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Traditional British food recipes

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Yorkshire pudding can be used for both savory and sweet preparations
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Traditional British food recipes are the first step in exploring English cuisine

Among many other characteristics, England is often known for its food. And although the stereotype is not a good one, many traditional British food recipes are delicious and far from the over-cooked, tasteless preconception.

Hearty, warm and full of flavor, British food is enjoyed all over the world. Although Indian and Asian fare are part of the English modern cuisine, there’s almost no beating England’s traditional meals and recipes.

Bubble and Squeak

If you’re looking for gourmet food, "bubble and squeak" likely won’t fit the bill.

However, this does not mean the dish isn't tasty. Bubble and squeak is a sort of comfort food and is often made out of leftovers. However, using fresh and high-quality ingredients can elevate the taste and make bubble and squeak a regular go-to.

To start, boil 1 lb. of peeled and chopped potatoes in salted water for 25 minutes, or until fork tender. Place the cooked, drained potatoes in a bowl with 2 oz. of butter and mash the two ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



Shred 8 oz. of cabbage and throw it in a dish, along with 3 tbsp. of water and half an ounce of butter. Cover the dish and cook until the cabbage is tender, or about 10 minutes. Mix the cabbage and potatoes together and add a bit more salt and pepper, if needed. Place 2 tbsp. of sunflower oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan and let it heat up. Add a chopped onion to the oil and allow it to cook, then place the cabbage and potato mixture in the pan. Use the back of your spoon or a spatula to flatten the mixture in the pan.

Let the ingredients cook for about 15 minutes, or until it is golden brown. Then flip the cabbage and potato mixture, add a little more oil and cook the other side for about 10 minutes. You should have a hearty, crispy, tasty dish that will warm your soul and satisfy your appetite.

Yorkshire Pudding

Perhaps the most popular traditional British food is Yorkshire pudding. Although not sweet like American puddings, this savory treat is delicious and often served with roast.

Make the pudding by beating an egg and adding ½ cup of milk. Combine the two lightly, then gradually beat in ½ cup of sifted, all-purpose flour and ¼ tsp. of salt until the batter is smooth. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes.

Pour ¼ cup of bacon drippings in an 8-by-8 glass or non-stick baking pan or divide it equally among a six-cup muffin tin. Place the dish inside your preheated 450-degree oven until it gets hot, but before it starts to smoke. Pour the batter inside the pan or muffin tin and place it in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until done. The puddings should be fluffy and oh-so-warming.

Pour gravy over the puddings for a savory dish, or sweeten things up by spreading butter and high-quality jelly over top. Either way, you're sure to be satisfied with this traditional British staple.

Traditional British food recipes are fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat. Surprise your friends and family with a trip across the pond tonight by serving these delicious recipes.

Resources:

Britain Express: Bubble and Squeak

Britain Express: Yorkshire Pudding


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