Here in Britain, we are proud of our culinary heritage. Despite the fact, we are a nation that used to serve snails as a delicacy. (Yeah we give the French a hard time but we used to do this too.) in the modern world, we consider ourselves pretty diverse when it comes to our food. Here are some of old blighty’s signature dishes
I swear as a child we had this for dinner eight times a week. Actually, we weren’t particularly well off so we had cottage pie. Made with lamb the great British dish is elevated! There is a national debate over whether you should have cheese on top of it. But surely cheese makes everything better?
Fish and chips
Part of the reason everyone loves Friday. That and the fact for most of us it’s the end of the working week. But it’s mostly the fish and chips thing. Being surrounded by the sea it’s no surprise that seafood features prominently in British culture. We like it smothered in batter and deep fried though.
Roast beef with all the trimmings
I’m not even sure what trimmings are but you have to have all of them with your roast. There are other meats we like to roast in this country, but beef is the one we are most famous for. When the French are bantering with us they call us ‘roast bifs’. Although technically that should be roti de boeuf. But you get the point.
Chicken wrapped in bacon
If you are a man that isn’t great at cooking and you are trying to impress a girl by cooking for her, this is your go to. Usually, we stack a load of cheese in the middle too – because cheese makes everything better. I’m not entirely confident that this was invented in Britain, but the great British bachelor has claimed the dish as his own.
The full English
Okay so this is a breakfast rather than a main meal but it still can’t be beaten. France May have its pain au chocolats, the US its pancakes and Bacon, but in our humble country, we want a plate full of deep-fried meat and carbs. Black pudding is optional.
Chicken Tikka Masala
The actual origins of this are pretty sketchy. Some claim it was a dish invented by our Indian cousins because the British palate couldn’t handle the heat of traditional Indian fare. How much truth is in that is debatable, but there is no doubt curries have become a staple in modern Britain and Tikka Masala is one of our faves.
Steak and Kidney Pie
Not everyone in Britain likes offal. I mean for a start we do have a fair few vegans and they tend not to like it. But there is something about delicate and velvety kidney paired with succulent steak and mouth-watering gravy, wrapped in crumbly pastry. I want one now!
Spaghetti Bolognese – We know, not technically British
It may be Italian in origins but let’s not pretend that we haven’t adopted this dish as our own. Everybody can cook a decent “spag Bol” for many of us it’s the only thing we can cook. The British version would probably be spat out by most Italians. But who cares, we all enjoy food that you have to suck up.
Bangers and Mash
Mashed potatoes and sausage go together likes, erm…peas and carrots? Hearty helpings of onion gravy are also vital. I have heard rumours that some people serve this with peas in an effort to shoehorn one of their five a day into their diet. Good effort.
The great thing about a stew or a casserole (the difference is if they are cooked in the oven or on the hob if you’d ever wondered.) is you can just bung it in a dish and leave it and it cooks itself. Low maintenance cooking at its best and a gorgeous winter warmer.