10 British Foods Americans Love Slideshow

Potatoes, eggs, sausage, melted cheese — these are foods we all love, and the British way of enjoying them, while it's sometimes a little different than ours would be on this side of the Atlantic (we eat mashed potatoes and we eat Brussels sprouts, but we don't generally combine them), can be downright irresistible. Here are ten typical British foods that Americans love.

Bangers and Mash

This pub favorite consists of mashed potatoes, sausages, gravy, and onions — what's not to like? The term bangers comes from the fact that some English sausages (especially the cheaper ones) split open with a pop as they're fried.

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and squeak sounds like something the lovably odd headmaster in the Harry Potter fantasy series would say, but it's actually a popular English dish made with the fried vegetable leftovers from a roast dinner. The recipe principally includes potatoes and Brussels sprouts, but any other leftover vegetable can also be included.  

Boiled Egg and Soldiers

Boiled egg (sometimes called "dippy egg") and soldiers is a British breakfast favorite – in this case, soldiers are thin strips of bread or toast, used for dipping into a soft-boiled egg with the top cut off. 

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips have been an English classic for over 125 years. The fried fish is usually haddock or Atlantic cod, and it always comes with fries ("chips" if you're British). The meal is a common take-out order.


Classic English scones are served with jam and clotted cream – perfect for afternoon tea at a classic English tearoom. Other tea snacks include finger sandwiches and petite cakes. 

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Don't let the name deceive you – this isn't pudding the way Americans view it. This British dessert means a moist sponge cake made with chopped dates, covered in toffee sauce, and usually served alongside vanilla (or, increasingly, banana) ice cream. 

Scotch Eggs

Who wouldn't welcome the sight of hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, breaded, and deep-fried? Scotch eggs, said to have originated with Scottish farmers and shepherds in the Middle Ages, have become a gastropub standard.  

Sunday Roast

It's tradition in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Sundays to be fueled with a meal consisting of roasted meat, roasted or mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding. Typical meats for Sunday roast can include roast beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. 

Welsh Rarebit

This dish, also called Welsh rabbit, is simply Cheddar or some other cheese melted with ale, covered with a savory sauce made with ingredients like Cheddar or Cheshire cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard. Any type of cheese-based sauce on bread is a winner in our book.

Yorkshire Pudding

Part of the traditional Sunday Roast, Yorkshire pudding, a kind of oversize popover made with flour, milk, and eggs, can be served as part of the main meal or sweetened for dessert.