Crispy haggis and potato pancake with a spinach salad and warm whisky and bacon dressing

A perfect introduction to haggis for the uninitiated. You could even forgo the salad to make a delicious breakfast treat.


For the haggis and potato pancake
For the salad

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Grate the peeled potatoes into a clean tea towel using the large holes on the grater. Wrap the tea towel around the grated potato and squeeze to remove the moisture.

  3. Heat a blini pan (or a frying pan) over a medium heat and add about a tablespoon of the olive oil. When hot, place a heaped tablespoon of the dry grated potato in a mound in the pan and gently press down to form a neat circle. Leave to cook for a couple of minutes. Place a slice of haggis on top of each potato cake, then cover with another heaped tablespoon of grated potato and gently press down.

  4. Cook until crispy and golden (4-5 minutes), then very carefully turn and cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes. Blini pans make this job easier, but an alternative method is to cook them in a frying pan and cut out the neat finished rounds after cooking. Place in the oven for 5-6 minutes.

  5. Fry the eggs as you like them. I like mine cooked in a fair bit of olive oil over a high heat, so they go a bit crispy while keeping the yolk runny.

  6. To make the salad, in a pan set over a medium heat fry the pancetta until crisp in a little olive oil. Keep warm. Place the spinach, mushrooms, herbs and tomato in a bowl. When ready to serve, stir the warm pancetta through the salad.

  7. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and whisky into a dressing and vigorously shake. Drizzle over the salad, keeping a little back for serving.

  8. To serve, place the warm dressed salad on serving plates, topped with the haggis and potato pancakes and a fried egg. Grind over a little pepper and drizzle the remaining dressing around. Serve immediately.

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 2

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Saturday Kitchen 26/01/2013 bbc_one Saturday Kitchen

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