Haggis in Minneapolis
August 4, 2009 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Can haggis be had in Minneapolis?

We will be spending a couple of days in Minneapolis. My girlfriend lived in Scotland for five years and really liked haggis when she was there. I've never tried it, since I generally don't eat red meat (I am not militant about this though). I am food adventurous, and am willing to give most anything a shot. This just seems like one of those things that would be fun to say I've done.

We'll be in MN tomorrow and Thursday, and would like to track this down. Is there is a restaurant that serves haggis? Is there a butcher or independent market that sells it to cook at home? We are not interested in purchasing the ingredients to make it ourselves (I do cook, but would be a bit weird to make something I have no idea what it's supposed to taste like).

I think we'd prefer the take home option.
posted by cjorgensen to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I heard something about this very thing last night on NPR. Unfortunately, according to them, the answer is no. Haggis contains lamb lungs which, in the eyes of the FDA, are unfit for human consumption and allegedly carry risk of transferring tuberculosis.

If you want haggis, you have to leave the US... or obtain 'vegetarian' haggis (which they apparently make).
posted by kaseijin at 2:28 PM on August 4, 2009

This link claims that Holy Land has it.
posted by nathan_teske at 2:43 PM on August 4, 2009

Hmm. Our local butcher has haggis. Maybe they leave the lamb lungs out.
posted by Kimberly at 2:56 PM on August 4, 2009

They do make lung-free haggis. (I'm not sure that the contents of haggis are set in stone.) I've had it shipped to me from somewhere in Texas but now I can't find the company.
posted by small_ruminant at 2:57 PM on August 4, 2009

My wife tells me that Seward Co-op is also selling it, minus the lamb lungs, I suspect.
posted by iwhitney at 3:33 PM on August 4, 2009

Fascinating and fun though the concept is (halal haggis!) I don't think Holy Land would have a prepared haggis for sale. As a frequent Holy Land customer, I can vouch that they'd have most of the required bits for assembling your own, which is what I think the link is talking about. The 'lights' might be an issue due to the abovementioned FDA regs, though.

(On many days, you could assemble almost an entire sheep from the contents of Holy Land's meat display. Ask for goat at the back window, they'll pull an entire side out of the freezer onto the saw, and ask you how much you want.)
posted by gimonca at 3:48 PM on August 4, 2009

The MySpace page for the Minnesota Scottish Fair also mentions Seward Co-op. (Scroll down a bit.)
posted by gimonca at 3:53 PM on August 4, 2009

In years past, I recall seeing it at Macalester College's Scottish Fair. I imagine that there must be butchers in the area who sell it.
posted by crenquis at 3:54 PM on August 4, 2009

Also, it's sold in cans at our local stores. Not sure if canned haggis counts.
posted by small_ruminant at 4:45 PM on August 4, 2009

We're hoping to get it premade, but not in a can. I was even just trying to find it online frozen. I think we'll try to hit the Seward Co-op, see if that comes close. Still open to suggestions, since I will have connectivity for the next two days.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:15 PM on August 4, 2009

Seward Co-Op had haggis sausage last night. All natural casing, oatmeal and organ meats. The traditional whisky of quality to bathe said haggis can be had at Zipps liquor which is further down Franklin Ave.

It is a popular meat item. You may be lucky and pick up some tats and neeps from the hot deli section too for that full flavor feel.

If you call the meat guy at Seward I am sure that you can get it with the sheep stomach and all for that full authentic flavor.
posted by jadepearl at 7:38 PM on August 4, 2009

Ok, just got off the phone with "Kyle in the meat department." He says their haggis is in a "beef round," which he described as part of the bovine intestine like the stomach, "but further down." (I decided to not ask how much further.)

We're staying not too terribly far from there, so think we'll get it tomorrow, and if we're up for it tomorrow night, will trying it.

They list it at $3.99 a pound (I believe).

Any errors, including the person's name that are wrong, and entirely due to me.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:43 PM on August 5, 2009

Thanks everyone! Just finished eating these. I have no frame of reference so can't swear by the authenticity.

It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I'm happy though. I found that it tasted a bit like ground beef with a different texture.

Three pics of what we got.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:30 PM on August 7, 2009

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