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You’ve already had your Thanksgiving dinner, so this post should come as no threat whatsoever to the all-American delights of candied yam and tater tots. But if you’re considering Britishing up your festivities this year, here are five dishes you’ll need to look into. And then put in your mouth.
Note: each subheadline is a link to a recipe. Enjoy!
Pigs In Blankets
You take a miniature sausage and you wrap bacon around it. To be served as a meaty garnish with your Christmas Day roast, with enough left over for cold leftovers at teatime.
Never mind Friends and their beef and onions, the English trifle is a layered pudding consisting of fruit, jello, sponge fingers (often doused in sherry), blancmange, whipped cream, and whatever sprinkled toppings you fancy on top. Not everyone likes every layer, but it’s a firm party favorite.
Hot liquid bread: such a brilliantly gluttonous idea I am surprised it wasn’t thought of in America.*
A similarly brown and fruity treat to the mincemeat in mince pies, Christmas pudding is another alcohol-soaked festive favorite. So much so that it is traditionally served on fire. And with brandy butter, brandy sauce, and brandy brandy as garnishes. And it sometimes has coins jammed in as a special surprise for the children, or a relatively cheap and painful way to kill of an unpleasant relative. Cheers!
* Three words before there’s an international incident: Man vs. Food.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic