Celebrate Scottish culture with these 7 St Andrew’s Day recipes that will warm up your toes on a cold, winter’s day. And discover distinctively Scottish dishes to make all year.
Observed for centuries, St Andrews Day is a celebration of all things Scottish, from food to dance, music, and more. These 7 recipes are deliciously perfect to celebrate Scotland’s St Andrew’s Day.
What is St Andrew’s Day?
St. Andrew’s Day is celebrated in Scotland on November 30. A national day set aside to honor their patron, St. Andrew.
Andrew, a disciple of Jesus and elder brother to St Peter, was a fisherman in Galilee. He became the official patron saint when Scotland’s independence was declared with the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
St Andrew became connected to Scotland through the Pictish King Oengus I “who built a monastery in the Fife town of Kinrymont after the relics of the saint were brought to the town from Greece in the eighth century.”
That town became a center of pilgrimage and was later renamed St Andrews, the site where the famous university now stands.
Scotland celebrates St Andrew’s Day on November 30th with activities and demonstrations of Scottish culture, including dancing, music, food, and drink, with parties going on long into the cold winter night. Although this year, many of the festivities will be virtual.
St Andrew’s Day Recipes and Distinctively Scottish Dishes
Scotland’s traditional dish is haggis, a savory meat pudding traditionally served with mashed potatoes, turnips (known as ‘neeps’) and a whisky sauce.
Yet there is so much more to Scotland’s cuisine. It’s been said that food is the lifeblood of Scottish culture. “From mouth-watering Aberdeen Angus steaks, to world-renowned seafood such as wild trout, salmon, oysters, and langoustines.”
Here are a few distinctively Scottish dishes visitscotland.org recommends when visiting this beautiful land.
More Scottish Recipes
With a long line of Scottish heritage, I find myself seeking and making recipes using Scottish elements. Here are a few favorite Scottish recipes:
- An Easy Scottish Afternoon Tea to Remember
- Classic Scottish Shortbread for your Christmas Cookie Tray
- Scottish Millionaire Shortbread: A Favorite Holiday Treat
- Scottish Oat Maple Scones
- Cheddar and Onion Scottish Breakfast Sandwich