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This holiday season, celebrate Christmas with a Scottish feast! Christmas dinner in Scotland is traditionally a festive affair, with multiple courses of hearty winter foods. If you want to feel like you’re feasting in the Highlands this Christmas, whip up these Scottish dishes. (Present your spread on a tartan tablecloth for extra Scottish flair!)
The American-Scottish Foundation has put together this guide to A Traditional Scottish Christmas Dinner using recipes from some of our favorite food-bloggers! Although Scottish Christmas dinners can vary by region and clan, most festive feasts feature variations of these dishes.
Prepare for a very “Blithe Yule” and “A Guid New Year!”
1. Cock a Leekie Soup
A traditional Scottish Christmas dinner begins with a soup course. Cock a Leekie Soup is a classic choice, as it’s often called “Scotland’s National Soup.” The soup features chicken stock, chicken, leeks, and – traditionally – prunes. This recipe takes the traditional route, using both a homemade chicken stock and prunes. The warming concoction is ideal for a snowy Christmas day – and goes perfectly with a side of bread and butter.
Get the recipe from A Communal Table.
2. Roast Turkey
The main event of any Scottish Christmas feast is the roast turkey. (Although vegetarians may disagree – and would perhaps prefer this delicious nut roast from Thinly Spread.) Although there are many different ways to roast your Christmas bird, we recommend cooking up a Gin-Brined Turkey. Scottish gin will infuse your turkey with a unique, festive flavor! And we suggest using one of our favorite gins – AK’s Gin from Arbikie.
Get the recipe from Easy Peasy Foodie.
3. Neeps & Tatties
Neeps and tatties (or parsnips and potatoes) are an essential part of a Scottish holiday meal. The Scottish vegetable dish is often served alongside haggis, but it will complement your Christmas turkey just as beautifully. This recipe adds carrots and beets to the mix of root-vegetables, and uses smoked sea salt, honey, and thyme for flavor. These roasted “tartan veggies” are the definition of comfort food – and you’ll definitely go back for seconds!
Get the recipe from Lavender and Lovage.
4. Oat Stuffing
Stuffing is a classic yuletide favorite – and for many people it’s the highlight of any holiday dinner! For a traditional Scottish Christmas meal, the bird is filled with a hearty stuffing. Whether you serve your stuffing in the turkey, on the side, or both, make it especially Scottish with this recipe for “Skirlie.” Skirlie is a traditional Scottish stuffing, using oats instead of bread. With the addition of butter, onion, and herbs, Scottish oats are transformed into a delectable – and gluten-free – holiday stuffing.
Get the recipe from London Eats.
5. Bread Sauce
Bread Sauce is a traditional British sauce that dates all the way back to medieval times! Although it is uncommon over here in the USA, it is still a classic part of a Scottish Christmas dinner. The sauce is made to accompany roast poultry – but it tastes just as delicious with other meats, veggies, or even spread on more bread. Classic recipes use white bread, butter, milk and onion to create a creamy and delicious sauce. This recipe includes a dash of Scotch whisky for a more distinctly Scottish flavor.
Get the recipe from Mommy Perfect.
6. Brussels Sprouts
Is Christmas dinner complete without a helping of (the sometimes controversial) Brussels sprouts? Whether you love them or hate them, they’re a must for a Scottish Christmas. Even if you’re not typically a fan, this recipe’s unique twist makes the sprouts much more enticing! Black pudding is pan-fried and added to buttery Brussels sprouts, making the traditional holiday dish especially Scottish! These sumptuous sprouts are the perfect side-dish for your Scottish feast.
Get the recipe from Delicious Magazine.
7. Clootie Dumpling
If you’re not too stuffed from dinner, finish the meal off with a helping of traditional Clootie Dumpling. The classic Scottish recipe is often served on Burns’ Night and Hogmanay celebrations, but it’s a perfect yuletide treat as well! The spicy, fragrant dessert is served with brandy butter. The word “clootie” refers to the cloth that the dumpling – which is full of dried fruits, spices and treacle – is traditionally cooked in. So grab your clootie and get baking!
Get the recipe from Love Food.