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Budget-friendly buys and haggis recipes for Burns night - from brunch to sausage rolls

Celebrate Burns night and beyond with these haggis recipes from Gary Maclean.

Published: January 22, 2021
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Scotland's national chef Gary Maclean has created three family-friendly recipes to help Scots celebrate Burns Night with a twist, all using Lidl's haggis, which is available for 99p.

From a Burns Brunch to family-favourite sausage rolls, each of the three recipes is easy to make and showcases the versatility of the inexpensive, humble haggis.

Haggis & Sweet Potato Sausage Rolls

This simple recipe uses pre-made frozen pastry, all you have to do is remove it from the freezer the evening before and roll out on the day. A definite freezer staple!

Serves: 6 (3 large sausage rolls)
Ingredients
  • 340g frozen puff pastry
  • 200g Lidl Donald & Sons Haggis (99p per pack)
  • 3 x Lidl Deluxe pork sausages (sold in pack of 6)
  • 2 x Shallots chopped
  • 100g x Sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 x Egg Yolk
  • Cooking oil
  • Tomato ketchup

Method

Remove the puff pastry from the freezer the night before and allow to defrost in the fridge.

On the day, peel and dice the sweet potato and finally chop the shallots

In a pan add a little oil and bring to a medium heat, add the chopped shallots and the diced sweet potato and slowly
cook.

Once the shallots have gone translucent and the sweet potato is almost cooked remove from the heat.

Remove the sausage meat from their skins and pop into a bowl with the haggis, once the shallot and sweet potato mix has cooled add to the bowl also.

Mix well.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan assisted).

Next break your egg and separate the yolk from the white and whisk.

Roll out your pastry thinly and cut into 3 x 10cm x 10cm strips.

Weigh out approx. 3 x 150g of your sausage mix and shape into a long cylinder and place lengthwise at along an edge of each section of pastry.

Brush the exposed part of the pastry with the egg yolk, next roll the pastry over the sausage meat and roll up, making sure you create a tight roll. Repeat for the other sheets of pastry.

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Pop your sausage rolls onto a lightly oiled tray and pop in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Remove your tray from the fridge, brush your sausage rolls with the remaining egg yolk.

Using a sharp knife score the top of the sausage rolls.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Divide each sausage roll in two and serve with tomato ketchup.

Haggis Koftas with Mint Yogurt recipe 

Haggis is such a versatile ingredient and great value for money.
Here we’re adding a Scottish twist to traditional koftas to create a simple recipe that can be served with salad and pitta breads for DIY kebabs.
Serves: 4 (2 x koftas per serving)
Ingredients
  • 1 x Lidl Donald & Sons Haggis (454g) (99p)
  • 500g x pork mince
  • 2 x Onions, grated
  • 6 x Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp x Dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp x Ground cumin
  • 1 x Egg
  • 1 x handful flat leaf parsley, shredded
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 x Bamboo skewers, soaked in water, this stops them burning
  • 200g Greek yogurt
  • 1 x handful mint, shredded
Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan assisted).

Grate the onions, crush the garlic and shred the handful of parsley.

Place the pork mince and Haggis into a bowl along with the grated onions, garlic, chilli flakes, ground cumin, shredded parsley, egg, 1 teaspoon of salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

Mix together well with your hands until the mixture has bound together.

Divide the mixture into 8 and mould it each portion into long sausage shapes around the drained bamboo skewers.

Brush the kofta generously with oil and place onto a tray.

Cook for 10 minutes, turning them now and then, until browned all over and cooked through.

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Meanwhile, mix your yogurt with the shredded mint and a pinch of ground cumin and mix.

Serve with a side salad of your choice and pitta breads.

Haggis, Diced Garlic Potatoes with Poached Eggs recipe

Haggis isn’t just for Burns supper, it's also perfect for brunch. This recipe can be whipped up
with minimal prep and will be a simple showstopper that the whole family will enjoy.
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 x Lidl Donald & Sons Haggis (454g) (99p)
  • 400g x potatoes, diced (Maris Piper work perfectly)
  • 2 x Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 4 x Eggs
  • 60ml x White vinegar
  • 1 x handful flat leaf parsley, shredded
Method

Dice the potatoes into roughly 1cm cubes and place the potato into a frying pan and fry until golden and crisp.

Next crumble in the haggis and cook until it starts to crisp up, then add the crushed garlic and cook out for a couple of minutes.

In the meantime it’s time to poach your eggs.

There are various methods, my advice is to keep it simple with soft boiling water and a touch of vinegar and put each egg into a ramiken to transfer into the water, this will help keep the eggs shape together.

Poach for 3-4 minutes for a perfect runny egg.

The last thing to add is the shredded flat parsley to the hash mix.

Split this mixture into four dishes and then pop a poached egg on top of each serving.

What's in the shops?

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With Burns Night fast approaching, Lidl recently unveiled its range of food and drink from Scotland’s best producers launching in-store on 21 January, with prices starting at just 99p.

For a traditional Burns supper at home, Donald & Sons XXL Haggis (1.1kg) will feed the whole family for £2.59, a haggis for two is 99p, and Vegetarian Haggis from Hall’s comes in at £1.49.

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For those that want to try something a little different, Cosmo’s Haggis Pizza combines two household favourites (£2.29) and Bell’s Steak & Haggis Pies (99p for two) are the perfect alternative.

For Burns-inspired treats, the Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company has launched a Whisky Malt Flavoured Coffee (£2.49) and Mackie’s much-loved Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Crisps are back (99p).

To toast Scotland’s national Bard, Lidl’s award-winning Ben Bracken whisky range includes single malts from Islay, Speyside and the Highlands for £16.49.

With a long-standing commitment to Scotland’s food and drink industry, Lidl boasts over 400 products from over 60 Scottish suppliers all year-round.

Aldi have also launched their Burns night range, with prices also starting from 99p.

The supermarket has partnered with some of its top local suppliers, including Simon Howie, McIntosh of Strathmore and We hae meat, to bring the best of Scotland’s larder to your Burns table this month.

Customers can pick up everything they need for a traditional Burns supper, including haggis, neeps and tatties to feed a family up to six for only £3.12.

Comfortably feeding two to three adults, Aldi’s best-selling Macaulay’s Haggis (454g) is available in store every day and customers can choose from the traditional meat option or a vegetarian alternative for only 99p.

Traditional veg to accompany the haggis are included in the weekly super six deal at the supermarket.

Less traditional items include haggis en croute, jumbo haggis pigs in blankets, Simon Howie bon bons and a haggis pakora platter.

Aldi's whisky offering includes the award winning Highland Black 8-Year-Old Scotch Whisky (£14.00, 70cl) and Glen Marnoch Islay, Speyside and Highland Single Malt Whiskies (£16.49, 70cl).

Over at Tesco, Clubcard customers can pick up some bargain whiskies with deals on brands such as Bowmore, The Naked Grouse and Whyte & MacKay.

 

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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