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Orcadian Clapshot Recipe: Tatties And Neeps

Updated on January 26, 2012
Orcadian Clapshot
Orcadian Clapshot

Orcadian Clapshot

Clapshot is a filling potato and turnip dish that has its origins in Orkney, Scotland. Clapshot can be served as a vegetable side dish, as an accompaniment to haggis or as a complete dish on its own right. Clapshot is extremely versatile and is equally at home served with roasted pork, beef, or lamb as an alternative to roast or mashed potato.

Haggis, neeps and tatties is the quintessential Burns Night Supper. Rather than serving individual portions of turnip (neeps) and potatoes (tatties) Clapshot combines both into one.

Orcadian Clapshot Recipe:


  • 1 Pound (450g) boiled potatoes
  • 1 Pound (450g) boiled turnip
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces (60g) butter


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes and turnip.
  2. Place diced vegetables in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook until tender.
  3. Drain off the potatoes and turnips, add the butter and chopped chives and mash until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Serve hot.

Other Ingredients:

Although not entirely in keeping with the traditional Clapshot recipe, it is common to add bacon or cheese depending on your taste and what you are serving Klapshot with.

Replacing the butter with lard would be more authentic albeit a little less healthy.

Other Names:

In Scotland Orcadian Clapshot is also called Orkney Clapshot, or just Clapshot.

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      Sheila 2 years ago

      I don't think a dish of potatoes and turnips (or swedes) is particularly Scottish. My mother often made this dish way back in the 30s in west Midlands.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Peter Hoggan, this is a photogenic culinary dish! I'm partial to turnips, so it's nice to see them appreciated in Scottish recipes. Orcadian clapshot would totally satisfy me as a main dish.

      As usual, your details on the culinary background are wonderfully informative.

      Thank you.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Peter Hoggan, What great learning and mouth-watering fun to come across an article such as this! You excel at defining unfamiliar terms in memorable ways. You also do a great job of situating the particular dish within the wider culinary and cultural contexts. Sometimes one finds a compelling recipe but has no clue as what to serve it with or how to vary it. You anticipate both of these concerns what with ending with authentic and less traditional variations as well as specifying the roles which clapshot may assume in the meals of Scotland.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all,


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      Peter Hoggan 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Rebecca, please come back and share how you get on.

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Interesting recipes! I love turnips, may have to try this one!Thanks for sharing!