British Recipes

If you want to make British recipes at home, try classic fish & chips, Yorkshire pudding, Scotch eggs, Shepherd's pie, delicious trifles, scones, and more!

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Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 780
You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 699
Old-style pubs have it right: Sitting down to a generous helping of shepherd's pie is a true pleasure; making it is happily simple. We've added sharp cheddar to our mashed potatoes for a snappy topping.

Devils on Horseback

Rating: 3.5 stars 333
Don't let the sinister name throw you -- these bacon-wrapped dates couldn't be more delicious. Martha takes them to the next level by stuffing the dried fruit with pungent Stilton.

Spotted Dick

One of the most popular British puddings is spotted dick. The latter half of the phrase was a nineteenth-century British word for plain pudding; the spots are typically raisins, but we used dried currants. (The dessert also goes by spotted dog.) In this recipe, the time-honored suet (beef fat) is swapped for butter. Vanilla-specked creme anglaise is on top.

Grand Raspberry Trifle

Rating: 3.5 stars 361
English trifle can be made in one large dish or several small dishes. Ours combines fruit, jam, juice-drenched pound cake, and whipped cream.

Prime Rib Roast

Rating: 4 stars 246
Serve the holiday-worthy roast with its traditional side dish, Yorkshire Pudding.

Mummy's Sweet White Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 132
This mouthwatering recipe for scones is courtesy of Petersham Nursery.

Coddled Eggs

Rating: 3 stars 95
Coddling is a gentle steaming method that yields a tender egg. The eggs are cooked individually in coddling cups-ceramic cups with screw-on lids available at kitchen-supply stores. Four-ounce baby-food jars can be used as well. Garnish with chopped herbs, onion, or cooked bacon.

Cottage Pie

Rating: 4 stars 101
A traditional cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes. We used potato slices, which saves time and looks good, too. For a shepherd's pie, use lamb. Or, try a turkey twist: Add 2 cups finely minced turkey meat along with the peas.

Pimm's Cup Pitcher

Rating: 4 stars 19
A big batch of this refreshing, fruity cocktail is perfect for a brunch or daytime gathering.

Lemon Tassies

Rating: 3 stars 194
Easy to make and charming in appearance, these tiny tarts are an ideal dinner-party dessert. The name is derived from the Scottish word for a "small cup."

Cranberry Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 237
We used cranberries instead of currants in these traditional, crumbly British scones for an irresistible winter treat. Try them for breakfast or with afternoon tea.
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Ground Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Rating: Unrated 52
Lean ground turkey has significantly less saturated fat than beef. It tastes rich and earthy when simmered with chipotle chili powder. Carrots and peas brighten the filling, while yogurt, stirred into the mashed potatoes and parsnips, adds calcium.
Perfect Scones
Rating: Unrated 9
Flaky, delicious scones make for a tasty tea time treat. This recipe is from Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres.
Jam Roly-Poly

The cylindrical shape of the roly-poly recalls the days when puddings were cooked in cloths instead of bowls. The pudding is a sheet of dough that has been slathered with jam or marmalade, rolled up, and then baked on a rack in a pan filled with hot water.