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A Traditional Scottish Christmas Dinner

Updated on November 29, 2008

Christmas Dinner

Because Alison and myself believe that Christmas day is for the children,we have a buffet instead of a meal and save Christmas dinner until boxing day,the idea of the buffet is to let the children play with all of their new toys and if they get hungry they just go to the table and take something we started this 3 years ago and found that the children actually eat more this way.

but on boxing day we will sit down to some traditional Scottish fayre.

below you will find a traditional Scottish Christmas menu.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup


3lb chicken (giblets removed)

3 slices of streaky bacon

1lb shin of beef

2 lb leeks

1 large onion

5 fluid ounces Scotch whisky

4 pints water

1 level tablespoon dried tarragon

Salt and pepper

8 pre-soaked prunes



Mix the whisky, tarragon and sugar in the water. Chop up the bacon and place the chicken, bacon and beef in a large bowl and pour over the whisky marinade. Leave to soak overnight. Place the chicken etc in a large soup pot. Chop up the leeks keep 1 and an onion and add to the pot. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for two hours, removing any scum as required. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove skin and bones. Chop the meat into small pieces and return to the pot. Cut up the shin of beef, Add the prunes and the last chopped leek and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. It will serve up to eight people.

Scottish Christmas Turkey


The Turkey

4.6 - 5.6 kg (12 - 14lb) turkey, plus giblets

3oz butter, softened

Streaky bacon rashers, remove any rind (optional)

1 tsp grated orange rind


2oz butter

5oz unsmoked back bacon, finely chopped

10oz onion, finely chopped

8oz medium oatmeal, lightly toasted

3oz wholemeal breadcrumbs

2 large eggs, beaten

1.5oz suet

1 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Salt and freshly ground pepper



1 pint well flavoured stock made from the giblets

2.5 tbsp cornflower

3 tbsp orange juice

4 tbsp whisky


Weigh the turkey to the cooking time, allow 20 minutes per 500g/lb. Place the turkey in a roasting tin. brush with half the softened butter, season with salt and pepper. Place bacon rashers on the breast, or if no bacon cover with baking foil. Roast at 190 degree/C 350 degrees F/Gas Mark 5, basting from time to time. Remove the bacon or tin foil 30 minutes before the end of cooking, mix the orange rind with the remaining butter and brush over the turkey to get a nice brown colour.

Cooking time: Allow 20 minutes per 500gm/lb Do not deviate from recommended cooking times when cooking poultry.

When the turkey is cooked, test that the turkey is cooked by piercing with a skewer on the thigh and if cooked the juices should be clear.

Place the turkey onto a large plate or serving dish and allow to stand for 15 minutes, while you make your gravy.


Heating the butter in a pan, add bacon, onion and cook over medium heat for 4 - 5 minutes. Pour into a bowl and then let it stand to cool. Add the other ingredients and mix together. Wipe the inside of the turkey and stuff the neck end, folding in the neck skin and securing with a metal skewer. Extra stuffing can be put into a small greased loaf tin, covered with foil and cooked for 40 minutes in the oven at the end of the cooking time for the turkey.


Skim the fat off the juices from the turkey, put the juices into a saucepan and add the stock. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

Blend the cornflower with the orange juice, stir into the pan and stir until boiling. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add whisky and season after tasting and strain into a warmed gravy boat.

Preparation time: 40 minutes.

serve with mashed potato and brussel sprouts.

Whisky and Chocolate Crunch


6 oz chocolate Graham Crackers

1 pint whipped cream

3 tablespoons whisky

1 oz caster sugar (granulated sugar)

2 egg whites

2 drops vanilla essence (extract)

1 oz toasted split almonds

Grated chocolate for decoration


Finely crush the chocolate Graham Crackers and spread equally in the bottom of six sundae dishes. Whip together the cream, whisky, sugar and vanilla until stiff. Separately, whip the egg whites until they are also stiff and then fold into the cream mixture. Spoon equal quantities into the dishes over the biscuits. Chill and finally decorate with the toasted almonds and grated chocolate.

Of course because we have kids we don't add whisky to any of the dishes,but they taste just as good.....jimmy


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      7 years ago

      Great help for a school project:)

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      9 years ago

      Having 10 Scots for dinner & that is what I entered in Google, this came up I am going to make the Whisky and Chocolate Crunch for desert, too hot just now for Turkey & soup but will make it another time,

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      Joilene Rasmussen 

      9 years ago from United States

      I've had this hub bookmarked to read sometime for...well, too long. I probably won't wait for Christmas to try these recipes.

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      James Paterson 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Princessa, you should try it, it is better than it sounds.....jimmy

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      The buffet is a very good idea for Christmas day, I would like to try that. We usually have our Christmas dinner on the 24th so we can actually open the presents at midnight -sorry, we can wait!

      BTW I love the Cock-a-Leekie Soup. I have not tried the Whisky and Chocolate Crunch but it sounds delicious, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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      James Paterson 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      To You too Fun with trains.....jimmy

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      9 years ago from USA

      Nice hub! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      James Paterson 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks UninvitedWriter I really did not know that, that is great news, I am so sorry for the late reply but i have just found this comment,take care.....jimmy

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I found this when I was searching on Google for Scottish Christmas dinner, you are number 5...on anyway :)

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      James Paterson 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      turkeys are bred in the uk mainly for christmas,but there is a factory in norfolk which produces different processed turkey meals all round the year.....jimmy

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      James Paterson 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      thanks for the comments guys .....jimmy

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      You always post interesting stuff about Scotland. My knowledge about your country has expanded 10 times since reading your hubs.

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      Madame Sosostris 

      11 years ago

      O, Jimmy, it looks and sounds delicious! I will try the Whiskey and Chocolate Crunch recipe, O yes, I will, for it sounds divine! And your children are lucky to have such parents as you and Alison!

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      11 years ago from San Francisco, California

      I didn't know that turkey was common in Scotland, jimmythejock. This is an intersting Hub for me!


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