This Haggis neeps and tatties cottage pie is hearty, warming and so comforting! It’s perfect for a Burns Night Celebration or a chilly Winters Day.
On Thursday evening, many people will raising a glass (of whisky, of course) to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Rabbie Burns. A typical celebration includes traditional Scottish dancing, reciting Burns poems and of course haggis.
The haggis is accompanied by a piper, who “pipes in” the haggis while everyone in attendance stands and claps in time to the music. Then everyone sits down as the chosen speaker prepares to recite “address to a haggis.”
The haggis is cut open to dramatic effect when the speaker says the words ‘an cut you up wi’ ready slight’ and a toast is made to the haggis before serving.
If, like me, you haven’t been invited to a grand Burns Supper (boo!) then I have the perfect cosy, stay at home Burns Night supper for you – my haggis, neeps and tatties cottage pie.
How to make a haggis neeps and tatties cottage pie
You start by making the mince for the filling. I use this recipe and often find it easier to make it the day before I’m making the pie.
You add your cooked mince to a large pie dish, then top with layers of haggis, mashed neeps and tatties.
I love haggis too much to only have it once a year – this pie is proper Winter comfort food!
I serve it with either peas or green beans and if you want to really indulge, a jug of whisky cream sauce on the side – it’s rich but heavenly!
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- 500 g minced beef
- 1/2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 Oxo cube
- 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
- 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4pint beef stock, to be honest, I use Bisto but any beef stock is fine
- 400g haggis
- 1.5 kg bag potatoes, peeled and cut into even sized pieces
- 1 small neep/turnip/swede, peeled and diced (or buy it ready mashed - I loathe cutting neeps!)
- 75 g Butter for the mash, a splash of milk and salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper for the neeps
- Place a large saucepan on a medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, tip in the mince and cook until browned. Add the flour to the mince and cook for one minute. Crumble in the Oxo cube and add the diced onion and carrot. Add the worcestershire sauce, the beef stock, a little salt and pepper and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Keep an eye on the pan so the mince doesn't get too dry - you might need to add a little more stock.
- While the mince is cooking, cook the tatties and neep (if you aren't using pre made neep.) Place the tatties in a large pan and cover with water. Place the diced neep in a saucepan and cover with water. Place both pans on a high heat and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the tatties and neep are both very soft. The neep *might* need 5 minutes longer. Drain the tatties and mash well with the butter and milk. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain the cooked neep, add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and mash well. Season with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. *I've been informed by people in the know that a wee nip of whisky is a very good addition here. I've yet to try it, so let me know if you do!
- When you're ready to assemble and cook the pie, preheat the oven to 180C/160Fan/Gas Mark 4.
- Remove the haggis from its packaging and crumble it into pieces. Stir the haggis into the cooked mince. Place the mince/haggis mixture into a large ovenproof gratin/casserole dish. Top with the neep, then the tatties. Rough up the top with a fork to get those lovely crispy bits.
- Cook the pie for 45-50 minutes or until bubbling, golden and piping hot. Serve with seasonal greens.
Everyone in Scotland has their own way of making mince - this is the way I've been making it for years and my family love it. If you want to stick to your own recipe, please do!
I often make the mince in advance, let it cool and pop in the fridge to save time later, plus I think it tastes better if it’s reheated later on or the next day.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 772Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g
Calories and nutritional information is calculated by a third party application and should be used as indicative figures only.