Scotland, a country blessed with a fascinating history, vibrant culture, glorious landscapes and, of course, fabulous food! And we’re not just talking shortbread or haggis. During Scottish Food Fortnight which takes place from September 2 to September 17, why not indulge in some Scottish Extra Special Smoked Salmon or a slab of rich and tender Scottish vension steak.
We've picked out a few of our favourite Scottish products that are definitely worth adding to your trolley this Scottish Food Fortnight, and told you our favourite ways of eating them...
Make a kipper dinner
Scottish kippers used to be served for breakfast but that may not appeal to most of us now. So serve them for supper or make into a cheap but luxurious pâté. Asda Fishmonger’s Selection Scottish Kippers are sustainably sourced and seriously tasty. Simply delicious!
Indulge in some scottish Shortbread
Shortbread is a biscuit cupboard staple and our Extra Special Scottish Selection is made in Scotland with a traditional recipe. Make them into something even more special by spreading the biscuits with mascarpone and topping with sliced strawberries. Or top them with Extra Special Salted Caramel sauce and sprinkle with toasted chopped hazelnuts. Alternatively sandwich thin lemon shortbread rounds with mascarpone mixed with lemon curd. Yum!
Treat yourself to some scottish smoked salmon
Extra Special Smoked Salmon comes in six varieties. All the salmon is farmed off Orkney, Shetland and the West Coast of Scotland. It’s cured with sugar and salt, then smoked in traditional brick kilns. Delicious on its own, it also adds a touch of luxury to many everyday dishes. Try adding it to scrambled egg or to a frittata with peas, new potatoes and chives. We also love it stirred into pasta with soft cheese, parsley and lemon zest.
Try some Scottish Crab meat
Asda Scottish crab meat is perfect for luxurious starters or snacks. Upgrade your prawn cocktail starter to a crab cocktail or mix the crab meat with a little finely chopped red chilli, chopped coriander, lime zest and juice and serve with avocado or on toast.
Flavour your desserts with Raspberries
Parts of Scotland are ideal for growing raspberries. For an easy, impressive dessert, why not try making this raspberry swirl? It looks harder to make than it actually is as the impressive-looking stripes are created with a red sponge mixture. If you fancy a more traditional Scottish dessert, try making cranachan. It's a classic Highlands dessert made with fresh raspberries, cream, heather honey and oatmeal.
Get stuck into some Haggis
Haggis is the traditional meal for Burns Night, served with neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potatoes) and whisky. But why not eat it all year round? Make it into a lasagne – just layer lasagne sheets with haggis and chopped tomatoes, cover with white sauce and bake or make into a special Scottish-style pie – put in a pie dish with diced carrots, cover with pastry and bake.
Snack on some Oatcakes
Scottish oatcakes make a tasty snack; keep some in your desk drawer for peckish moments. You can eat them on their own or add your favourite toppings – try peanut butter and sliced banana or cream cheese and marmalade or paté and a gherkin.
Tea Cakes go perfectly with a cuppa
By Glynis McGuinness