Traditional English Recipes for St. George's Day

Celebrate St George's Day on 23rd April, the day to celebrate the English patron saint. Sadly, in Britain, the day passes almost unnoticed with no particular celebrations and no special foods. Comparison with the worldwide Irish celebrations for St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) puts England to shame.

  • 01 of 08

    The Best St George's Day Recipes

    Roast Lamb With a Pot of Real Mint Sauce

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    There is so much to be proud of in English food both traditional and modern, and it is time we stood up and shouted about it. In no particular order here are some great St George's day recipes, showcasing the best and most popular English Food.

  • 02 of 08

    Start the Day the Right Way

    A Full Breakfast

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    The traditional full English breakfast is pretty hearty and usually served at breakfast time, though it is also popular at other times, usually replacing lunch. So popular is the full breakfast it is a surpis eit is not a national dish.

    Because of the not-so-healthy ingredients in a full English, rarely is it now served every day of the week but reserved instead for the weekend. No British holiday in hotels and Bed and Breakfasts would ever be complete without one.

  • 03 of 08

    Warm and Comforting Foods on St George's Day

    Pork and Cider Casserole
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    April 23rd may be spring in England but the weather can be changeable and a dish of traditional English Stew is usually more than welcome. Try a dish of tasty beef stew and dumplings or a cheap and cheerful Shepherd's Pie is just the thing when the weather turns a little cool. If it is not too, too cold (and fingers crossed it won't be) then a little lighter casserole option would be a slow-cooked shoulder of lamb.

  • 04 of 08

    Something a Little Lighter

    Bangers and Mash
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    Try a few British classics on the lighter side, not everything has to heavy in British food. Take mashed potatoes and British Bangers aka (sausages) and make the all-time British traditional dish of Bangers and Mash with a rich onion gravy. Everyone loves them, including vegetarians as long as you use meat-free sausages.

    A Bubble and Squeak recipe is traditionally fried left-over vegetables from Sunday Lunch, but they can be from any day of the week. There is no specific recipe for Bubble and Squeak as it is simply a way of using up whatever you have left from dinner. Add a British sausage, or a fried egg you and you have a great English classic dish. Even lighter on the scale, enjoy the best of local produce and prepare a Ploughman's lunch.

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  • 05 of 08

    A Sweet Treat on St George's Day - Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon Tea

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    Afternoon tea is a quintessentially English custom, so what better way to celebrate St George's Day?

    Afternoon tea traditionally starts with savory finger-sized sandwiches, followed by scones with jam and cream (clotted cream in Devon), and finally a selection of cakes. Variations through Britain may include the serving of, thinly sliced, hot buttered toast, crumpets, and in Scotland even a hot main course dish; bacon and eggs or a steak pie as favorites.
    Tea is traditionally served from heavy, ornate, silver teapots into delicate bone china cups. Milk or lemon served with the tea is still a personal preference. The sandwiches, the scones, and the cakes should arrive at the table on tiered cake stands.

  • 06 of 08

    Tarts and Cakes to Celebrate St George

    Battenburg Cake

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    England is famous for its cakes, tarts, and pastries. Every region it seems has a favorite such as a. Bakewell tart, a pastry case with an almond and jam filling; Yorkshire's famous tart is a Yorkshire curd tart, and everyone's favorite and found throughout England is a deliciously baked egg custard tart. Thanks to Harry Potter and his pals at Hogwarts School who throughout the books are often eating a warm treacle tart has made this popular around the world. In and amongst these best British bakes there is something for everyone.

  • 07 of 08

    How About a National Dish?

    Yorkshire Pudding

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    Nothing shouts English more than roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. It is one of the National Dishes and remains the main dish for a Sunday roast.
    If roast beef and Yorkshire puds are too much then consider toad in the hole, Yorkshire puddings filled with sausage with onion gravy.

    Deep-fried fish in a crispy batter with fat golden chips is still one of England's favorite meals. The best way to eat fish and chips is outdoors served with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of vinegar, and if you like them, mushy peas.
    Debate rages over the third English national dish, chicken tikka masala with its origins in India. Curry is now a staple English food and there are many curry recipes to consider apart from chicken tikka.

  • 08 of 08

    And to Drink

    British Beer

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    If you want to drink traditional English on St George's Day then you will not go thirsty.

    Non-alcoholic of course must be tea as mentioned above but for an alcoholic drink you can't beat a pint of good English ale, or cider is also traditional and well-liked.

    In more recent years, English wine has gone from the butt of jokes in the wine world, to now being world-renowned.