January 25, 2011

Scots Wha Hae!

Happy Robbie Burns Day!

Yes, today is the day we celebrate the birth of the National Poet of Scotland (chorus: The ONLY poet of Scotland!) and no doubt those who fancy eating boiled sheep's guts to mark the occassion will be scratching their heads and asking the question: Why didn't somebody think of haggis sliders sooner?

For Robbie Burns Day this Tuesday, the haggis gets a modern treatment ó Haggis Sliders ó at the hotelís Library Bar. Sliders? Thatís right. A three-some of mini haggis patties on sesame seed brioches garnished with tobacco onions (lightly coated and fried), roasted tomato and garlic chutney. Add a cute toothpick with pickled onion and gherkin, a side of Yukon gold fries, and youíll feel like donning a kilt, perhaps?

The novel creation of Executive Chef David Garcelon, these sliders may not go over in Scotland proper (where deep-fried Mars bars have become popular), but we have to say, having tasted the mini haggis burgers, they are good.

Thereís a slight mealiness and liver taste to the meat ó so itís not like Angus beef, donít be surprised ó but the onions, tomato and chutney work deliciously. Liver and onions make a tried and true combination. Haggis appeal to the masses can be a challenge, so sliders make sense to us. Genius!

Personally, despite the fact that I am mighty near pure Scots on my father's side, I think I'll pass and instead crack the bottle of Laphroaig 10 y.o. sitting on my sideboard.

Posted by Robert at January 25, 2011 09:37 AM | TrackBack

Ya haven't lived til you've had haggis. Had it in Edinburgh, it is good.

Posted by: rbj at January 25, 2011 10:17 AM
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