Most of us identify Britain as a nation that lives on comfort food. We do not actually realize that there are traditional British food dishes that actually go beyond bangers and mash, shepard’s pie, and fish and chips. There are many classic British dishes that stand out and will give you a greater understanding of British identity, food and culture. Of these dishes we have compiled the top 10 UK dishes that stand out amongst all.
10. Sunday roast with all the trimmings
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Food has essentially been a part of British culture – never mind the recent fascination with food influenced by the Asian cultures – and Sunday roast has been one such meal. Once upon a time – saying so because it does not happen so much nowadays – families in the UK would gather for a huge roast lunch on Sundays. However, the roast has not lost any of its popularity. It is composed of roasted beef, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey and served with a variety of vegetables such as carrots, roast potatoes and onions, cabbage, peas, Brussels sprouts and ‘pigs in blankets,’ small sausages wrapped in bacon as well as gravy which was made from the juices of the meat “the trimmings.” English mustard, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce, applesauce, redcurrant jelly or mint sauce usually accompanies this meal.
9. Fish and chips
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Fish and chips became a part of british culture in the 19th century and has slowly wormed its way into becoming one of the classic British dishes that have formed an integral part of our everyday life. There is something special about eating this meal, which comes wrapped in a newspaper and piece of white paper. The fish is usually haddock, cod or plaice dipped in batter before being deep-fried.
8. Full English breakfast
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This isn’t exactly one of the everyday traditional British food dishes no matter how it sounds. This occasional indulgence often consists of grilled or fried bacon, sausage, baked beans, fried egg, fried or grilled tomatoes, toast or fried bread, fried mushrooms and slices of fried black pudding.
7. Pink peppercorn scones and Darjeeling
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This is one of the classic British dishes that you cannot avoid should you find yourself on these islands. This meal, which is made from flour, porridge oats, peppercorns, Darjeeling tea, caster sugar and baking powder, taste good with a light application of butter. But the secret is revealed in one of the most highly respected UK dishes when it is accompanied by clotted cream, berry and liquorice jam.
6. Pork scratchings
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Next on our list of top ten UK dishes are pork scratchings. To prepare, all you need is some pork loin, salt, and white wine vinegar. The proper pub food has prepared the best recipe for creating one of the most delicious traditional British food dishes there is.
5. Goat Balti
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We weren’t actually going to include Goat Balti on this list of classic British dishes until we tried out an amazing recipe from Karam Sethi. This Midlands dish is highly recommended for a Friday night out. You would not be disappointed.
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One of the more traditional British food dishes on this list, kedgeree became an integral part of british cuisine thanks to the colonials who brought it over from India pre-14th century. This meal is best eaten before midday and if that does not suit you, at suppertime.
3. Hot pease pudding, baked mushrooms and fried duck egg
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This is one of the UK dishes that emerged from north-east England. This split pea dish has a thick stew like nature and is best accompanied with ham. The vegetarian version has a bit of Marmite to provide you with a salty, savory edge.
2. Glamorgan sausages and mashed potatoes
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We had a few things in store for the veggies. We couldn’t have left them empty handed after all. This dish represents the all encompassing nature of traditional British food dishes. This meal redefines comfort food. With a sausage and mash that is made from potatoes, large onions, chopped parsley, celery, pepper, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk and butter, prepare your taste buds for a hearty experience.
1. Stovies and braised beef
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This is one of the UK dishes with a proud Scottish heritage. Stovies mixed with a bit of braised beef blades and potato based stew is recommended for the refined, matured edge it provides.
These are our top ten traditional British food dishes for your culinary pleasure. Feel free to indulge yourselves as freely as you can while in the United Kingdom. You can also try making one of these to give you an experience of British culture you will not forget.
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