Scottish Recipes: Skirlie
Skirlie accompanies meats, Game Birds, Cod with Mustard Sauce, Soups or mashed potatoes. Uncooked, its nutty texture makes a delicious stuffing for chicken or boiled mutton. It is also known as Mealie Pudding in some parts of Scotland, where it is steamed in a greased basin for one hour before being turned out. Small spoonfuls are often rolled into balls and cooked in boiling soup like dumplings.
2 cups medium oatmeal
2 cups medium onions, finely chopped
4 oz grated suet or
4 tablespoons good dripping
freshly ground pepper
Serves 4 - 6.
- Melt suet or dripping in a very hot pan.
- Add onions, brown lightly.
- Stir in oatmeal to make a fairly thick mixture.
- Keep stirring 5 - 7 minutes on gentle heat until totally cooked.
- Season to taste.
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