The people of Britain know each and every food on how to serve the winter warmers. Well the reason behind this being that it has a fair share of wind, rain and gray skies and it is hardly a surprise that this nation has developed a cuisine which is high in carbohydrates thick with meats and doused in rich gravy.
Here are some of the exclusive foods which are British comfort foods which can be easily mouth watering to have.
1. Toad in the Hole
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Not to worry as you will not see a toad in the dish. Instead what you can get is delicious sausages nestled and cooked into a proper batter which bakes high right above the sausages giving you the visual effect that the toads are peeking out right from their holes.
This dish is usually served with vegetables and gravy which has been cooked with fried onions.
2. Pea and Ham Soup
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This soup is green, thick with crammed baked ham which surely melts in the mouth and you should be warned as this soup to be an appetizer as you can even manage this even for an entree.
This is best served with warm crusty bread and if you are in for real treat add a dollop of creme fraiche for extra yummy richness. You can try for an alternative which can be a thinner soup made with split peas very like lentils.
3. Stew and Dumplings
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This one is typically made with beef and vegetables like carrots, leeks and onions and also the base ingredients which are slow cooked in a pot with stock for hours giving the meat to tenderize and add gravy to thicken.
The dumplings are usually made from suet which provides a right doughy way to soak up stew juices which are added right toward the end of cooking. Beef can easily be substitutes with chicken and lamb or extra winter root vegetables to get a different taste.
4. Fish Pie
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For those looking for winter comfort food but certainly without gravy then fish pie is the perfect choice. Traditionally white fish like cod or haddock was used but the recipes have widened to include various other ingredients like salmon and prawns.
The fish and seafood are cooked in creamy white sauce and are exclusively topped with deep crust of particular mashed potato. They serve with vegetables to keep the nutrient intake up right during cold days and nights.
5. Pie and Mash
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Pie and mash had its origins in the East End of London where it was served during the Victorian Era to the people of the working class.
This was created from the glut of eels right from River Thames and was wrapped in pastry to make it transportable from one place to another. Mash was then added as a cheap way to complete the meal.
In the present times, meat replaces the eels and though in the East End green-colored eel gravy is known as “liquor” and is still served as a tradition.
But surely you cannot beat steak and ale pie which is served with generous dollop of creamy mash and an endless supply of meat gravy.
6. Bangers and Mash
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This was named right during the time when sausages usually had high water content and tended to pop, bang and sizzle in the pan; bangers are surely the British favorite and make the perfect comfort food.
There are many varieties of sausages which one can choose from. They are usually made from pork or beef and flavored with various combinations of seasoning which ranges from sage to apple to chili.
The Cumberland sausage is surely fun and tasty swirl of a sausage which will fill even the biggest appetite. His one is best served with onion gravy with a British Ale to wash it all down.
7. Cottage Pie
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When you thought that there was not a possible to serve another variation of meat and potatoes you will discover cottage pie. The base ingredient is ground beef which is cooked in gravy with vegetables like carrots, onion and peas. A generous portion of mashed potato is placed right on top and when cooked, the pie comes out with a crisp crust with more gravy added for good measure. The alternative version is shepherd’s pie when lamb is used instead of beef.
Try any of the above British delicious foods and stay warm during the wintery days in Britain.
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