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List of Scottish Food

A quick andbrief look at some famed Scottish dishes.

Do not be alarmed at the picture above, it is only a deep fried Mars Bar. Below you will find a list of Scottish food, some taste better than they sound; some really do sound as if they would taste really bad.

Aberdeen Angus: Scottish breed of beef cattle that has internationally renowned for its quality and flavour.

Arbroath Smokies: A full haddock which has been salted and smoked over wood chips. Best served with warm, buttered oatcakes.

Atholl Brose: A sweet oatmeal, honey and whisky drink.

Bannocks: Can either be a different name for oatcakes or a type of soda scone. Named after an area around Stirling.

Black Bun: Traditionally eaten at New Year, a black bun is a cake made with flour, dried fruits, spices, milk and treacle.

Bridies: A folded circle of pastry with a meat and onion filling. The best bridies come from Forfar.

Butteries: A long-lasting morning roll that is made with a yeast dough, butter and lard.

Clapshot: Mainly made in Orkney, turnip and mashed potato with herbs and seasoning.

Clootie Dumpling: Made from flour, dried fruit, milk, treacle and spices and then tied in a cloth and boiled. Despite being a ‘pudding’ it is mainly eaten with the main course.

Cock-a-Leekie: Traditional Scottish soup made with chicken stock, leeks and potatoes.

Crail Capon: Haddock.

Cranachan: A ‘pudding’ made from oatmeal, whisky and cream – it is not uncommon for raspberries to be added.

Crappet Heads: Haddock soup with fishballs that are served in a cleaned out fish head.

Crowdie: Whey cheese that is rolled in oatmeal.

Cullen Skink: Chowder of potatoes and smoked haddock.

Deep-fried Mars bar: Anyone who says this is an urban myth is lying – I once had one! Does what it says on the tin, a Mars Bar fried in batter (only in Scotland eh?).

Dundee Cake: Fruit cake topped with almonds.

Edinburgh Fog: A ‘pudding’ made with double cream and sugar with almonds and whisky added for good measure.

Finnan Haddies: Smoked haddock lightly baked in milk.

Glasgow Salad: That would be a Scotch Pie, chips and beans!

Gourock Ham: Salted Herring.

Haggis: Oatmeal and mutton offal in a pigs stomach. Tastes better than it sounds.

Hotchpotch: A thick broth with vegetables and mutton.

Hot Toddy: Hot Whisky – a cure-all for all ‘ills’.

Howtowdie: Roast chicken with a stuffing of skirlie and served with poached eggs.

Jeely Piece: Jam sandwich.

Jethart Snails: Boiled sweets that are twists of brown boiled toffee.

Kale Soup: Cabbage soup – best eaten alone!

Kedgeree: Victorian breakfast dish made with rice, haddock, eggs and curry spices.

Kippers: Smoked herring.

Lorne Sausage: (Or square sausage as it is also known) Pork or beef sausage meat shaped in a loaf tin and sliced before cooking.

Marzipan Dates: Dates, stuffed with marzipan and coated in sugar.

Mealie Pudding: Sausage shaped ‘pudding’ made from oatmeal, drippings and onions.

Millionaires Shortbread: Shortbread with a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate.

Mince and Tatties: Everyone’s favourite hearty meal – mince and potatoes.

Moffat Toffee: Hard toffee with a burnt treacle taste.

Oatcakes: Biscuits made from oats.

Partan Bree: Soup made from crabmeat, chicken or fish stock, cream and rice.

Porridge: A staple food in Scotland for many a year. Oats boiled in water until it resembles wall paper paste. Can be served with salt, sugar, honey or milk.

Potted Hough: A beef shin bone simmered for hours with seasoning.

Rumbledethumps: Potatoes, cabbage and onions all mixed together.

Scones: Unyeasted buns with a dry taste.

Scotch Broth: Thick soup made with mutton stock, carrots, onions, turnip, dried peas and barley.

Scotch Eggs: A boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat covered in breadcrumbs.

Scotch Pie: Minced lamb or mutton in a suet pastry – even tastes good in a roll.

Selkirk Bannock: A fruit bread, usually served at Christmas.

Sheep’s Heid: A sheep’s head cooked in a broth with vegetables and barley.

Shortbread: Buttery biscuit with a rich taste.

Skirlie: Stuffing made of oatmeal and onions.

Soda Scones: Like normal scones but also includes bicarbonate of soda in the cooking process.

Soor Plooms: Boiled sweets that wreck your teeth.

Steak Pie: Stewed steak, onions and gravy dish topped with puff or short-crust pastry.

Stovies: A thick stew made with onions and potatoes, slow-cooked on the stove top with added lard or beef-dripping.

Tablet: Condensed milk with added butter and sugar. Once it has been boiled and left to cook you are left with something like a brick that will melt in your mouth.

Tattie Scones: Mashed potato and flour patties, traditionally cut into triangles. You have not lived until you try a roll of square sausage and tattie scone.

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Comments (2)

Haggis? I dare anyone to convince me to like it. Fantastic list, though. Voted and appreciated.


If you live in the United States you could try our haggis. Maybe you change your mind! 

By the other hand this is a very useful list of authentic Scottish food. Thanks Alistar!

Best regards

Al Stewart