Being of Scottish descent, I figure it’s my duty to do what other Scots do and celebrate Robert Burns’s birthday on Jan. 25th with a meal that includes haggis.
For those of you who don’t know what haggis is (or if you once knew but put it out of your mind because it was too gross to contemplate), it’s, well, you take a sheep’s stomach (that would be a dead sheep), stuff it with that same sheep’s chopped up heart, lungs and liver, and steam the whole thing for an hour. (Yes, I know.)
If you find this recipe off-putting (you wuss!), but would like to honor Mr. Burns in the traditional fashion, Heritage Foods is offering a modern, less, um, gutsy type of haggis, made with beef shoulder and liver, onion, seasonings and beef suet. It’s on sale now. (I guess they overstocked, expecting more haggis-huggers to surface for the celebration.) Click here to investigate.
But before you purchase, consider this poem which has been attributed to Burns himself:
In honor of my birthday, friends,
You’ll pay a lot of bucks,
To eat a bunch of sheepish guts.
Don’t do it: haggis sucks.