Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish are cooking up a storm to mark the release of their new programme.

The Outlander stars co-hosted a cook along with Tony Singh ahead of the launch of their new show, Men in Kilts.

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham is a docuseries that sees the Outlander stars and friends take a trip across Scotland.

The aim of the show is to educate viewers – and themselves – about the rich history of their homeland, visiting battle sites and other iconic landmarks across the country.

Teasers from the programme have been shared on social, and as well as history and chat, fans have seen the actors enjoy a dram or two of whisky.

With the premiere due on Valentine’s day (Sunday 14 February) on Starz in the US, the Outlander duo marked the occasion with a cook along with celebrated Edinburgh chef Tony Singh.

What’s cooking & how to get involved 

The ingredients for the cook along have been shared on the Men in Kilts twitter page.

Sam Heughan also shared a recipe that’ll feature on the cook along, on his Instagram stories.

The recipe is for shortbread hearts – a fitting sweet treat to celebrate both Valentine’s day and Scotland.

The recipe

4 ½ oz (127g) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
¼ cup (32g) of sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 ⅓ cup (171g) of plain flour


Put the butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blitz until combined.

Add the flour and pulse briefly until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

Pour the mixture onto a work surface, gently bring it together, and then knead it into a dough.

Once the dough is formed, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes — preheat the oven to 325 F (160 c).

Once the dough is chilled, lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough until it is about ⅛ inch thick.

Use a two to three-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to stamp out 16 biscuits, re-rolling the trimmings as necessary.

Place the biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Then use a fork to make a few lines of holes in the centre of each biscuit. Chill for 10 minutes.

Once chilled, bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Remove the shortbread from the oven and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Allow to cool on a baking sheet for 10 minutes.


As the Men in Kilts will premiere on Valentine’s Day on Starz in the US, the docuseries will be broadcast in the UK the following day, on Monday 15 February.


Fans of the show and budding cooks can watch the cook along ahead of the series launch, at 9pm (GMT), 4pm Eastern and 1pm Pacific Time on Facebook and YouTube.

Watch the cook along


Scran season 2: Talking whisky with Outlander star Sam Heughan

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Rosalind Erskine

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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