The answer lies with the Scottish writer called Robert Burns. When he wrote his eight-verse ‘Address to a Haggis’ he had no idea that it would be repeated around the globe every January at haggis-fuelled suppers, but after his death in 1796 his friends organised a Burns Supper in his honour and the tradition continues to this day.

Burns unwittingly elevated haggis from its humble origins to something iconic so we like to think of him as the patron saint of haggis.


Be it a smart, formal affair or a relaxed family gathering, the star of any Burns Supper is the haggis, however, you don’t have to stick to the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, here are some versatile recipe ideas to get you thinking …


For party pleasing canapés, try these mini haggis treats.


Whilst Burns Night revellers may number in their thousands, the same haggis-fuelled fun can be experience at home. This haggis and cherry tomato dish is a great twist on a family favourite.


For a swift feed, grab a Macsween Haggis in a Hurry slice which microwave in just 60 seconds, perfect for a quick snack before heading out to a party. Serve with nachos, salsa and cheese for Tex-Mac heaven, the recipe is available here.


While the 25th January is an important date, don’t forget that haggis is a wonderfully flexible dish and can be eaten on any day of the year. Visit Macsweens recipe pages to find a multitude of recipe ideas.