Nowhere does cozy comfort food like the Brits, so as Thanksgiving draws nearer we’re once again turning to our friends across the pond for some foodie inspiration. Ever since the Pilgrims first settled in Massachusetts from England we’ve been celebrating the harvest at this time of year, and taking the time out to celebrate with friends and family. And whilst Sloanes are privileged peeps who’ve travelled and dined all over, home is where the heart is – and good old traditional British cuisine will always beat fussy sushi. So here are a few British-inspired meals that’ll please any table of hungry Pilgrims – and not a pumpkin pie in sight!
A more refined alternative to the Full English Breakfast, Eggs Royale (an adaptation of our Eggs Benedict) is a lighter way to kick off the day if you have a heavy lunch ahead, and a nice warming treat when entertaining house guests before a hearty walk in the countryside. And what is it? A toasted muffin topped with smoked salmon, poached egg and a dollop of hollandaise sauce. Eat for breakfast, for a late morning brunch or even as a light lunch the day after your Thanksgiving blowout. Smoked salmon is the Sloane’s staple entertaining food – so use any you have leftover on blinis as pre-supper canapé with a whirl of horseradish sauce and a sprig of dill.
A warming, soothing pie that’s on the menu for every shooting party and country kitchen supper up and down the land in England. Minced lamb, chopped onions and tomatoes mix with diced carrots and a creamy mashed potato topping. London mummies love this one because it’s quick, easy and a big crowd-pleaser. And Shepherd’s Pie is one of the most popular dishes for preppy university dinner parties for similar reasons. Serve with a mountain of buttery petits pois or fried kale, and season with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Head out for food on a Sunday in Chelsea and you’ll do well to find a traditional British pub that isn’t serving Sunday Roast. Choose from beef, chicken, lamb or pork, then work your way through a filling plate of golden roast potatoes, gravy and vegetables like parsnips, peas and carrots. Beef comes with a crispy Yorkshire pudding (made from batter) and horseradish sauce; chicken comes with bread sauce and lamb needs a side of either redcurrant or mint jelly. Eat your pork with apple sauce and demand nothing less than a stick of crackling on the side. Amazing.
Pippa Middleton is a big fan of cooking with game, and one of the Queen’s favourite dishes is wild venison. So what are we on about? What’s the game? I hear you cry! Game is any animal that’s not domesticated and hunted for food or for sport. So in the UK, game refers to pheasant, pigeon, venison (deer) and rabbit, amongst others. And it’s shooting season right now in the UK, so Sloanes are flocking out to friends’ country houses to partake in a bit of the sport, drink sloe gin and attend shooting lunches and dinner parties where game is almost certainly going to be on the menu at some point. Pan fried pheasant breasts with wilted kale and courgette puree is a great wintry dish, as are venison burgers with homemade fries. Though we don’t think the Queen eats her venison quite like this…
Bread and Butter Pudding
There’s nothing quite like a pillowy-soft bread and butter pudding on a cold night in London – this one really is a British classic. Gently spiced with cinnamon and studded with raisins, layers of white buttered bread are baked in milk and cream until golden on the outside and squidgy in the middle. Hey – stop drooling already!
Happy Thanksgiving, Sloanies!