The UK is best known for their warm, hearty and flavorful foods. Recipes which have been handed down for generations are a mixture of delightfully flavorful vegetables such as carrots, turnips, rutabagas, peas, potatoes, and meats such as lamb, venison, chicken, and veal.
If you want to sample this countries vast and unique array of savory dishes, pubs are a great place to accomplish this. The pubs of the UK are as diverse as the people who inhabit the country and the food that they eat. Familiar menu items in a pub are their hearty and savory pies which they call pudding, made with a selection of vegetables and meat in a delicious thick brown gravy topped with a flaky buttery pastry top and a side of mashed peas.
Steak and Kidney pudding Quick Recipe:
1 package of Pre-made pie crust (2 crusts per box)
1 packet of Brown Gravy mix
1 lb, of stewing steak
4 oz. of kidney (lamb or ox)
Line a greased pie pan with 1 of the pie crusts
Cut meat and kidneys into small pieces
Mix the meats together and put into the pie pan
Pre-mix the gravy and pour over meat
Put the other pie crust on top sealing the edges by dampening your finger in water and running it around the bottom pie crust.
Bake at 350 for approximately 3 hours or until the crust is golden brown and the juices are just starting to bubble out
A pint of Guinness or a Stout is a great accompaniment with this dish. Just saying… pretty yummy!
Another great dish you will find is the Ploughman’s Platter which consists of a tasty selection of roasted and cured meats, aged cheeses, both hard and soft, and a small loaf of freshly baked bread that has a crispy buttery top sprinkled with oats and a warm soft interior that makes it an excellent pull-apart bread. There will also be small sides of homemade berry jams and churned butter.
When you are done with your main course and you still feel a bit peckish, try one of their dessert items such as the Bread Pudding that has raisins that have been plumped by soaking them in brandy or whisky, the Jam Suet Pudding (much better than it sounds) or the cranberry orange scones with a spot of tea or coffee.