Scotland has ever been glorified in photography, literature, paintings, and so on, and it is especially famous for its diverse food culture. The influences of Scottish food are many, and now we share with you a few of those items that you need to know when we find you here – indeed as a food lover! Go through the list and know the secrets of the unique cuisine of Scotland.
1. Haggis – Famous 16th Century Hogmanay Sheep-Stomach Sausage
What is it: This is an old sausage preparation from Scotland, and the national dish of the country, with references of the dish being found in even classic medieval writings. The quintessential dish is prepared from the stomach of sheep that has been stuffed with diced sheep lungs, tongue, heart, and liver. The addition of onion, suet, oatmeal, along with other seasonings makes the dish even spicier. Haggis is usually sold in a semi-cooked state and needs to be simmer-cooked for a couple of hours before consuming. However, the vegan or vegetarian mushroom- or bean-based haggis is also very much available. Though some find the popular dish gross, this common dish tops the list of traditional menus served during the seasonal Scottish celebrations like St. Andrew’s Day, and ‘Hogmanay’ (the Scottish New Year Eve), etc.
What does it taste like: The dish has a typical flavor that only food experimenters would cherish. However, the dried herbs, pepper, onion and other spices positively contribute to the smell and aroma of the dish. It is usually served along with neeps, a traditional root vegetable from the country, as well as mashed potatoes, and a whiskey sauce.
2. Raspberry Cranachan – Traditional Scottish Dessert for a Party Menu
What is it: This is a delicious treat after a meal, made with Scottland’s own drink – Scotch whiskey, cream, honey, and of course, raspberries. This Christmas-color dish is often served at Xmas parties, as also, at the end of get-togethers, or wedding dinner party buffets.
What does it taste like: The flavor, in one word, is fantastic, especially if you plan to enjoy it after a spicy and tangy dinner. Tastes best when eaten cold.
3. Cock-a-Leekie Soup – Dinner-Starter Dish for Scottish Christmas
What is it: The dish is called ‘Scotland’s National Soup’. This Scottish soup dish is prepared with peppered chicken stock and leeks. The consistency is often thickened adding rice or barley. The soup has its many vegetarian versions, which usually use meat substitutes, prunes, along with leeks and assorted vegetables.
What does it taste like: The soup has a very mild flavor, especially the smell of prunes and leeks has an excellent aroma, along with the scent of chicken.
4. Scottish Kedgeree – Fish & Rice Dish with Asian Sub-continental Influence
What is it: This is, again, a ubiquitous breakfast dish, and is made with pre-cooked and smoked fish (especially haddock), cooked rice, eggs, parsley,
curry powder, cream or butter, etc.
What does it taste like: The aroma of smoked fish goes too well with the rice and eggs. The other spices, herbs, and garnish add to its flavor.
5. Rumbledethumps – Healthy Vegetarian Baked Dish
What is it: The main ingredients of this dish are potatoes, cabbage, and onions. The item practically originated in the Scottish Borders.
What does it taste like: The excellent flavor of fresh vegetables smells great with cheese, butter, and other additions. The dish is also healthy, and of course, easy to digest. If you would prefer the vegan way, you can also order for a vegan cheese substitute.
6. Traditional Scottish Tablets – A Favorite Confection for Adults & Kids
What is it: The sweet snack menu is an interesting one in the sense that, it is loved by all – children to the older people. This finger food will surely knock you down with your childhood nostalgia for candies. The tablets are semi-hard confections made from condensed milk, butter, and sugar, and then crystallized.
What does it taste like: This one item you can surely get in any common junk food store or confectionery. You would wonder as to how the classic smell of dehydrated milk can go so well with just sugar and butter!
7. Stovies – Classic Comfort Food of the Scotts
What is it: This is another staple appetizer dish of the country, the base of which is primarily meat and potatoes. However, the recipes for preparing, as also the spices used, differ significantly. However, the permanent ingredients like potatoes, sausages, roast and minced meat remain the same. It can be consumed either as a starter, or an accompanying side dish in the main course.
What does it taste like: The baked smell of various spices and potatoes along with the pre-roasted meat gives this dish its unique flavor.
8. Scotch Lamb Broth – Stewed Mutton Dish with Vegetables
What is it: Scotch broth is now available everywhere in the world, but basically originated in Scotland, still being one of their specialties. But, to get the original taste, you have to try this out one. The primary ingredients are barley, different lamb cuts, some root vegetables, and dried pulses.
What does it taste like: The enigmatic taste of pulses was never so beautiful with meat and vegetables together. You will surely understand the difference.
9. Scottish Bannock – A Classic, Common Quick-Bread
What is it: Bannock is a type of flat bread from Scotland (though there are other variations as well), and is prepared in a skillet from a dough of grain flour. It is usually served after cutting the bread into smaller sections and can be consumed with any vegetarian or non-veg item.
What does it taste like: The real flavor of bannock can only be understood when eaten hot, and of course, as an accompaniment with your favorite dish. It may also be eaten with butter and honey right after baking.
10. Partan Bree – Seafood Soup from Old Scottland
What is it: This dish is also a very ancient one, since the time of the Gaelic people, and at present, is one of the most favorite soup delicacies of the island nation. The main ingredients of this soup are crab and rice, along with a long list of other spices and herbs.
What does it taste like: The dish has a tangy, hot and sour taste, while the wonderful scent of blue crabs acts as the primary attraction of this age-old soup.
11. Dundee Cake – Traditional Baked Dish with Fruits
What is it: As the name suggests, the cake was created in Dundee, Scotland. Basically, this is a traditional fruitcake favorite to the Scotts and is often prepared in gatherings – from tea parties to fests.
What does it taste like: The cake has a tender texture, while the addition of choicest fruits like almonds currants, and sultanas has contributed to its appealing taste.
12. Clootie Dumpling – Boil-cooked Pudding Dish
What is it: This pudding dish is unique in the sense that, it is prepared by tying all the mixed ingredients in a piece of cloth, and then boiled in water.
What does it taste like: Like most puddings, the dish is tender and smooth. However, the combined flavor of raisins, bread, mixed spices and dried currants are the main attraction of this dessert dish.
13. Scottish Porridge – Authentic Household Breakfast Dish
What is it: This common Scottish dish can begin your day in a very healthy way. Like all other porridge dishes of the world, this is also a favorite breakfast dish and is indeed easy to digest.
What does it taste like: The mildly salty taste with a sweet syrup is bound to give you an extra boost-up early morning with the fantastic flavor of fresh oats cooked in milk.
14. Deep Fried Mars Bar – Lip-smacking Fast Food for Everyone
What is it: This is a trendy side dish especially at the tea/coffee outlets, and you would get it delivered within 5-10 minutes of placing the order. The concept of the deep-fried chocolate bar is unique, and is dear to all, from youngsters to adults.
What does it taste like: As you bite through the crispy envelope and reach the soft chocolate inside, both its exotic flavor and texture will captivate your mind.
This list should undoubtedly have quenched your thirst to know the Scottish cuisine better. Now, as you know about these dishes, plan a trip quickly in the historic island country of Scotland – the Gaelic realms of the ‘Solitary Reaper’ and ‘Mary, the Queen of Scotts’!