Tam O’Shanter, a member of the Lawry’s family of restaurants and one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, is creating a new take on the Scottish delicacy Haggis. Foodies have often been hesitant to try Haggis, but the Tam’s interpretation makes it appealing to the masses. The new version-created by Mark Kalenderian, Executive Chef of Tam O’Shanter-will feature a delicious mixture of ground beef and beef liver with flavorful fresh herbs, onions, and a delicate, flaky homemade piecrust that’s baked to perfection (as opposed to lamb stomach encasing in more traditional Haggis). The exciting dish will be served with frisee salad and spicy mustard and will be made in limited quantities but available on the Tam’s daily menu.
Previously, the Tam offered Haggis only during the January birthday celebration of Scottish icon Robert Burns, who introduced the character of Tam O’Shanter in a poem in 1790-the term came to be associated with a large Scottish-style wool hat worn by men. Burns also is known throughout the world for writing the Scottish folk classic, Auld Lang Syne. Now, Haggis is poised to become a popular item along with the Tam’s daily offerings.
posted by Sarah McCallum