A Tale of Two Menus: British and French Comfort Foods
Dine like Dickens with a hearty winter meal topped off with a decadent dessert.
Quick Steak and Kidney Pie
In this British comfort food classic, tender pieces of beef tenderloin and lamb kidneys are combined with sautéed carrots, celery, and shallots and topped with a flaky pastry disk.
Recipe: Quick Steak and Kidney Pie
Next: French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup
This appetizing soup puts a low-calorie spin on an old favorite.
Recipe: French Onion Soup
Next: Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
Perhaps the most ubiquitous of all UK comfort foods, crisp, tender fish and chips are traditionally accompanied by sea salt and vinegar.
Recipe: Fish and Chips
Next: Bacon, Browned Onion, and Camembert Tart
Bacon, Browned Onion, and Camembert Tart
A hand-folded pastry crust cradles a filling of caramelized onions, rosemary, bacon and Camembert cheese.
Recipe: Bacon, Browned Onion, and Camembert Tart
Next: Braised Lamb Shoulder with Root Vegetables
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Root Vegetables
Braised lamb shoulder with root vegetables is an elegant take on mutton stew.
Recipe: Braised Lamb Shoulder with Root Vegetables
Next: Duck à L'Orange
Duck à L'Orange
The marriage of duck and oranges is a happy one, dating from the early 1800s. The sweetness of the citrus in this duck a l'orange plays up the poultry's earthy, almost nutty flavor, while the fruit's acidity cuts the richness of the meat.
Recipe: Duck à L'Orange
Next: English Pork Pie
English Pork Pie
Garlicky, spicy pork in a tender pastry crust...this English Christmas tradition will have you singing "Joy to the World."
Recipe: English Pork Pie
Next: Boeuf Bourguignon
As is the case with most famous dishes, there are more ways than one to arrive at a good boeuf bourguignon
. Carefully done, and perfectly flavored, it is certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man, and can well be the main course for a buffet dinner.
Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon
Next: British Berry Pudding
British Berry Pudding
For this dessert, vary your berries according to what looks best, but always include raspberries.
Recipe: British Berry Pudding
Next: Bakewell Tart
Tradition has it that the layerin in Bakewell tart—in this case, a sweet, buttery filling over huckleberry jam—was a mistake that caught on. Served with whipped cream and fresh berries, this classic British confection is a proper dessert, or perfect for high tea.
Recipe: Bakewell Tart
Next: Tarte Tatin
Classic Tarte Tatin
Lavender adds unexpected flavor to this otherwise classic tarte Tatin.
Recipe: Classic Tarte Tatin
Next: Chocolate Pot de Crème with Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Pot de Creme with Vanilla Ice Cream
Deep, bittersweet chocolate custard can be prepared and chilled well in advance, which makes it the perfect dessert for an impromptu dinner party.
Recipe: Chocolate Pot de Crème with Vanilla Ice Cream
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