The sea is an inseparable part of Plockton. For centuries, the local community in this Scottish village has thrived on fishing and crofting. So, it’s quite obvious that the restaurants in Plockton use the local catch of fish in their food preparations.
However, it’s not just seafood that the restaurants have on their menu. You’ll have excellent varieties of Scotland’s traditional foods to choose from while dining at any of these restaurants. Here are some of the traditional Scottish foods you can try when you are in Plockton:
This is the national dish of Scotland. Haggis is a delicious pudding, which is prepared using meat from the innards of sheep. It is mixed with oatmeal, suet, onions, dried herbs, and other seasonings. Once combined, these ingredients are stuffed inside a sheep’s stomach and cooked.
While this description is certainly not appetizing, you’ll forget about everything when you begin eating it. This savory dish has a nutty texture and a great flavor. Once you’re done having the serving of Haggis, you’ll certainly feel full and satisfied.
2. Cullen Skink
The origins of this popular soup of Scotland can be traced to a small village called Cullen. It is located in the north-eastern part of the country. This creamy soup is made using smoked haddock, potatoes, cream, and onions. It is typically served with toasted bread. The local recipes for this soup may have certain variations.
In some of the variations, they may use milk instead of water. In others, they may mash the potatoes in order to make a thicker soup. No matter what the variation is, you’ll find it on the menus of restaurants across the country.
3. Scottish Porridge
Dating back to the early days of Scotland, this dish is commonly eaten for breakfast. It is quite unlike the porridge that the non-Scottish people are familiar with. This particular porridge is made using salt instead of sugar. So, rather than a sweet breakfast, you’ll have a savory one.
It is prepared with fresh oats cooked in milk and makes for a wonderful meal to start off your day. Before heading out of your hotel for a sightseeing tour, have this filling dish for breakfast.
4. Scotch Pie
Another dish that originated in this country, Scotch pie is a small but extremely delicious dish. It is a double-crust pie filled with minced meat, usually mutton. This filling of mutton is often spiced with pepper and other ingredients.
Generally, the types and quantities of spice used is kept secret by individual makers of the Scotch pie. This form of pie is baked in a round tin. It is about 4 centimeters in height and 8 centimeters in diameter. Owing to the pie’s hard crust, it needs no wrapping and is eaten by hand.
5. Neeps and Tatties
Neeps and tatties are often served alongside Haggis, the national dish of Scotland. They are made using root vegetables that are boiled and mashed before serving as side dishes. Haggis and neeps and tatties together can be an exciting food to try.
It is commonly served during the ‘Burns Supper’, which is a part of Robert Burns’ birthday celebrations. Neeps and tatties are featured in various kinds of dishes in Scotland. When served alongside Haggis, they make for a healthy and delicious meal.