27 December 2015

Vegan Beer Battered Haggis Bites for Hogmanay

Beer Battered Haggis Balls (vegan) tinnedtomatoes.com #haggis #newyear #canapes #hogmanay



I want to beer batter everything!

Seriously. I loved these beer battered haggis bites and the batter is so good and so easy to make. What can I beer batter next? Any suggestions? No Scottish stereotypes please. I shan't be battering Mars Bars anytime soon. Something savoury would be better. I'm thinking spiced onions or garlic mushrooms, but I'd some other ideas from my readers.

I created these haggis bites for Debenhams Christmas Found It campaign. You may have received a little magazine full of recipes and ideas including my haggis bites if you made an online order before Christmas.  I'd originally called these haggis balls, but have since decided that sounds a bit rude.


Beer Battered Haggis Balls (vegan) tinnedtomatoes.com #haggis #newyear #canapes #hogmanay 

My haggis bites are a combination of veggie haggis, black beans and spices with some spicing in the batter too. They were lightly spiced so my wee Cooper would enjoy them, but you can make them as spicy as you like. Just in case you are wondering Graham and Cooper both loved them and Cooper's asked for them a few times since, which is always an 'air punch' moment.


I used shop-bought vegetarian haggis for my haggis bites, which can be found beside the meaty version in supermarkets (if you can bring yourself to walk down that aisle) and tinned black beans, but you can make your own veggie haggis and soak beans overnight. You'll find a good recipe for Homemade Veggie Haggis over at Green Gourmet Giraffe.

Do give these a try. They'd be perfect at Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) as a starter or why not make slightly smaller bites and serve them as a canape? Serve with my Sweet Chilli Jam.



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Vegan Beer Battered Haggis Bites
An easy starter or canape using shop-bought vegetarian haggis, tinned black beans and spices coated in a lightly spiced beer batter. Serve as a starter or canape with sweet chilli jam.
Ingredients
  • 495g vegetarian haggis
  • 400g tin black beans
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 330ml beer
  • enough rapeseed oil to fry the balls, about as deep as they are
Instructions
1. Drain the beans from the can and rinse them well, then mash them in a bowl with a potato masher.2. Crumble the veggie haggis over the beans, add the top three listed spices and season with black pepper, then mix well.3. Roll into balls, ping pong ball size as a starter (the batter adds bulk) or smaller for bite-sized canapes.4. Heat the oil in a pan (I like using a wok) roughly the depth of the balls. 5. Now make the batter. In a large bowl mix paprika and chilli powder into the flour, then whisk in the beer. You may not need the whole bottle. You're looking for the consistency of double cream or just a little thicker.6. Dip the balls into the batter and gently lower them into the hot oil and fry for a couple of minutes, turn them and cook the other side. Fry in small batches.7. Enjoy!
Details
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Yield: Serves 4-6 as a generous starter with salad


Savoury Party Recipes for Hogmanay


Savoury recipes for Hogmanay. Canapes and dips from tinnedtomatoes.com #canapes #newyear #recipe

  1. Mushroom and Lentil Sliders (vegan)
  2. Spiced Sweet Potato Fries (vegan)
  3. Paprika Roast Cauliflower with 4 Cheese Dip
  4. Turkish Zucchini Fritters   
  5. Red Bean Falafel (vegan)  
  6. Spiced Moroccan Pate (vegan)  
  7. Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls (vegan) 
  8. Easy Pizza Dip
  9. Mini Puff Pizza Pies with Pesto 

Sweet Party Recipes for Hogmanay


Sweet recipes for Hogmanay. Dessert and traybakes from tinnedtomatoes.com #canapes #newyear #recipe

  1. Individual Banoffee Trifles
  2. Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mousse (vegan) 
  3. Oreo Chocolate Tiffin (vegan) 

A guid New Year to ane an' a' and mony may ye see.

19 comments:

  1. These Haggis Balls sound delicious....ha ha they are more balls than bites I would say. We much prefer Veggie Haggis to normal haggis - usually either Halls or Simon Howie - like the haggis to be nice and spicy! Happy Hogmanay when it comes!

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    1. haha you are probably right and yes I sometimes veggie haggis isn't spiced enough. I tend to add spices. Happy Hogmanay to you too and thanks for stopping by,

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  2. I've made beer battered haggis bites just with haggis and it was superb - don't know why I didn't make more beer battered treats after it - maybe you could do a trio of beer battered haggis neeps and tatties! Thanks for the link to the haggis recipe I make - will be making it this hogmanay. And surprised to see that cranachan didn't rate a mention in your sweet recipes - it is my idea of ultimate scottish dessert and I thought you had posted one. Have a happy hogmanay.

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    1. Oh beer battered neeps and tatties sound good Johanna, you should make them. I've always meant to try your haggis nachos, just not got around to it yet. You are right about the Cranachan. I wasn't even thinking of Scottish dishes just individual portions for parties, but I should have.

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  3. I honestly eat meat occasionally, but veggie haggis is so much better than the meat one!

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    1. I agree although it was a lifetime ago that I had the meaty one.

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  4. That sounds delicious. I bet one of those blooming onions would work really well with beer batter - and they always look stunning, too. Or you could try beer-tempura veggies?

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    1. Oh yes that would be good and yes other veggies too. YUM!!

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  5. That sounds perfect. I was just looking for some New Year's Eve ideas and this one is perfect as we have never had haggis before.

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  6. these sound delicious - and as you say, always an air punch moment when the children like it too!

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    1. Yes it definitely is. I remember the days when he ate everything. Sigh

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  7. Great recipe Jac, and some fantastic party food ideas too. I've not tried veggie haggis before, but def feel the need to try it out.

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    1. Oh it's really good, sometimes it need extra spice, depending on the brand, but it's ready to use and a great product.

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  8. This sounds like a great idea, Jac! I'm not a huge fan of any kind of haggis but the way you have lightened and brightened it up is very intriguing. And I have to trust Copper, don't I? Happy almost New Year's Eve from Florida. :-)

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    1. Haha, yes if Cooper likes it, it has to be good. Have a great new year in all that lovely sunshine.

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  9. I've never fancied the idea of regular haggis so your veggie version is far more appealing! Great canape idea! I love battering things but try to do it sparingly! Christmas pudding deep fries well in a custard enhanced batter!


    I did place a debenhams order before Christmas but don't recall receiving any recipe booklet :(

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    1. Ah now I'd never have thought of that. Great idea Anne.

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  10. Ohhh, I was just thinking this morning what to do with my leftover veggie haggis, other than stuffing it into a pepper or mushroom. I'd never have thought to batter it, thanks!

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