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Creamy Whisky Sauce for Veggie Haggis

 Haggis is traditionally served with a creamy whisky sauce. Here is a simple but delicious recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Creamy whisky sauce for haggis whipped up in a measuring jug

CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE FOR VEGGIE HAGGIS

Haggis, neeps and tatties are traditionally served with a creamy whisky sauce in Scotland.

It might not be what you would think of first if you don't live in Scotland, but trust me, we've got it right.

It tastes great with the savoury, lightly spiced veggie haggis and the creamy mashed tatties (potatoes) and neeps (turnips) which are well seasoned with salt and pepper.

My simple but tasty recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

It's made in minutes with no fuss.

Just whip together the ingredients and warm in a pot or the microwave and pour it over your Burns Supper of veggie haggis, neeps and tatties and enjoy.

Oh and make sure you serve it with a wee nip of whisky! A good Scottish whisky of course.


Make your own Easy Vegan Haggis


Ingredients to make creamy whisky sauce for haggis

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE?

  1. Cream - dairy or vegan
  2. Garlic - crushed
  3. Mustard - really makes this sauce taste delicious
  4. Whisky - preferably a good Scottish whisky
  5. Salt & Pepper - a good grinding

A bowl of cream

WHICH CREAM TO USE IN A WHISKY SAUCE


Most people use a thick, double cream to make whisky sauce, but I find it too thick. 

I think it overwhelms all the lovely flavours of a Burns Supper or veggie haggis, neeps and tatties.

I recommend a single cream.

It makes a thinner sauce, that's just as tasty and it won't drown everything.

I'll leave you to decide.

VEGAN CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE


CREAM


Vegan whisky sauce is just as easy.

Just use a vegan cream.

I like Alpro single cream, but Elmlea make both single and double cream. Both are suitable for vegans. 

Of course there are other brands out there.


MUSTARD

I use wholegrain mustard in this sauce with is suitable for vegans. Some dijon mustards are not suitable, so do check the ingredients on the jar.

WHISKY


Scottish whisky is suitable for vegans (well I haven''t found one that isn't yet) and for a more authentic sauce you are best ot use a Scotch Whisky if you can get hold of some.

Be careful if you are using an American whiskey as many of them are sweetened with honey.


looking into a jar of wholegrain mustard


WHICH MUSTARD TO USE IN A WHISKY SAUCE

I like to use wholegrain mustard for sauces and dressings and I use a smoother mustard as a condiment.

Wholegrain mustard is just mustard that is only partially blended, so there are still lots of whole mustard seeds that pop in your mouth as you are eating it and add texture.

It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Some people use dijon mustard in a whisky sauce, but it is not suitable for vegans.

I really do prefer the wholegrain.


A jug of whisky sauce

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE


Making creamy whisky sauce couldn't be simpler!

  1. Add all the ingredients to a jug and whisk together.
  2. Pop in the microwave and heat gently.
  3. Or heat gently in a pot and transfer to a jug.
  4. You want to sauce to be warm and not scalding hot.
  5. Once it is made, taste it to check the seasoning and add more if you think it needs it.
  6. Serve immediately.

CAN I MAKE A CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE FOR CHILDREN OR THOSE THAT DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL?


If you're worried about the alcohol in the whisky sauce for children or those that don't drink alcohol, you can burn it off.

Add the whisky to a small ovenproof dish like a ramekin and light it with a match or lighter, being careful ot to burn yourself.

Let the alcohol burn off for a few seconds, then add it to the sauce.

If you still aren't convinced, you could use make the sauce with the cream, mustard, garlic salt and pepper and no whisky.


HOW LONG WILL CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE KEEP?


Whisky sauce can be made ahead and kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Beware though, it does get stronger the longer it sits in the fridge as the garlic and whisky really intensify the flavour as it sits.

CAN YOU FREEZE CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE?


I wouldn't recommend freezing whisky sauce.

When you freeze cream it becomes grainy and unpleasant.

This sauce is so quick to make, why not just make it fresh?

If you need a smaller portion, you reduce the recipe.


Haggis, neeps and tatties with creamy whisky sauce

SERVING CREAMY WHISKY SAUCE

Creamy whisky sauce is traditionally poured over haggis, neeps and tatties.

Pour it over just before you serve it or serve it in a jug or gravy boat at the table, so your guests can help themselves.

For the best neeps, check out my post How to Cook Neeps.


SERVING SAUCE IN A JUG OR GRAVY BOAT


If you're allowing guests to pour their own whisky sauce, serve it in a jug or gravy boat.

To keep the sauce warm, fill the jug or gravy boat with boiling water from the kettle and leave to sit while you make the sauce.

Once the sauce is warmed though and you are ready to serve, discard the water then pour the warm sauce into your heated jug or gravy boat.

The jug or boat will keep your sauce warm at the table.

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Dinner
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Yield: 3 - 4
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Creamy Whisky Sauce for Haggis

Creamy Whisky Sauce for Haggis

Haggis is traditionally served with a creamy whisky sauce. Here is a simple but delicious recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 1 MinTotal time: 3 Min

Ingredients

  • 250 ml/1 cup  single cream (dairy or vegan)
  • 1-2 tsp wholegrain mustard (I used one but you might like to add more)
  • 3 tsp Scottish whisky
  • 1 small clove garlic (or half a bigger clove), crushed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Crush the garlic.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a jug and whisk.
  3. Warm in the microwave or in a small pot.
  4. Taste to check the seasoning.
  5. Pour into a warmed jug or gravy boat and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes:

You may use single or double cream (dairy or vegan).

Be careful when choosing whisky if you are a vegan, American Whiskey often has honey added to sweeten it. Try to use Scotch whisky if you can.

Whisky sauce can be made ahead and kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Beware though, it does get stronger the longer it sits in the fridge as the garlic and whisky really intensify the flavours.

I wouldn't recommend freezing whisky sauce. When you freeze cream it becomes grainy and unpleasant.


Calories

120.10

Fat (grams)

19.82

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.53

Carbs (grams)

2.13

Fiber (grams)

0.11

Net carbs

2.02

Sugar (grams)

1.87

Protein (grams)

1.92

Sodium (milligrams)

111.75

Cholesterol (grams)

71.25

14 comments

  1. I have always wanted to try haggis but when I know what's it made of I have been hesitant. Now you have inspired me to try the veg version with this amazing sauce. I do make tattie scones once in a while and this sauce is perfect with them!

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    1. Oh what a good idea. I never thought of serving a sauce with tattie scones. I think you will like the vegan haggis, it's so tasty.

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  2. Bintu | Recipes From A PantrySunday, 10 January, 2021

    This sounds like such a tasty sauce! I am definitely going to have to give this a try - it sounds so creamy and delicious.

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  3. This sauce looks fabulous, and am sure tasted amazing. I like the tips about choosing whisky; thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, it was only something I thought about and looked into when I was going to share this recipe because of course I always use Scotch.

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  4. The sauce looks very tasty! Have to say I needed to look up haggis! Interesting about the whole grain mustard, I should try using it more in my sauces & dressings.

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    1. Yes haggis is a very Scottish dish. The vegan version is much nicer and yes do try wholegrain mustard in sauces and dressings, it gives a lot of flavour.

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  5. I would never have thought of adding whisky to a sauce. Have to try this. Jill

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  6. This was a very interesting read and it seems like a good recipe to try someday when I'm not working so much lol. I bet my husband would enjoy this. I will have to bookmark to remember to make it. Happy New Year! Be well.

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  7. I cannot believe this sauce is so easy.I bought haggis so I am going to try this with it

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x