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Jun 10, 2010 10:03 AM

British Recipes for a World Cup Party

I am hosting a World Cup party for the England US game and am making Bonnie's Buffalo Dip to represent the US and want to make a British party snack to represent England, but am coming up blank. Any suggestions would be most welcome!!

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  1. Steak & kidney, cock-a-leekie and seafood pies. Toad in hole, Scotch eggs, bangers & mash, ploughman's lunch and a chip buttee.

    1. Sausage Rolls are about as easy as you can get and are ok cold. Roast Beef with Horseradish sauce also good room temp. If you have access to real british candies (not the licensed us-made variety) those would be welcomed or you could buy flakes and make cadbury's 99 flakes. A bit more complicated: cornish pasties and curry pie.

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      1. re: itaunas

        Cornish pasties are amazing and you can make them in advance and heat up when everyone shows up.

      2. A lot of the suggestions are indeed British, but not party snacks. Pies, pasties, soup, and roast beef aren't really party finger food - unless you make them "mini" - but that doesn't include the soup! The suggestion for sausage rolls is spot-on. Or you could do cucumber sandwiches - white bread, no crusts. Salt & vinegar crisps, if you can get ahold of them (crisps = potato chips)

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        1. re: themags

          Oh, and Scotch eggs are Scottish, not English. England, not Great Britain, is playing the USA in the World Cup. Just so nobody starts suggesting Welsh rarebit :-)

          1. re: themags

            Oh dear - before all of Chowhoudia comes down on me like a ton of bricks I didn't know Scotch Eggs were in fact English. Invented in London by Fortnum & Mason in 1738

            1. re: themags

              You could also make Scotch eggs and then devil them. The origins of the stuffed egg are somewhat obscure, but the process of deviling seems to date from 18th-century England. Plain deviled eggs seem somewhat uninspired, but they're always the first to go at any gathering I've seen them at, and I can't imagine they wouldn't be even more improved by the addition of a sausage "cup."

            2. re: themags

              "Just so nobody starts suggesting Welsh rarebit"

              Probably not Welsh in origin. The Welsh not having as great a cheese making heritage as across the border.

              Kick-off is at 7.30 so I'll be eating dinner in front of the TV. No snacks required - unless I get peckish at halftime (in which case, a bag of cheese & onion crisps will do nicely)

              1. re: Harters

                Well call it cheese on toast and then it's English!

          2. What time zone are you in? Makes a big difference. If you're out here on the west coast, toad in the hole is indeed a fine representation of the blandness from which we liberated ourselves. Not really a party snack, but cut into little squares it would be quite appropriate for 10 in the morning. A little All-American tabasco for livening it up would be a fitting statement.

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            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

              I'm on the West Coast and will be watching this game at 11:30 AM! Thanks!

              1. re: cathyt

                In that case think garden party - cucumber sandwiches, pimms & lemonade, strawberries and cream

                1. re: themags

                  Serve an English Breakfast. A rasher of bacon, beans, fried eggs, broiled tomahto and bloaters. Tea, not coffee.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    Bloaters?? I don't even know what that is. The proper accompaniment to an English breakfast is hot buttered toast, or fried bread.

                    1. re: greedygirl

                      Bloaters are non-gutted herring (sardines). Very common in the north. I left out the toast on purpose to see if someone would notice. Nice work. Too early for clotted cream & strawberries?
                      Right chuffed.
                      Quaff a Tetley's for me .
                      Bloody Geordies!

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Not in the bit of the north I'm from they're not!

                        1. re: greedygirl

                          I had bloaters for breakfast, w/ toast, north of York after an evening of single malts. A tough one. Happy Birthday, mine is today.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            Mine's actually on the 17th. Happy Birthday to you too.

                          2. re: greedygirl

                            Nor my bit of the north, either.

                            You might well get a kipper for brekkie but that's as far as we do fish that early in the day.

                            I remember jars of bloater paste, for sandwiches, in the supermarkets when I was a kid but havnt seen them for years

                            1. re: Harters

                              Things change w/the times. The bloaters were 25 years ago. The last sardine cannery in the US closed this spring. It is 5 mi. from where I'm typing. :0(

                2. re: eight_inch_pestle

                  Toad in the hole is fantastic winter comfort food and not at all bland if you use good quality sausages and make your own onion gravy.

                  Cathyt: I'd go for sausage rolls (sausage meat in puff pastry) or Scotch eggs. You can buy "picnic eggs" in the UK which are mini Scotch eggs, and also mini pork pies. What about an English cheeseboard - cheddar and stilton are the obvious choices? Eton mess is a good and seasonal British desert (meringues layered with strawberries and whipped cream).

                  I'm having a similar party, btw, which is also a birthday party and the centre piece of my English food is going to be a whole poached salmon with cucumber.

                  1. re: greedygirl

                    Easy now, just a little across the pond trash talk in advance of the big game.