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(BBC)   Despite ban, some Americans still make and eat haggis. That's offal   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 75
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2013-01-24 09:48:31 PM  
Had the real stuff, had the American version......can't say I enjoyed either, but the authentic Haggis was much better.
 
2013-01-24 09:56:30 PM  

jnelsoninjax: The irony is I just got a call from my boss today, and she told me that on Saturday we are going to be serving haggis to a group of Navy boys (I work on a navy base), I do not know if I will be able to try it, but I might just!


If you didn't know what it was, you'd eat the entire thing.
 
2013-01-24 10:03:37 PM  
lung-free haggis

Oh yeah, you gotta have the lung. And I'm guessing a side dish of deep-fried lung is simply out of the question.
 
2013-01-24 10:12:57 PM  

cretinbob:
Anyone know where I can get some?


Find an established merchant of British wares. In the historic shopping district in my town, there's a shop that sells British wares. They have cans of haggis that they import for sale. Every spring we have Tartan Day festivities (lots of ginger lasses in short kilts dancing) and the shop has samples of Haggis. Too bad it's $9 a can though. It's barely enough to feed my son and me. Good thing my wife and daughter hate it!

/I need to remember to pick some up tomorrow morning while I'm out, if they aren't sold out yet.
//Too bad my medicine will put me in a coma if I drink alcohol.
///I'll settle for an Irn Bru, I guess.
 
2013-01-24 10:16:30 PM  

clivecusslerfan: cretinbob:
Anyone know where I can get some?

Find an established merchant of British wares. In the historic shopping district in my town, there's a shop that sells British wares.


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2013-01-24 10:19:41 PM  
I have always wanted to try haggis...

/must be something in this americans scottish ancestry...
 
2013-01-24 10:20:30 PM  

clivecusslerfan: cretinbob:
Anyone know where I can get some?

Find an established merchant of British wares. In the historic shopping district in my town, there's a shop that sells British wares. They have cans of haggis that they import for sale. Every spring we have Tartan Day festivities (lots of ginger lasses in short kilts dancing) and the shop has samples of Haggis. Too bad it's $9 a can though. It's barely enough to feed my son and me. Good thing my wife and daughter hate it!

/I need to remember to pick some up tomorrow morning while I'm out, if they aren't sold out yet.
//Too bad my medicine will put me in a coma if I drink alcohol.
///I'll settle for an Irn Bru, I guess.


Love me some Irn Bru. Been to Scotland several times, and a cold Irn Bru and a Lion bar are always one of my first purchases.

/Had fresh homemade haggis on a farm in Angus. Pretty tasty, actually.
 
2013-01-24 10:39:11 PM  
I have had authentic hagis. The good thing about it is that no one really reports this "criime," because they simply do not know that it is illegal to use certain bits. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and delicious!
 
2013-01-24 10:47:47 PM  

Abox: saeufer82: Abox: It's the importation of haggis that's banned right? Not like it's illegal to eat sheep lung.

Lamb lung is considered "inedible" by the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (the meat people), so it's illegal to use it in food that has to be inspected (i.e. anything you can buy at a store). There's nothing stopping you from buying lamb lung out the back door of a butcher shop or abattoir and making your own haggis, though it'd be illegal to sell.


Thanks Obama.


Twas Nixon, you dolt!
 
2013-01-24 11:14:58 PM  

stanadamsii: tlchwi02: FTA: "A 2003 survey suggested that a third of US visitors to Scotland believed the haggis was an animal. Nearly a quarter thought they could catch one."

my countrymen are so dumb

You can catch one if it is thrown at you properly...


You have to be fast though; the left legs are longer than the right, so as to climb uphill more easily.
 
2013-01-24 11:30:06 PM  

Tillmaster: And the American brag about their freedom.
Pshaw!

I've tried American haggis. It isn't a patch on the real thing.


Your argument suffers from the No True Haggis fallacy.
 
2013-01-24 11:37:31 PM  
Meanwhile the Americans spent a hundred years blatantly funding Irish terrorism that killed thousands, yet they ban haggis.
 
2013-01-24 11:40:08 PM  
Traditional chorizo is made with pork salivary glands, and is pure deliciousness.
 
2013-01-25 12:12:52 AM  

Omahawg: is there no love for souse?


I love it but, my white friends from up here think it's gross.
 
2013-01-25 01:17:56 AM  
Ok I didn't realize the lung part was both an ingredient, and also banned, but I had what I assume to be mostly authentic haggis at a Robert Burns dinner years ago when Lordfortuna's parents took us. It was, admittedly, prepared in a nice hotel, so I assume it was better than a lot of people would end up eating, but it tasted pretty good. Basically like sausage, only with sort of a thick oatmeal texture since it's not squeezed into tiny sausage casings first.

Seriously, it's not bad, at least try it if you have the chance. Just brace yourself for the odd texture.
 
2013-01-25 01:56:42 AM  
There's nothing wrong with haggis. It tastes great, if prepared properly. It's not some awful stew of nasty ingredients. Of course, Americans would think that, though.
 
2013-01-25 03:09:54 AM  
Went to a wedding in Scotland once, and haggis was served two ways: traditional and vegetarian. Both were foul, but it remains the only dish I've ever eaten where the vegetarian imitation was preferable to the original.
 
2013-01-25 03:20:46 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Your argument suffers from the No True Haggis fallacy.


I see what you did there.
 
2013-01-25 04:58:14 AM  

madgonad: In Scotland now it is kind of a joke - only the tourists eat it.


Nope. Every fish and chip shop sells haggis suppers and every butcher sells their own version. Had it for dinner last night. Very tasty.
 
2013-01-25 06:33:50 AM  
I regularly eat kidney, liver, black pudding (basically fried blood), and lambs heart (with a thyme a parsley stuffing - wonderful!).

Haggis is great on its own. Chicken stuffed with haggis is fantastic.

You guys really don't know what you're missing!
 
2013-01-25 06:37:10 AM  
I treat it like a giant sausage
even like the canned stuff with a little fine tuning
 
2013-01-25 08:19:42 AM  

ladyfortuna: Ok I didn't realize the lung part was both an ingredient, and also banned, but I had what I assume to be mostly authentic haggis at a Robert Burns dinner years ago when Lordfortuna's parents took us. It was, admittedly, prepared in a nice hotel, so I assume it was better than a lot of people would end up eating, but it tasted pretty good. Basically like sausage, only with sort of a thick oatmeal texture since it's not squeezed into tiny sausage casings first.

Seriously, it's not bad, at least try it if you have the chance. Just brace yourself for the odd texture.


without the lung it is like sausage, proper haggis with lung is nothing like sausage.

orbister: madgonad: In Scotland now it is kind of a joke - only the tourists eat it.

Nope. Every fish and chip shop sells haggis suppers and every butcher sells their own version. Had it for dinner last night. Very tasty.


Yep have haggis every other week or so and it is a favourite out the chippy too.

It take a few minutes in the microwave serve with bread and butter and loads of brown sauce.
 
2013-01-25 11:25:05 AM  

cretinbob: The ban is for importing it, dumbmitter
Apparently it does come in a can
I saw it on Chopped.
Anyone know where I can get some?


There's a shop in Wilton CT which sells canned and frozen haggis. The canned stuff is probably authentic - the frozen stuff is made in the US.
 
2013-01-25 11:28:21 AM  

madgonad: There are poor-people's food in every culture.

In Scotland they kept various non-meat/liver internal organs, jammed them into a stomach with some grains, and boiled it until it was pasty enough to no longer be recognized for what it was. It was the cheapest protein and fat available. Scotland was damn poor and this was a common staple at the time. Sheep have a lot less meat than cattle, so you use what is available.

I've had haggis in Scotland and in the States. Even heavily spiced you can tell how dodgy it was. In Scotland now it is kind of a joke - only the tourists eat it.


Rubbish. When I was at Glasgow University, haggis was regularly on the menu at the Student Refectory. It was a cheap, nourishing meal.
 
2013-01-25 11:33:33 AM  

b0rg9: Tillmaster: And the American brag about their freedom.
Pshaw!

I've tried American haggis. It isn't a patch on the real thing.


Hey man, not to threadjack (I know, I know), but those pics in your bio of you and what you were working on at the time are great.

I would love to try authentic haggis. I live just south of Dunedin, FL and I wonder if I threw a local a few bucks if I could acquire a taste.

/favorited


Thanks. You might like to consider buying it online. I buy mine in CT, which is probably a bit far to travel.
These guys offer what they claim to be Scottish haggis. http://scottishhaggis.com/index.aspx
 
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