The Very Best Scottish Recipes For Burns Night - Larder Love (2024)

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With Burns Night fast approaching on Sunday I thought I’d trawl through the Larder Love archives and see what Scottish recipes I had lurking there.

I was surprised at how many were in there and thought it would be a fun idea to share them all here in one post to save you having to search them all out one at a time.

Here are over thirty of my own Scottish recipes with everything from jams to savouries, desserts to soups – something for everyone and a great wee taste of Scotland.

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Soups and nibbles

Cullen Skink (don’t you just love that name!) is a classic Scottish fish soup with just a few simple ingredients and fabulous flavour. No self-respecting seaside pub would be without this on the menu up north.

co*ck-a-leekie soup, just shared this one the other day and it is such a traditional one, all Scottish grannies would have made this on a regular basis.

Musselburgh Tarts, these tasty morsels are filled with mussels and leeks in a rich creamy sauce, perfect for parties.

Filo Flowers With Mushroom and Whisky Mousse, one of my Wee Taste Of Scotland party recipes and a great little light bite.

Scottish Salad Spoons are my take on the old Russian salad but using the staples of the Scottish veggie patch, turnips, potatoes and carrots with a light and flavourful mayonnaise.

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Scallops With Crowdie And Bacon, I love seafood and Scotland has more than her fair share of fabulous crustaceans etc. These scallops are quick and easy to prepare and taste great.

Smoked Salmon With Tattie Scones, Scotland and salmon go together like the proverbial peas and carrots, this is a super easy recipe and great for brunch, breakfast and parties depending on portions and how you serve it.

Clapshot is what one traditionally serves along with haggis, especially on Burns Night.

Burns Baubles, now what would Burns Night be without haggis? Here is a fun way of serving this traditional Scottish dish.

Porridge Pancakes, almost a marriage between the great American pancake and the traditional Scottish porridge, the perfect way to start your day!

Seared Salmon with Whisky Dip, perfect for parties, you can also make this in larger portions using full salmon steaks as a main course.

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Crulla and Whisky Dipping Sauce, Crulla is a type of doughnut very like the Spanish churro. Served here with a rich chocolate dipping sauce laced with whisky.

Lavender Shortbread, the Auld Alliance between France and Scotland, shortbread and lavender, a lovely combination.

Gingernut Biscuits, a real classic that are just crying out for a cup of tea to be dunked into…..

Black Bun is Scotland’s traditional New Year cake, a robust fruit cake in a pastry casing.

Honey Buns, the perfect cupcake for Pooh Bear, sweet and such a treat.

Gingerbread Husbands, yes that is what gingerbread men were originally called here in Scotland.

Cheesy Shortbread Bites, a savoury take on the traditional shortbread and great with a tipple.

Melting Moments, a favourite biscuit/cookie that is the perfect partner for a cuppa at any time of day.

Spiced Apple Scones, so many scone recipes, this is one of my favourites.

Rosemary Oatcakes, easy to make and perfect for serving with cheese and a glass of wine of an evening.

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Preserves and drinks

Rosehip Vinegar, flavoured vinegars are a great addition to your pantry and this is so tasty and healthy too.

Rhubarb and Ginger Curd, sweet and just a little tart, perfect for toast, scones or dipping your biccies into…

Rosehip Jelly, an old fashioned classic, still great today.

Whisky And Ginger Marmalade, marmalade and whisky are two of Scotlands great exports, bring them together in this great sweet treat.

Rowan Jelly, another classic from Scotland’s end of summer bounty.

Rhubard and Raisin Relish, sweet and savoury and perfect with sausages and the like.

Scotch Hedgerow Jelly, packed with all the goodness of Autumnal fruits and berries.

Pink Pickled Turnips, may sound a bit off but are a tasty little treat if you like your puckering pickles.

Rowan And Redcurrant Jelly is the perfect addition to a roast dinner and is wonderful stirred into stews and casseroles too.

Scotch Weyhay! my homemade whisky based liqueur.

So there you have it folks, my Scottish recipe round-up. Many of these feature in my two Scottish cookbooks and A Wee Taste Of Scotland which are available as both hardbacks and Kindle/iBooks etc worldwide.

Enjoy your Burns Night wherever you are.

Karon x

The Very Best Scottish Recipes For Burns Night - Larder Love (2024)


What is the classic Burns Night menu? ›

Our traditional cullen skink recipe (a Scottish fish-based soup) is a great way to kick things off. You simply can't celebrate Burns Night without the classic haggis, 'neeps and tatties', aka mashed potatoes and swede. A rich whisky sauce is an ideal accompaniment to this flavourful dish too.

What is the traditional Scottish dish served on Burns Night? ›

A traditional Burns Supper starts with soup, often a Scotch broth. The haggis is then served with turnips and potatoes – known as neeps and tatties if you're a true Scot. The haggis, typically carried on a silver salver, is also piped in by the diners with a standing slow clap.

What is the Scottish word for the mashed potatoes eaten on Burns Night? ›

Haggis, neeps and tatties are a traditional Scottish meal eaten on Burns night. It is the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep (haggis), mashed swedes or turnips (neeps), and potatoes (tatties).

What food is served on Burns Day in Scotland? ›

Take your tastebuds on a Highland fling with classic Burns Night dishes including haggis, neeps and tatties and cranachan, plus other Scottish-inspired dishes.

What is the traditional drink for Burns Night? ›

Speaking of drinks, it wouldn't be a proper Scottish celebration or Burns Night without the mention of whisky. A staple part of Scottish culture, having a glass or two of whisky to celebrate is a must.

What dessert do you eat on Burns Night? ›

Our modern Burns Night menu from chef Roberta Hall-McCarron is a little bit different but equally delicious. One thing's for sure, the traditional Scottish dessert cranachan is the pudding for the job, and a wee dram of whisky is non-negotiable.

What do Scots drink on Burns Night? ›

And it wouldn't be Burns Night without whisky. Celebrating with a dram is a Scottish tradition. And Scotland's national day is no different. From a scotch on the rocks to a modern twist on a whisky classic, there's plenty of ways to join in.

What is the name of the meal that is eaten at Burns Night? ›

Burns suppers may be formal or informal. Both typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whisky and the recitation of Burns's poetry.

What can you eat on Burns Night besides haggis? ›

An alternative Burns Night supper for six
  • Warm mussel, leek and saffron tarts.
  • Venison sausages with red wine and rosemary gravy.
  • Celeriac and potato mash.
  • Swede and carrot purée.
  • Luxury bread pudding with whisky sauce.
Jan 24, 2024

What do Scots call lunch? ›

In some parts of the United Kingdom (namely, the North of England, North and South Wales, Scotland, and some rural and working class areas of Northern Ireland), people traditionally call their midday meal dinner and their evening meal tea (served around 6 pm), whereas elsewhere people would call the midday meal lunch ...

What do Scottish people call potato? ›

tatte; taut(t)ie, tawtie; tatoe, tatto(w), tatta; tottie (Gsw. 1947 J. F. Hendry Fernie Brae 128). [ ′tɑ(:)te, ‡-tə] 1. A potato (Rnf.

What is a wee burn in Scotland? ›

A “wee burn” is a flow of water much smaller than a river. The English words for it would be “small stream”. It would be fresh water as in not salty,, but ofen a bit stagnant and murky in parts from mossy or leafy vegetation, with some parts having a stoney bed and being more shallow and clear, and full of tadpoles.

What is a traditional Scottish meal? ›

Scotland's national dish is haggis, a savoury meat pudding, and it's traditionally accompanied by mashed potatoes, turnips (known as 'neeps') and a whisky sauce. Which brings us to the national drink – whisky. Over 100 distilleries in Scotland produce this amber-hued liquid, many of which can be explored on a tour.

What do vegetarians eat on Burns Night? ›

Traditional vegetarian side dishes for a Burns Night menu include neeps (mashed turnips or swede) and tatties (mashed potatoes). Other common accompaniments are vegetarian gravy, roasted vegetables, bashed neeps, and vegan-friendly sauces such as whisky cream sauce or mustard sauce.

Is haggis good for you? ›

The Haggis

Heart and lungs will provide some iron, zinc and selenium and the oats included in haggis will contribute to fibre intake. It's important not to over indulge in haggis as it tends to be high in fat and saturated fat as well as high in salt, so be mindful of the portion size.

What traditional dish is eaten at Burns Night Festivities? ›

Main course: Haggis, neeps and tatties

Love it or loathe it, haggis is the dish at the heart of Burns Night.

What is the dress code for Burns Night ladies? ›

When attending a Burns supper, the most traditional option for ladies is a kilted skirt. Our kilted skirts look lovely paired with a blouse and accessorised with a tartan sash or brooch for a more traditional style. Tartan dresses can also be worn for a formal Burns Supper and look great with plain or tartan heels.

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