If you happen to visit Scotland during the Christmas time, you are really lucky as you will have a chance to taste many delicious foods traditional for the holiday cuisine of this country. This article will provide you with information about some of the most noteworthy of them. Those, who enjoy cooking can easily find recipes and include these dishes into their Christmas menu as well.
Haggis Bon Bons
Certainly, haggis is one of the most traditional Scottish dishes and it definitely deserves its own place on the holiday table. As you can imagine, haggis bon bons are made of haggis and everything depends on whether you already have some haggis at home or you want to make it. In the first situation, the preparation of the dish will take only ten minutes, however, the second option is always more welcome by people who prefer to have all of the food home-made. In Scottish restaurants, you will also have a chance of tasting the dish made of fresh haggis.
What are Haggis Bon Bons exactly? These are breaded pieces of haggis which is first broken up with a food processor. Haggis Bon Bons are actually balls made of haggis, so haggis has to be shaped in appropriate way and then put into an egg and covered with bread crumbs. Afterwards, the balls are fried.
The Scottish cuisine also has its own traditional soup served during Christmas. This soup is usually Cock-a-leekie Soup which can be cooked in various ways, however, the most popular version is based on leeks and chicken legs. The soup has a rather long history evolving in the 16th century. One of the modern modifications of this soup is the addition of prunes. Other vegetables are more than welcome as well.
Of course, you can find absolutely various desserts served during Christmas in Scotland, however, some of them are certainly more traditional for this country. In this part of our article you will find two great examples of such traditional dishes which are actually absolutely different from each other.
Scottish Tipsy Laird Trifle
The Christmas time is a perfect moment to taste a delicious Scottish Tipsy Laird Trifle which is a kind of a pudding for those who are not familiar with such a dish. Actually, one can find a similar one in the British cuisine.
By the way, this is a traditional dessert made on Hogmanay and Burns Night. For its preparation, a sponge cake is needed, fresh raspberries, whisky, tick custard sauce and heavy cream. A bit of toasted almonds will be a great addition to the dessert as well.
If you are looking for a genuinely traditional dessert which is particularly popular in Scotland during the Christmas time, you should pay your attention to Clootie Dumplings. This is a very peculiar dish cooked by steaming while the dish is entirely wrapped up in a rag or a piece of cloth. As you can imagine this is not a particularly usual way of cooking a dessert which actually makes it even more interesting to taste it when you are in Scotland. Those people who would like to try cooking it at home can easily find a simplified version of this dish.
Clootie Dumplings can also be enjoyed in Scotland during the entire year. The major ingredients of this dish is butter, oatmeal and raisins.