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A haggis is a sausage with the following special features

  • Contains lamb and lamb offal (heart, lungs, kidneys, tongue, liver, suet)
  • Contains oatmeal
  • Uses a lamb stomach as a casing
  • Is steamed

But people often skip a number of these features and still call the result a haggis. Most often, the stomach is swapped for a normal sausage casing. The most extreme case is a "vegan haggis", which is usually a baked casserole.

At it's most generic, a haggis could simply be a sausage consisting of lamb and/or beef and oats. At least one off-flavored gutsy ingredient is probably necessary to get the right flavor.

Traditionally, steel-cut oats are called for, but there are a lot of recipes that substitute rolled oats, toasted in a cast-iron skillet

The following is a very disrespectful google mash-up recipe, but if you choose your own adventure you could make the real thing.

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