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Name:EC's Homemade Haggis Contributor:Leigh Ann Hussey
Description:Traditional Scottish dish, done non-traditionally Posted:1999-08-17
Key words:haggis, offal Category:Main Dishes
ID:363 Updated:2005-11-26 22:48:59
Ingredients:2 pair lamb kidneys, chopped
1 pair sweetbreads, chopped
1/2 lb lamb liver, chopped (if you can get it; calf's if not)
1/2 lb suet, grated (it helps to freeze it before grating)
2 medium onions, peeled & chopped
1 c steel-cut oats
salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon juice, whisky, whatever spice suits you
Preparation:Munge together all the ingredients except the oats; put them into another bowl entirely. Then, add the meat mixture to the oats by spoonsful until it looks right.

Lay a dishtowel on the counter; put a piece of kitchen parchment on top of it. Mound the haggis mixture in the middle of it, then tie the paper and cloth together to make a bag. Wind string around the top really tightly, but you don't want the bag itself to be too tight around the filling. Leave an extra loop of twine for a handle to remove the bag from the pot come time.

Boil water in a big pot. Put the bag of stuff into the boiling water, leaving the handle hanging out the side of the pot (but not too far, lest it catch fire), and boil for an hour. It might take less time, and/or you may need to add more boiling water. When it's done, take it out of the pot, cut the string, unfold the bag, and eat the stuffing!

Yeah, it's cheating, but sheep's stomachs are damned hard to come by, even in the BA, where there's almost every kind of whatever you'd want.

There'll be leftover meat and stuff. Put it in a ziploc bag in the freezer, WITHOUT oats in it. Later, you can take it out, break it up still in the ziploc (with all that suet in it, it doesn't hold together too hard), throw in a cup or enough of steelcut oats, munge all together (still in the ziploc), then put the resealed ziploc into a bowl and the bowl in the microwave. Microwave at half power for ~30 minutes, in 10-minute spurts, between which you take the ziploc and shift it around some. I tossed in a slosh of cheap Scotch before I microwaved it, but you don't have to. (And I recommend, if you do add Scotch, don't put your nose right over the bag when you first open it up again... Wheeeee!)

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