Veggie Haggis and Onion Chutney Toasties


These veggie haggis and onion chutney toasties are my second recipe for Burns Night this year. They aren't part of a traditional Burns Supper, but would make a really satisfying lunch or a more casual dinner with some salad and crisps on the side.

There's just something so comforting about a toastie. I don't know why that is, but I would never say no to one.

This toastie is a layered masterpiece. It starts with a thick layer or cream cheese on thick wholemeal bread, next comes a layer or spinach leaves. On top of that there is a generous layer of warm spicy vegetarian haggis and it's finished off with the other slice of bread slathered thickly with sweet onion chutney and grilled until crisp, with those lovely charred grill lines. Mmmmmmm!





What is veggie haggis?


I realise many of you may not have tried or heard of veggie haggis before. It's a traditional Scottish dish a bit like a savoury mince that is usually served with neeps (mashed turnip/swede) and tatties (mashed potatoes), but it makes a great ingredient for so many dishes. 

Vegetarian haggis is a mixture of pulses, root vegetables, mushrooms, oats, seeds and spices. It's utterly heavenly.


What can I make with vegetarian haggis?


There are so many options. You could use it as a baked potato filling, sprinkle it on a pizza, make pasties or fill puff pastry parcels with veggie haggis and vegetables. You can roll it in balls and fry them in a beer batter, make a shepherds pie with it or veggie scotch eggs. You can even make it into a nut loaf with the addition of red lentils. Oh and I mustn't forget burgers. Veggie haggis, neeps and tatties make the most heavenly quick burgers.



I made these amazing veggie haggis burgers with a fresh chilled vegetarian haggis, neeps and tatties pack from McIntosh of Strathmore. They were as simple as throwing the contents of a chilled veggie haggis meal in a bowl with some spices and oats. Mash, mash and voila you have what I like to call instant burgers, ready to be cooked in a couple of minutes. How is that for a quick midweek meal?

McIntosh of Strathmore



We first came across McIntosh years ago. We loved their macaroni cheese, which is a big favourite here in Scotland and were delighted when they brought out a vegetarian version of their haggis, neeps and tatties. I'm hoping they will get around to making a veggie version of their stovies too.

If you love mac and cheese you might want to try their macaroni cheese with spicy mexicana or their macaroni cheese with smoky applewood. If that's not enough macaroni for you, they even make macaroni pies. It's Cooper's macaroni of choice. No other will do. 



Robert Burns Address to a Haggis


Our national poet Robert Burns even wrote a poem to a Haggis in 1786, which is still read out on Burns Night (an evening of celebration in Scotland to celebrate Robert Burns birthday on the 25 January each year) when the haggis is piped into the room, before it's cut into and served. Here is the first verse.

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race! Painch, tripe, or thairm: Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Weel are ye wordy of a grace As lang 's my arm.


I hope I have inspired you to give vegetarian haggis a try and you will enjoy this toastie as much as we did. Do share any ideas you have for serving veggie haggis.



Yield: 2 toasties

Veggie Haggis and Onion Chutney Toasties

This toastie is a layered masterpiece. It starts with a thick layer or cream cheese (dairy or vegan) on thick wholemeal bread, next comes a layer or spinach leaves. On top of that there is a generous layer of warm spicy vegetarian haggis and it's finished off with the other slice of bread slathered thickly with sweet onion chutney and grilled until crisp, with those lovely charred grill lines. Mmmmmmm!
prep time: 8 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 13 mins

ingredients


  • 4 slices thick wholemeal bread
  • 6 tbsp cream cheese (veggie or vegan)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 350g vegetarian haggis
  • 6 tbsp sweet onion chutney

instructions


  1. Heat your sandwich grill.
  2. Remove the haggis from it's wrapper and warm in the microwave for 1 minute or just a little longer depending on your microwave power.
  3. Spread two slices of bread with the cream cheese, top with spinach, and a generous layer of warm veggie haggis.
  4. Spread the last two slices of bread with the chutney and top off your sandwiches.
  5. Grill until hot, crisp and golden.
  6. Serve with salad.
  7. Enjoy!
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Disclosure: I created this recipe for McIntosh of Strathmore. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinion expressed is my own.

12 comments

  1. This looks like one of the best recipes in the world! You're right and I'm not familiar much with the title words but the ingredients and method sounds just delicious. Will be making!

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  2. I've never heard of veggie haggis but these toasties sound incredibly delicious! I would love to try this for lunch!

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    1. It's lovely stuff. Definitely try it if you get the chance.

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  3. I love haggis in any form! :D and damn that onion chutney looks to die for! Especially paired up with the haggis! Droooooling!

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    1. Oh yes it's the perfect combination of sweet tangy chutney against spicy warm veggie haggis.

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  4. This looks so flavorful - thank you for sharing!

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  5. I have never heard of veggie haggis before, but it sounds great and a lovely toastie filling idea. This sounds really hearty.

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    1. Yes it makes for a really hearty and tasty toastie. I hope you try it.

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  6. This looks superb - I love your addition of onion chutney - sounds like a great way to celebrate burns night - I am inspired by your burger but will try and keep this idea in mind for leftover haggis - happy haggis hunting or whatever you do on burns night - ha ha!

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    1. Happy Burns Night (last night) Johanna. I know you will have been enjoying some veggie haggis too.

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