British food tends to get a bad rap. Even though Britain hosts some of the world’s best fine dining restaurants, Indian restaurants, and steakhouses and is currently experiencing a craze for seasonal, local ingredients, Britain still has a reputation for its fried food, sausages, fish and chips, and the like. But you forget one thing: All of those crazy-unhealthy traditional British foods can trace their roots to pubs, which means that they make for perfect drunk food. Here are six quintessentially British drunk foods.
The British chip — thicker, stubbier French fries — are at the core of British drunk food. (The chip butty, essentially a fry sandwich, is something we Americans will never quite understand.) One of the best ways to enjoy your chips is doused in curry sauce. Traditional chip shop curry sauce has a base of onion and apple, and it’s fried up with curry powder and a little tomato sauce and thickened with a roux (a lot of supermarkets also sell a pre-made powder in a jar). It’s almost better than ketchup.
Battered Jumbo Sausage
Just what it sounds like: an extra-long sausage link that’s been dunked in the same batter used for fish and chips and deep-fried, usually served alongside fish and chips. It’s a major hangover buster.
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If you’re out drinking and feel a pang of hunger, nothing will knock it down better than a hard-boiled egg that’s been wrapped in loose sausage, breaded, and deep-fried.
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Literally just canned Heinz beans on toast. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
No, not a fruit-filled pie, a savory one. Small enough for one person to eat with his or her hands but big enough to fill you up, the best pies are made with a beef-fat crust and are filled with such delicacies as, for instance, beef stew in a Guinness gravy.
We call this a gyro in the States, where it hasn’t nearly achieved the same drunk food status as it has across the pond. And that’s a shame. It’s a giant slab of meat (usually individual chunks of marinated lamb or chicken, instead of the solid block we get here) slowly crisping up on a vertical spit, shaved off into a pita and topped with lettuce, tomato, a variety of other veggies, and white sauce.