Skirlie. It doesn’t come across as the most appealing dish, but it’s done us Scots no harm over the years.
Love it or loathe it, the delicacy has a pretty interesting fact-file.
From it serving as a hangover cure and its meaning causing confusion to our international neighbours, here’s 11 things you may not have known about Scottish skirlie.
1) Topping it with a fried egg makes for a hearty meal
2) It’s not the name for the noise made by bagpipes
3) It’s most commonly served with chicken, but it tastes good with almost everything
4) It’s packed with calories
5) It’s a good hangover cure. Apparently.
6) It’s not at all wasteful
It was originally cooked to ensure that its ingredients weren’t wasted with the meat being salted down and the insides made into the mealie pudding.
7) It’s also totally freezable
8) It’s also known as ‘poor man’s haggis’
Often served with neeps and tatties, it’s also known as the less expensive version of a sheep’s insides.
9) It’s a prize winner
It was recently featured in the winning dish of NHS Scotland’s good food challenge.
The skirlie dumplings were served with turnip and bacon and soup, and a main course of haggis beef olive with all the trimmings.
10) It was once the plotline of a school play
11) The internet dubs it a ‘Scottish dish’
But is it native to a certain part of the country? We’re claiming it for the north!