What is a butter pie? People have probably asked this question more than once, especially if they don’t live in Lancashire. Also called the Friday Pie, butter pie is synonymous with Lancashire. Its history goes back to the Catholic community in Preston, which abstained from meat on Fridays, substituting beef with butter instead.
Add loads of onions and potatoes into the mix, and voila! These folks were on to something beautiful, as it turns out. Over time, the humble butter pie has transcended Lancashire’s borders and into many pubs, homes, chip shops, corner shops, and football grounds across the country.
Ah, the Brits and their love affair with sauces and condiments. Each one is different and goes with a specific meal. Don't even think about suggesting otherwise because they won't have any of it! The classic brown sauce, for instance – is wildly popular in Britain. The ingredients can vary, but you'll typically find a combination of tomatoes, molasses, tamarind, spices, dates, apples, and vinegar.
Sometimes raisins or anchovies too. Brown sauce is on the sweeter side, with a peppery kick similar to Worcestershire sauce. This sauce pairs perfectly with sausage rolls, bacon sandwiches, full English breakfasts, and the beloved fish and chips.
Savory pies rank high in British food culture. And the plump pork pie is the most quintessentially English pie out there. Pork pies are made from chopped pork doused in pork jelly and then baked to perfection. Try to go beyond the jelly bit, we implore you. Remember, those pastry walls contain a world of goodness inside.
This traditional meat pie is delicious, best enjoyed either at room temperature or chilled (although some folks in Yorkshire prefer it served hot). The scrumptious filling has roughly chopped pork and pork fat encased in a hot water crust pastry. Give it a try!
Potatoes hold a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of the people in the United Kingdom. Just as rice is an Asian staple, British cuisine uses potatoes in several inventive ways. Have you heard about potato bread, for instance? These are bread variations that include potato cakes, potato farls, tattie scones, and boxty.
Many folks outside the country might not be familiar with potato bread, but it is as British as you can get. Potato bread is “home” for most people. It’s comforting and nostalgic and can make all the pain go away on a particularly dreary day.
Crumpets With Butter
Crumpets with loads of butter, anyone? Who would say no to that? But here this delicious bread is, on a list of weird British foods. Go figure! The crumpet holds a special place as one of the most beloved bread types in the country. What makes them unique? Crumpets are made from batter rather than dough. Sinful, innit?
The English enjoy their crumpets toasted with a generous slathering of the finest butter. We don’t see any reason to complain. Sure, crumpets might be bad for your health in the long run but that’s when you know how good it is.