English cuisine gets a bad rap and, admittedly, often bad taste. Like any reputation, this one is a little usurped. Do not push, we do not eat terrible terrible, across the Channel, but we still sometimes manage to rejoice at the table. The proof with the 20 best specialties of English cuisine.
1. The English Breakfast
Smoked sausages, poached eggs, crunchy bacon, perfectly cooked toast, tomatoes and breadcrumbs, mushrooms, beans, potatoes: brunch, less the price of brunch.
2. Roast beef
With Yorkshire Pudding, with roasted potatoes and two vegetables. This is the most classic “Sunday lunch”. Note that the British never eat vegetables separately; it’s always with the meat.
3. Eggs Benedict
Poached eggs + bacon + Hollandaise sauce + English muffins = happiness.
Pot au feu English version: we simmer lamb or beef with vegetables which are usually sad and a sauce with beautiful spices; then, as if by magic, the sad vegetables become too good and the meat a tenderness reminiscent of the caresses in the hair made by his mother when we were 5 years old.
5. Fish & Chips
Breaded fish and fries. The childhood canteen, with added quality. The English have turned a regressive dish into a simple dish. Happiness, what.
6. Roast pork with apple sauce
The roast comes grilled with its rind all golden, and the apple sauce sweetens it. It’s worth all the French roasts in the world.
7. Chicken Pie
Pie stuffed with ground chicken, mushrooms and parsley. A golden marvel.
8. The welsh rabbit
This one is Welsh: we melt cheddar cheese on a slice of bread with beer, mustard, and bacon. A kind of croque-monsieur ten times better.
Well it’s Scottish, but it’s still in the theme. If we forget that these are mutton offal mixed with oats, onions and lard, all cooked in a mutton belly (or, more likely, synthetic gut), and bah we enjoy. We really enjoy ourselves.
The fishcake is a mixture of fish and potato, covered with breadcrumbs and cooked in oil. They come in the form of dumplings.
Cheshire, often called Chester in French, is the oldest English cheese. This cow’s cheese with a dense and crumbly texture exists of three kinds: white Cheshire, red (which owes its coloring to amatto, a tropical fruit) and blue, with natural moulds, which is rarer and much appreciated. The second is often eaten on hamburgers.
12. The silton
Only made in the counties of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, Silton is a creamy cow’s cheese. There is the blue Silton and the rarer but easily recognizable white, with its blueberry or cranberry berries in the paste.
Yes, crumble comes from England, its caramelized fruits and crunchy breadcrumbs. How to know before judging.
Fruit cake, garnished with ginger, served hot with custard. Absolute killer.
15. The cherry pie
With its cherries cooked in their juice in the heart of the dough, all the flavor of the fruit, all the fat of the dough, I am in sugar heaven.
16. Apple Pie
The apple pie is an apple pie cooked in their juices under the dough.
This quintessentially (and very strange) English dessert is fruit juice mixed with gelatin that has the consistency of flan. The Jelly is very popular with young English people. It can be done very easily at home and can also be found in supermarkets.
The scones are rolls with butter, served hot with crème fraiche and jam. Cut them in half and spread them, it’s a de-li-ce and so britiiiish.
Obviously ! Even though it’s Irish, Guiness is very popular in England (because it’s the best beer, let’s not be afraid to say so).
20. The Royal Family
Ah no oops it is not eaten (but it makes pretty dishes).