5 Great Scottish Foods We Need in Our Lives

It’s important for all of us to widen our palate when it comes to our diet. It’s not always easy, especially if we’ve got picky children, but this is why it pays to slowly introduce our children to recipes from all around the world. When it comes to Scotland, there are a number of different types of foods that you can introduce, so let’s show you some of them. 

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Shortbread

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Shortbread is a lovely little cookie or biscuit, as per UK parlance, that is one of Scotland’s great little treats. If you ever go on vacation to Scotland, you will find a pack of light buttery biscuits in your hotel room, but the great thing is that you can make your own at home. This shortbread cookie recipe is incredibly easy to make, and if you are thinking of doing some baking over Christmas or new year, this traditional Scottish street is commonly served around these times of year, and in Scotland, new year, also known as Hogmanay, is a massive occasion, so make sure that you make the most of it.

Scotch Broth

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Mini meals around the United Kingdom tend to be variations on a theme. Scotch Broth is a rich and hearty soup made from stewing meat, barley, and a variety of pulses and vegetables. The great thing is that it’s incredibly open to interpretation, as long as it’s a hearty meal, and goes fantastic with some crusty bread. If you are stuck for time, you can put a recipe like this in the slow cooker and let it do its thing while you are out for the day. 

Porridge

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Known as oatmeal to you and me, porridge is a staple on breakfast tables, and in Scotland, even more so. It’s simple to make with milk water and oats, but you also add a little bit of sea salt to refine the taste. You can also sweeten it up if you want, with jam, fruit, sugar, or honey. 

Neeps and Tatties

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Neeps and tatties which is haggis served alongside turnips (known as neeps) and potatoes (tatties). You can also swap the turnip for swede, and mash it all up with some cracked pepper and butter. If you are thinking about celebrating Burns night in February, the day that celebrates the Scottish poet of Robbie Burns, this is a great way to do it. 

Haggis

We couldn’t go without talking about haggis because it is the most widely known Scottish food. However, it can be off-putting to many people because the ingredients contain liver, lungs, and heart of the sheep, and may not appear so healthy, especially if you are heading on vacation. The best thing we can say is that you need to try it before you say you don’t like it! It wouldn’t go amiss in a big Scottish breakfast, commonly known as a fry-up, but you can also mix the ingredients together to make it smoother, and you fry them off, which gives off a lovely rich taste. If you’ve got a variety of great food appliances around the house, mixing these ingredients and putting them in the fridge or freezer to solidify them is a great way to start eating nose-to-tail.

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