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This sandwich must feature thick, almost steaklike slices of aged cheddar. Cheddar cutlets, if you will. The aging adds tangy sharpness and a more crumbly rather than creamy texture. Then, a thick layer of Branston pickle, made from sweet gherkins, cauliflower, carrots, onions and rutabaga in a thick, sweet sauce which tastes somewhat like ketchup. We definitely don’t have an equivalent stateside, but plenty of supermarkets stock the most ubiquitous British foods — malt vinegar, Cadbury’s chocolate, tea biscuits and the like — and Branston pickle can often be found. Try the Indian store as a last resort, no joke.
re However, is there anything better than Roast Beast with Yorkshire Pudding?
Yeah. That's hard to beat. My wife introduced me to Yorkshire pudding. For me it was an acquired taste, but it does indeed go well with the roast beast.
As for the cheese and pickle sandwich, I could eat one but it wouldn't be my first choice. I prefer red meat between two slices of bread. Besides, that much cheese might give me a copious amount of intestinal gas.
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Guys, "British" is not an ethnicity anymore than "American" is. The food in the UK varies from region to region (as it does in your country). And it varies in quality from "grot" to gastropub (as it does in your country).
When I lived in London, I enjoyed dinners that were of the highest quality. But, unsurprisingly, the quick bite I'd grab at the Roadchef on the M1 outside Northampton was rather less appealing.
Maybe semi-easy, what with the canning and all. But mainly it sounds like a LOT OF PICKLE (4 one-pound jars ~ half-gallon). I'll need to scan the supermarket for those magic days when swede, courgette, and cauliflower are all in season.
Fortunately for us Texas tire-kickers, Branston Pickle is available online from World Market, and on the shelf at H-E-B Central Markets. It's quite tasty with Tillamook Cheddar; next stop is a Branston and olive salad spread for my newly invented Branston Mufaletta.
A minor running gag in the Masterpiece Mystery Series Endeavour is young Morse remarking on his mentor Inspector Thursday's utterly predictable luncheon sandwich of "cheese and pickle." Sounds unappetizing to Texan ears until it's decoded into cheddar and Branston. Henceforth, cheese and pickle sliders are my household's Endeavour snack.
Wowsa! The Toasted Branston Mufaletta was a big, delicious success. Chop a half cup each green and black olives, mix with a half cup Branston pickle, and spread on toasted buns for the mufalettas. Put the cold cuts ham side to the spread. DE-E-LICIOUS!
Why did no one say how good Branston pickle tastes with ham?