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.
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.
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.
- 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
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!
Yield: Serves 4-6 as a generous starter with salad
Savoury Party Recipes for Hogmanay
- Mushroom and Lentil Sliders (vegan)
- Spiced Sweet Potato Fries (vegan)
- Paprika Roast Cauliflower with 4 Cheese Dip
- Turkish Zucchini Fritters
- Red Bean Falafel (vegan)
- Spiced Moroccan Pate (vegan)
- Spicy 3 Bean Sausage Rolls (vegan)
- Easy Pizza Dip
- Mini Puff Pizza Pies with Pesto
Sweet Party Recipes for Hogmanay
- Individual Banoffee Trifles
- Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Mousse (vegan)
- Oreo Chocolate Tiffin (vegan)
A guid New Year to ane an' a' and mony may ye see.