One thing about Scotland is that it gets cold. It also rains. A lot. But that’s part of the beauty and character of this wonderful country. You may hear a Scot complaining about the weather but if you ask them if they ever want to leave their land, you likely will not hear a ‘yes’ in response. They are a proud people who love their country, hill climbing and of course Scottish dishes. I learned a lot from my local friends during my time there.
In preparation for my first day of hill climbing it was particularly chilly. Add to that the windy air on our ferry over to the Isle of Arran and a hot warm cup of coffee and breakfast was exactly what I needed. Fortunately for me, most ferries come equipped with dining areas in Scotland. And in those dining areas they sell one of the most delicious and perhaps the most ubiquitous sandwich of the land.
Of all the Scottish dishes, this beautiful breakfast roll became one of my favorites. Traditional breakfast ingredients for this roll include a Lorne square sausage, ham, bacon, hash browns, cheese, an egg of any style and sometimes even potato scones. Served with brown sauce (HP) packets, these little sandwiches are sold at nearly every corner store, breakfast spot and in this case, the ferry cafeteria. Simple and tasty, this is a solid sit-down or street food option at a generally affordable value, averaging around $3 to $6. I had these for breakfast as much as possible and they were great every time.
The roll itself is known as a bap bun. Also popular for making lunch or dinner sandwiches, you can find just the bread in just about everywhere groceries are sold. We made our own one day with Lorne square sausages, scones, ham, bacon, eggs and HP. Add some strawberries and some orange juice and enjoy! Yum!
Available as restaurant meal and take-away option, steak pie is another local favorite. In Glasgow and Edinburgh you can also find it as a street food option in a smaller, hand-held portion. The steak is marinated and served with a fluffy pie crust on top. My friend recommended this particular choice to bake at home and it was fantastic.
Served with some organic peas, locally farmed potatoes and some local beer, this was a great dinner option for around $15 total. It took about 30 minutes to bake. We added some brown sauce and a few beers and it made for a great dinner.
Another local staple, no visit to this country is complete without trying this Scottish dish. A concoction of sheep heart, liver, lungs, onion, oatmeal and spices tastes a lot better than it sounds. Personally I’m not very squeamish but if you are, the texture is similar to hamburger, just a bit nutty. It’s also very good!
This Scottish dish is generally served with a sauce of reduced stock, “neeps” (rutabaga) and “tatties” (potatoes). That’s how it was served here when I ordered it. Generally dished out in a large portion, I couldn’t finish all of the potatoes but really enjoyed the meal. I would certainly order it again.
With my love for street food, the Scottish roll was perhaps my favorite of the local dishes. It’s a tough call though, because steak pie and haggis are not to be missed when they’re done right. I recommend taking a step out of your comfort zone and giving haggis a try, if you’re a little scared of it. You just may surprise yourself. I know I did.
I hope you enjoy some Scottish dishes soon!
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