scottish culinary delights to try, here are some of the ones I’ve tried so far.

Shortbread:

Scottish shortbread is a must-try. It’s eaten for dessert or with tea. It is essentially a thick cookie with a buttery, yet not too sweet taste. These things creep up on you and you’ll snacking through half a box if you’re not careful. I definitely see why these treats have become a staple here and will be bringing some home for my family to try. 

Shortbread

Irn Bru:

Trying to describe Irn Bru makes me think how one would describe the flavor of Coke to someone who hasn’t ever drank it before. It’s not like you can name a specific fruit flavor or something. Irn bru is a quintessentially Scottish soda that’s bright orange and a taste that is best described as bubblegum-like. The aftertaste is slightly tangy. Coming from the US, it’s a strange flavor to have in a drinkable form. I think it is definitely an acquired taste.

Haggis:

Haggis is ground lung, heart, and lung from a sheep or a pig mixed with various spices, suet, and oatmeal. It has the consistency of a soft sausage. Traditionally, it is served as part of breakfast, or a main for a holiday dinner, with neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes). There are loads of variations of haggis. It is put in everything from pies to burgers. So far I’ve had it as part of breakfast, in a pie, and on a burger (see Braemar post). Personally, I prefer it when it’s combined with another meat or in a pie. 

Haggis Burger

Black Pudding 

This is a type of blood sausage served as part of a breakfast spread traditionally. It’s served in a patty form or alongside ground haggis (pictured below).

A heavy-duty version of a Scottish Breakfast

Tatties:

Tatties are Doric for potatoes. These are served usually mashed potato style along with turnips aka “neeps.”

Mince Pies:

Mince pies are meat pies. They are served warm and typically part of Christmas meals, though they are served year round. They are somewhat sweet and salty.

Deep Fried Mars Bar:

Deep fried Mars bars are found in loads of chip shops, but were invented in Stonehaven at a local fish and chip shop. These nuggets of chocolatey fried joy are a decadent sweet, yet salty treat. The shell of the bars is quite thick and makes for a satisfying crunch.

Next month, stay tuned for updates from my trip to the Isle of Skye, newly discovered reads, and more!