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    St Andrews Day - Friday 30th November

    Posted by Team Macsween

    On Friday we celebrate Scotland's national day, so wherever you are around the globe, gather your friends and family, stick on the Proclaimers and celebrate your Scottish roots.

    Whether you celebrate St Andrews day with a sophisticated dinner party for friends, a quick family supper or a ruckus gathering with mates, what better way to honour your heritage than with Scotland's national dish (haggis, of course).

    Celebrate Scotland's abundant larder with a St Andrews day menu. To start, try this simple, yet stunning starter which is incredibly easy to make, serve in little bowls to add some wow-factor to the presentation of the dish.

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    A little pot of haggis - what's not to love?

    Simply serve 100g of Macsween traditional or vegetarian haggis in a ramekin or small bowl alongside Scottish oatcakes and a little dish of whisky cream sauce. Adding some beetroot or chutney will give a pop of colour to the plate.

    To make the whisky cream sauce heat rapeseed oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and gently sauté a small shallot (without colouring it). Add 30ml of your favourite whisky and flambé to burn off the alcohol. Add 150ml chicken stock and reduce the liquid by half, season to taste. Add 250ml whipping cream, bring to the boil and then reduce to a consistency that will stick to the back of a spoon. If you want the sauce to be really smooth, pass it through a fine sieve. Add 2 teaspoons of Arran grainy mustard, bring to the boil and do a final check on the seasoning.

    Follow with Scotch Lamb, which is at its best at this time of year, or wild salmon and finish with seasonal fruit such as stewed pears and cranberries.

    If this sounds like too much hassle, Scottish Greggs stores have re-launched the Haggis Pie, made with Greggs special scotch pie shell, filled with our fine haggis and topped with creamy mashed potatoes, it has become a lunchtime staple at Macsween HQ, check out the pictures on our facebook page.

    Be it a formal feast or a relaxed spread, the Macsween website has plenty of recipe ideas for you to try. The 'Macsween haggis in a roll with all the trimmings' is a new recipe launched last week, or try party pleasing canapé ideas for your festive gatherings.