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Best ever Scottish recipes for Burns Night

Our Scottish Burns Night recipes have everything you'll need to get you in the Scottish spirit. From potted smoked salmon to haggis, venison, shortbread and whisky, it's more Scottish than the Loch Ness monster!

Potted smoked salmon

This lovely, light, rillette-style pâté combines fresh Scottish salmon with smoked to add real depth of flavour. Clarified butter seals the pots, so these can be made a day or two in advance – just the thing for a Christmas party. This recipe was inspired by HIX bar.

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Venison carpaccio with pickled red cabbage

A stylish starter, ideal from kicking off your Burns Night supper. Make your own zingy dressing and top with Marcona almonds.

Venison carpaccio

Oyster and scallop tartare

This recipe for oyster and scallop tartare makes for an impressive starter and combines two of Scotland’s most revered shellfish.


Smoked haddock and chive fishcakes

These smoked haddock and chive fishcakes would make a lovely starter for your Burns Night celebrations, and are a real celebration of Scotland’s tradition of smoked fish.


Gluten-free haggis, neeps and tatties

This recipe for haggis, neeps (in this case turnips) and tatties (potatoes) comes from chef Tom Kitchin. It’s an absolute Scottish classic and should certainly be enjoyed on Burns Night!

haggis, neeps and tatties on a plate

Haggis with swede

If you are thinking of having a Burn’s Night celebration then you can’t do it without roast haggis. Luckily you can buy haggis ready made but do try and make the traditional accompaniment, mash swede or neeps. Serve a shot of whiskey with this.


Venison wellington

This recipe for venison wellington is a great twist on a classic British favourite. Scotland is famed for its wild game, and here it will be the centrepiece.


Blood orange and marmalade steamed puddings

Blood oranges have a very short season towards the end of winter so make the most of them while you can. Combine them with marmalade and the Scottish tradition of a steamed pudding and this light and delicious pudding lets their flavour shine through


Salted caramel shortbread

Sweet and salty flavours are an ongoing trend and this shortbread recipe is the perfect way to blend these flavours and nothing says Scotland like shortbread.


Whiskey sour sorbet

Turn your whiskey sour into a sorbet! Use could American bourbon for a sweeter, vanilla base note, but we’d prefer it with a fiery Islay single malt. You don’t have to add the egg white, but it is an authentic part of the drink and gives the sorbet body.


Orange marmalade slump cake

Somewhere between a cake and a pud, this slump is a dense, rich almond and polenta cake. Serve warm with a generous dollop of crème fraîche. The perfect way to finish after haggis, neeps and tatties.


Donut holes with whisky dipping sauce 

This has got to be our favourite whisky-laden dessert. They take a bit of time to prepare, but these little sugary pillows are so worth the wait… and impressive if you’re entertaining.

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Donut holes with whisky sauce

Campfire cocktail

One of our favourite ways to drink whisky, and one of the cosiest. There’s nothing that signals the beginning of autumn quite like the smell of a bonfire. Intensely nostalgic, it conjures images of crunching through piles of leaves, sparklers and toasted marshmallows. It’s the latter that has inspired this cocktail from the brilliant team at whisky bar Black Rock. There’s only a smidge of peaty Lagavulin in this, so it’s not too challenging if smoky whisky isn’t normally your thing.

Campfire cocktail

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