Our five British comfort food recipes from the British Isles, from Great Britain and Ireland, should keep royal watchers nourished this week – from a classic British fish pot pie recipe for mini mashed potato and creamy salmon pot pies baked in ramekins to a Scotch eggs recipe for the classic British picnic snack to which we’ve given a Thai-inspired twist.
These five British comfort food recipes were meant to publish as part of our What to Cook this Week series, however, due to a scheduling glitch, which I blame on too many late nights, it was too late to post. Hopefully you’ll still find inspiration in these dishes and even find time to take a break from the tele to cook a few.
Whether you’re a monarchist mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II or a history lover keen to take in every detail of these momentous events, spending late nights glued to your screens, engrossed in the archaic rituals, pageantry and spectacle, these British comfort food recipes should make you dishes that keep you nourished through the long hours of watching.
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British Comfort Food Recipes to Nourish Royal Watchers from Scotch Eggs to Fish Pot Pies
Our suggestions for what to cook this week include five British comfort food recipes to nourish royal watchers from Scotch eggs to fish pot pies.
Fish Pot Pie Recipe for Mini Mashed Potato and Salmon Pot Pies with Crispy Melted Cheese
Even better than a pie with pastry, particularly if you prefer to spend more time in front of the television with family than in the kitchen, is the pot pie – a pie without pastry baked in a small pot or ramekin.
This classic British fish pot pie recipe makes mini mashed potato and creamy salmon pot pies baked in individual ramekins and it’s one of my favourite British comfort food recipes.
Delicious as they are, these adorable salmon pot pies are also very versatile. You could replace the salmon with a white fish, combine types of fish, add prawns or mussels or both, and add spices such as nutmeg.
These little salmon pot pies may look simple but beneath the crispy cheesy lid are layers of buttery mashed potatoes infused with fresh fragrant herbs that sandwich a layer of chunky salmon pieces simmered in a rich creamy sauce. All the pies need is a classic garden salad on the side.
If you’re a salmon lover, you’ll find more of our best salmon recipes here, including recipes for devilled eggs with smoked salmon and caviar, blini with smoked salmon, a salmon ceviche-style appetiser, fish soup with salmon, salmon potato salad, and salmon pasta.
Scotch Eggs Recipe with a Thai Inspired Pad Kra Pao Twist
This Scotch eggs recipe is another one of my favourite British comfort food recipes. It makes the classic British picnic snack, only our recipe is not strictly British. Terence has given these classic Scotch eggs a Thai-influenced twist, inspired by the beloved Thai stir-fry dish, pad kra pao or pad gaprao.
Authentic Scotch eggs have traditionally been made with a boiled egg wrapped in seasoned sausage meat, which is then crumbed and deep-fried. Terence gives the popular British snack a Thai-inspired makeover by infusing it with the flavours of Thailand’s pad kra pao.
While mass-produced Scotch eggs were once best-known as supermarket and service station snacks in the UK, the gastro-pub revolution saw the humble Scotch egg elevated to such an extent that they graced the menus of Michelin-starred restaurants.
Those posh Scotch eggs have long been a source of inspiration for Terence who has always wanted to experiment with a traditional Scotch eggs recipe. He did just that for our Weekend Eggs series on quintessential eggs dishes from around the world, giving them Southeast Asian flavours. We’d love to know what you think.
Best Irish Stew Recipe for a Deeply Flavoured Traditional Irish Beef Stew
This Irish stew recipe makes another one of my favourite comfort food dishes from the island of Ireland in the British Isles. If you’re a stew lover, you’re going to adore this Irish stew recipe.
The recipe makes an incredibly rich Irish stew that’s deeply flavoured thanks to slow-cooking, half a bottle of Shiraz and an easy roux – melted butter and flour whisked with the stew juices to create a flavourful gravy that’s stirred into the stew.
Arguably Ireland’s national dish, a traditional Irish stew is mostly made with lamb these days, but historically, beef, which was considered ‘winter food’ was used in stews.
Cattle dominated food production until the potato was introduced in the 17th century. Cows were kept for milk, curds and other dairy products – until winter, when there was insufficient fodder, so non-breeding animals were culled dramatically and salted to be used over the cold months.
Irish Beef and Guinness Pie Recipe with Potato Mash for Mini Meat Pies
Our Irish beef and Guinness pie recipe with mashed potatoes will make you four addictive mini meat pies made in ramekins. This recipe was created to use up leftover Irish stew and mashed potatoes and it’s another of my favourite British comfort food recipes.
We used a store-bought puff pastry block that was already divided into 10 portions of layered sheets, which worked out perfectly for four mini ramekin pies. One sheet was used to create the pie base and sides, another sheet for the pie lid and the off-cuts of the round pie lids was used to fill gaps.
We had leftover Irish stew and mashed potatoes, however, you could use this Irish colcannon instead of mash. That would work, as would a layer of cheddar cheese on top of the mash…
Don’t forget to pierce a small hole in the pie lid and brush on the egg wash. Set the timer for 30 minutes, though we found that while our little pies were ready at 30 minutes, they needed a few more minutes to brown nicely on top
Classic Cottage Pie Recipe for an Old Fashioned Farmhouse Favourite
This classic cottage pie recipe is another one of my favourite British comfort food recipes. It makes the traditional Irish comfort food dish synonymous with hearty Irish farmhouse cooking, although the cottage pie would go on to be cooked right across the British Isles.
Endearingly old fashioned, this Irish comfort food favourite consists of layers of savoury beef mince and vegetables, and cheesy mashed potatoes, which are baked, and served with buttery green peas. Perfect washed down with red wine or Guinness.
Of course, it must be said that cottage pie is not only Irish and but is made right across the UK and in Australia and New Zealand, and so on – that, yes, it’s true, cottage pie is not confined to Ireland. We also grew up eating both cottage pie and shepherd’s pie in Australia.
However, there’s no denying the long history of cottage pie in Irish cooking that includes some of the oldest documented cottage pie recipes – as well as shepherd’s pie recipes – that are evidence that these savoury minced meat pies without pastry, topped with mashed potatoes, weren’t only made in England and its colonies.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our British comfort food recipes as we always love to hear how our recipes turned out for you.