A wide variety of British foods are popular throughout many regions of Europe. Some have English origins, while others originate from Scotland or Wales. No matter where these foods come from, these sweet and savory offerings contain a mix of nostalgia and modern renditions.
Many types of British foods can be categorized into pies and puddings, but that doesn't mean that they are all sweet! For example, the stargazy pie contains sardine heads that actually stick out from the ends of the pie! Since their eyes look like they're "looking up," the name "stargazy pie" was born. Another example of a savory pie is the steak pie, which is actually made from slowly-cooked steak meat.
Let's talk about savory and sweet puddings for a moment. Did you know that summer pudding is actually made from bread that is soaked in fruit juice? Or how about that rag pudding is made from onions, meat, and suet? Speaking of suet, this type of animal fat (which is found around the kidney areas) is actually used for many types of pastries in British desserts.
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A welsh rarebit is when you take a piece of toasted bread and pour a hot cheese sauce over it. There is no meat involved, even though the name sounds like "rabbit."
A stargazy pie has sardine heads that stick out from the ends. Since they seem to be looking "up" towards the sky, this pie sounds like the sardines are "stargazing."
A steak pie consists of slowly-cooked steak as the filling for a pie. Other variations include adding in beer to the mixture, like Guinness.
A shepherd's pie is a hearty, savory pie that is filled with slowly-cooked meat and vegetables. It is then baked with a top layer of creamy mashed potatoes.
Despite the name, there are no toads in the classic British dish, toad-in-the-hole. Instead, sausages are baked in a Yorkshire pudding mixture.
A typical Sunday roast will consist of roasted beef, as well as hearty side pairings of vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. This is typically a large meal that is consumed on Sundays.
A pasty is typically small in size, and consists of vegetables and minced meat. It's popular as a snack or light meal, and has Cornish origins.
Faggots are meatballs made from various organs of an animal, like a pig. Some of these organs include the heart, liver and stomach.
A Lancashire hotpot contains vegetables, like potatoes and onions, which are stewed with meat. Mutton or lamb is traditionally used, as well as oysters.
Bubble and squeak is a type of breakfast dish that consists of roasted meat, cabbage, tomatoes, and potatoes. When the cabbage is cooked, it often makes various "squeaky" noises, hence the name of this dish.
Devilled kidneys are primarily made with lamb kidneys, as well as various seasonings and sauces, such as Worcestershire sauce. It can also be served during both breakfast and dinner hours.
A Beef Wellington is a steak that contains an outer layer of puff pastry. There is usually a filling in between as well, which consists of pâté and/or a minced mushroom mixture.
A stottie cake is actually a type of bread that is consumed with a savory filling inside. Examples may include bacon, sausage and ham.
A scouse is a stew that consists of potatoes, gravy and beef. Lamb may also be used, as well as carrots and peas.
A kipper is a type of herring that is commonly served for breakfast. These types of fish usually have a salty and smokey flavor to them.
A steak and kidney pudding is a type of savory pudding that contains suet pastry and minced meat. It's also best served with potatoes, peas and carrots.
A steak and kidney pie is a mixture of gravy and minced meat that is baked in a type of pastry. Some of these includes shortcrust and puff pastry.
The Bedfordshire clanger is another name for the Trowley dumpling, and may be prepared in either sweet or savory fashions. Some common fillings include sage, potatoes, jam and liver.
A battenberg cake consists of jam and marzipan that is prepared in a chequered design. The outer layer is then covered in a sweet icing.
A gypsy tart contains muscovado sugar, which bears similarities to molasses. It's also mixed with evaporated milk and "set" in a small pastry crust.
A fruit fool is a mixture of custard and various types of pureed fruit. Examples include gooseberries, raspberries, apples and strawberries.
Eve's pudding is a type of sponge cake that consists of baked apples inside. The pudding is often small and round in shape.
An Eton mess may look messy, but contains simple ingredients that are easy to make for anyone. All you need are strawberries, whipped cream and meringue pieces to create this delicious dessert.
An eccles cake consists of currants that are typically small and round in shape. These are also called "fly cakes" or "fly pies."
Believe it or not, a traditional Christmas pudding is actually fermented for several months for a strong flavor. It won't turn rotten though, since the alcohol "ferments" within the pudding.
A lardy cake contains lard, as well as raisins and currants. Despite its name, it's actually not a cake, but a type of bread!
Suet is a type of fat that is derived from the kidney areas of an animal, which is mixed with sugar and dried fruit to make a spotted dick. It's "spotted" because of the spots of dried fruit in the pudding.
A syllabub is a mixture of cream (or milk) and wine that is sweetened with sugar. A citrus element may also be added, such as lemon juice, for a small acidic bite.
A treacle tart contains golden syrup as the primary filling, as well as a hint of lemon juice. This is also served with a side of cream, such as ice cream.
A Sussex pond pudding contains sugar and butter that is cooked in a pastry made of suet. Suet is a type of fat that is derived from the kidney areas of an animal.
Frangipane is an almond mixture that is found in the Bakewell tart dessert. Other variations include adding in jam, cherries and ground rice.
Potted shrimp mainly consists of two primary ingredients: nutmeg and brown shrimp. Butter may also be added for a richer flavor.
A rag pudding consists of a suet pastry that is filled with onions and meat. A cheesecloth is then used to cook the suet pastry.
A sticky toffee pudding contains layers of dates and moist cake that are smothered in a thick toffee sauce. It's considered to have Scottish origins.
A summer pudding is bread that is soaked in fruit juice. The bread is typically sliced so it absorbs more fruit juice, and topped with extra fruit (like berries) for consumption.
Bangers and mash is a hearty dish that is simply comprised of mashed potatoes and sausages. It's also usually smothered in a rich brown gravy.
A cobbler is a baked dish that is comprised of fruit and a pastry crust on top. Many different types of fruit may be used, such as apples, blueberries and pears.
Otherwise known as a saffron bun, a saffron cake mainly consists of currants and saffrons. These look like small buns with "spots" of currants sticking out.
A parkin has distinct ginger and/or gingerbread flavors to it. They are usually cut up in small squares and look similar to brownies.
The "queen of puddings" dessert consists of jam and meringue, as well as lots of breadcrumbs. These are also best served with custard and some citrus zest on top.