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The Best - Haggis [Scotland, near Stirling]

FatEddy Feb 24, 2009 07:54 AM

Dear hounds,

We're off to Scotland in a few weeks and want to try homecooking a Haggis. I did some research and found Dalbeattie seemed highly thought of but I wonderred if any hounds had any other recommendations or does it not make that much difference?

We're going to be near Stirling.

Best,
Fat E

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    Harters Feb 24, 2009 09:57 AM

    McSweens are readily available in supermarkets and are fine for my taste.

    Maybe just buy one from the local butchers in Stirling?

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      Robin Joy Feb 24, 2009 10:28 AM

      Second Macsween. Industry standard.

      It's not expensive though, so also trying other/local produce would be good too. I personally don't care for the splash of whisky which is sometimes added when serving.

      http://www.macsween.co.uk/

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        Simon Majumdar Feb 24, 2009 12:32 PM

        The Macsween haggis is very well made and I was lucky enough to visit them a few weeks ago

        I also spent some time making haggis with the butchers at George Bowers in Edinburgh

        http://www.georgebowerbutchers.co.uk/

        And their haggis is the real deal. The pluck is simmered in the stock made from game bones, they use few spices (quite a lot of white pepper, I think) and pinhead oatmeal and it's simmered in the same stock after being stuffed into the Ox stomach.

        It has been one of the great tastes of my trip around the UK so far.

        On a non haggis note, if you can get to one of the Fife farmer's markets (Fife, St Andrews, KirkCaldy) you may be lucky enough to see Ian Spink making Arbroath Smokies and they are not to be missed

        S

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          foreignmuck Feb 24, 2009 02:41 PM

          tried haggis for the first time in my life yesterday, and I must say it was very nice....Macsween was pretty decent i thought.

          1. re: foreignmuck
            FatEddy Feb 27, 2009 11:55 AM

            thanks folks - Macsweens it is

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