Savoury Puffs for Bonfire Night

Savoury puffs for Bonfire Night made with vegetarian haggis and vegetables encased in golden puff pastry

Savoury Puffs. Don't they look good in their golden splendour? Puff pastry pies are always a treat.

I know you are going to love them.

The dark nights are closing in and it feels like winter. The dread excitement builds as Christmas hurtles towards us, but first we have some fun.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night Rhyme

Remember remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Guy Fawkes Night fireworks

What is Guy Fawkes Night ?

Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night as we also call it is a strange ritual in Britain. An evening where we get together and remember a night in 1605 when Guy Fawkes used 36 barrels of gunpowder in his atttempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, to kill King James I and restore a Catholic government to power.

He failed

He hanged

I told you it was strange. The government of the time wasn't popular, so we love to celebrate the wee man having a go at getting rid of them. A bit macabre I know, but all in good fun.

What happens on Bonfire Night?

  1. Children make a guy out of old clothes and bits and pieces. It will later be burned on the fire to symbolise Guy Fawkes.
  2. Children travel around their neighbourhood asking for a "penny for the guy" (although I am not sure if this is done as frequently as it was when I was a child. Our local bonfires were a neighbourhood affairs, set up by children with the help of a few adults, but now most displays in Scotland are official ones set up by the local council, including the bonfire).
  3.  The fire is lit with the guy (effigy of guy fawkes) sitting proudly atop. People begin to gather for the fun ahead.
  4. Later in the evening a firework show begins near the bonfire.

Remember it's cold on Bonfire Night

We wrap up warmly in woolly scarves, hats & gloves and join the procession heading to our local park, to listen to loud music, watch the fires sizzling and ohhhh and ahhhh as each rocket explodes in a noisy, colourful sparkle in the sky.

We eat!

We eat hot soup in flasks, baked potatoes wrapped in foil to keep them warm, warm flaky pastries, crunchy toffee apples.........

Hand held treats and hot drinks are essential!

Savoury Puffs for Bonfire Night

Yield: 6-8 puffs
Simple puff pastry parcels filled with a savoury filling of vegetarian haggis, peas and sweetcorn, with an optional hit of flavour from wholegrain mustard. Perfect for Bonfire Night,  Burns Night or just something different for packed lunches.

Savoury Puffs

Simple puff pastry parcels filled with a savoury filling of veggie haggis, peas and sweetcorn, with an optional hit of flavour from wholegrain mustard.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 1 vegetarian haggis
  • 1 packet puff pastry
  • 75g/½ cup frozen peas
  • 75g/½ cup frozen sweetcorn
  • 2-3 tbsp wholegrain mustard (optional, children may prefer tomato puree)
  • a splosh of milk or soya milk


  1. Take your puff pastry out of the fridge to allow it to come to
    room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190c /170c/375f /Gas Mark 5.
  3. Roll your pastry on a lightly floured board until it is quite thin.
  4. Use a saucer or small cereal bowl to cut circles out of the pastry. 
  5. On on half of the pastry add a filling of veggie haggis and a scattering of frozen peas and sweetcorn. If you want to, you can spread some mustard on the pastry first. 
  6. Wet the edges of the circle with water and fold the half with no filling over the half with filling. Press down the edges and crimp with your fingers,.
  7. Slash the top of each puff a couple of times to let steam out and pop onto a baking tray.
  8. Brush each puff with milk or an egg wash and bake for 20 minutes until the puffs are beautiful and golden.
  9. Enjoy!
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Simple puff pastry parcels filled with a savoury filling of vegetarian haggis, peas and sweetcorn, with an optional hit of flavour from wholegrain mustard. Perfect for Bonfire Night,  Burns Night or just something different for packed lunches.

Vegetarian Haggis

The beauty of using veggie haggis in these puffs is that it doesn't need to be cooked first, you can just scoop it out of it's packet. If you cannot find any veggie haggis, you can make your own, you can find the recipe over at Green Gourmet Giraffe.

In case you haven't tried it before, vegetarian haggis is a blend of finely chopped and cooked root vegetables, oats, pulses, spices and seeds. It's absolutely heavenly stuff and a great all round ingredient.

I use it in pasties with mustard and cubes of potato, pasties filled with layers of veggie haggis, tatties and baked beans, as a baked potato filling, in vegetarian scotch eggs, as a starter in veggie haggis bites which are covered in a spiced crispy beer batter, I also make instant vegan burgers my husband says are the best he has ever tasted, veggie clangers with a savoury haggis and mustard at one end and a sweet apple filling at the other and finally I make a veggie haggis and red lentil nut roast that is perfect for Burns Night served with a creamy whisky sauce.

If you are looking for more puff pastry treats, check out my 25 Awesome Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans and my Sunday Dinner special butternut, red pepper and potato puff pastry plait.

Happy Bonfire Night Everyone!


  1. I've never heard of veggie haggis! what a grand idea. I do miss Guy Fawkes night here in the US - can't seem to get anyone excited about it!! Love this recipe
    mary x

    1. Hi Mary, It doesn't have any significance over there at all. They must think we are all nuts. I bet you miss being cozied up on a cold night, with the smell of smoke in the air, watching the bonfire and fireworks :)

    2. I know I do.
      Even if you all are nuts. ;)
      I miss autumn in Scotland. Enjoy it for me.

    3. I will, but I know you will be glad to miss out on the Winter here, I know how much you hated it :)

  2. Wow veggie haggis are a great idea!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Friday

  3. looks so delicious and i also love the ready made puff pastry

    1. I learned to make puff pastry at school, but life is just too short and the ready made pastry is so good I just use that. Saves a lot of time too.

  4. Great idea Jac - going to steal this one me thinks ;0)

    1. So simple, but they are really satisfying and very tasty. You will have no problem finding veggie haggis in Edinburgh Chele:)

  5. beautiful idea Jacs... love them... I put veggie stuffing in the mix too, which adds a more Christmassy flavour... very inspiring!

  6. Everybody likes fireworks, of course, and any excuse to shoot them off is a good one. :) You just don't have a 4th of July celebration. ;)

  7. We have no reason to celebrate this here but there will be fireworks :)

  8. They look like perfect snacks for bonfire night. We have a family birthday here so it's always an occasion.

    1. A bit like Cooper on New Years Eve. Have a good day for the birthday :)

  9. yum - sounds like a great way to eat haggis and a great winter warmer for bonfire night - love your description of the night - wish we had it here (though I am enjoying the longer evenings)

    1. Yes, I am jealous of your summer. We didn't even have one this year. Oh well, we will just have to enjoy our fun instead :)

  10. Great recipe, Jacqueline. I love veggie haggis (or the real thing) and these seem like a great way to serve it differently.

  11. A very interesting celebration. Makes me want to start doing it on my own even though I have no connection to it. Lovely looking puffs.

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