Scottish meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties - and of course a wee dram

Three alternative haggis recipes

09 Jan 23 3 minute read

With the festive season now behind us, come January, a much-loved Scottish occasion is just around the corner – Burns Night! But what to do when you’ve ended up with too much of Scotland’s national dish?

Burns Night, the celebration of Scottish poet and national icon Robert Burns, is celebrated widely on 25th January. Traditionally, the occasion is marked by a Burns Supper; a meal of haggis, neaps, and tatties, washed down with some whisky – and often followed by some ceilidh dancing.

Many Scots choose to eat the traditional meal of haggis, neaps and tatties at home, which leaves a lot of us left wondering what to do with our leftovers.

We’re here to show you how easy it can be to get creative in the kitchen and help save the planet while you’re at it. This Burns Night, impress your friends and family by putting your own spin on the traditional supper with these three leftover haggis recipes.

Note: haggis can be substituted for the veggie version, which lends itself to all three recipes.

Quesadilla and french fries on plate

Haggis Quesadillas

It shouldn’t work, but it does! This weird and wonderful recipe is super easy too, because, in the word of the bard himself, ‘Suspense is worse than disappointment’.

What you need

  • Haggis
  • Grated cheese
  • Some tortilla wraps
  • Cooking oil


  1. Start by grating some cheese and, while you’re doing that, heat some oil in the pan (we used spray, you don’t need a huge amount).

  2. Grab two tortilla wraps and lay them flat. On one wrap, spread a thin even layer of haggis and top with cheese. Place the other wrap on top as neatly as you can and gently press, so it stays in place.

  3. Once the oil has heated, fry on a low to medium heat on one side. Once it starts to brown on the bottom, and you can see the cheese melting, (carefully!) flip and cook on the other side.

  4. Once both sides have grilled, cut them into triangles and serve alongside your favourite trimmings.

Shepherd’s Pie

Is there anything better on a cold January evening than a warm, homemade pie? This one’s a belter, and it’s pretty straightforward too.

What you need

  • Haggis
  • Grated cheese
  • Potatoes
  • Milk


  1. Boil potatoes, drain and then mash with a splash of milk and some salt and pepper.

  2. Spread haggis out on a casserole dish and top with mash. Cover with grated cheese.

  3. Bake at 180 for 30 mins.

  4. Optional: pop under the grill to brown the top.

A person making haggis bon bons in a kitchen

Haggis Bon Bons

Everyone’s favourite canape. Once you discover how easy it is to make these party-pleasers, why not impress your friends and family by serving them up next time you’re hosting?

What you need:

  • Haggis
  • Egg
  • Plain flour
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Paprika
  • Parmesan
  • Oil


  1. Whisk two eggs together in a bowl, and in a separate bowl mix half a cup of plain flour with some salt and pepper. In a third bowl, mix half a cup of breadcrumbs with half a teaspoon of paprika and two tablespoons of parmesan.

  2. Shape the haggis into small balls and roll first in the flour mix, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs until each is fully coated. Place the bon bons in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  3. Heat around two inches of oil in a pot until it reaches 170°C. Deep fry the bon bons for three to five minutes, or until they are golden and crispy on the outside.

  4. Serve while hot with your favourite sauce and accompaniments.

We hope you enjoyed our alternative haggis recipes, and we’d love to hear how you get on. For more sustainable living tips and ideas, follow us on Instagram at @howtowasteless.