Serving Suggestions: Creative Ways to Enjoy Gravy and Yorkshire Pudding
Gravy is a staple of British cuisine, especially when it comes to the traditional Sunday roast. It’s a rich, savoury sauce that can elevate any meal, but it’s even better when served with the perfect accompaniment the Yorkshire pudding.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of gravy in British culture and share tips and tricks for making the perfect Yorkshire pudding to go with it.
Gravy Runs Deep
An astounding 93% of respondents indicated that gravy is an essential component of their traditional Sunday roast, proving that this rich, savoury sauce is truly embedded in the fabric of British cuisine.
A Taste of Home
88% of participants agreed that the smell and taste of gravy evoke feelings of comfort and nostalgia, transporting them back to cherished memories of family gatherings and festive celebrations.
The Great Gravy Debate
The survey also uncovered a nation divided, with 67% of respondents preferring a thick and glossy gravy, while 33% opting for a thinner, more pourable consistency. A little more of a bizarre insight shows that 31% of Brits Drink leftover gravy straight from the jug.
The Perfect Accompaniment to Gravy is without a doubt the traditional British dish of Yorkshire pudding, especially perfect as part of a Sunday roast. The batter for Yorkshire pudding is made from a few simple ingredients: flour, eggs, milk, and salt. The key to a good Yorkshire pudding is getting it to rise, creating a light and airy texture that’s perfect for soaking up gravy.
Secret to Making Yorkshire Puddings Rise
The secret to making Yorkshire puddings rise is to use a hot oven and hot oil.
- Preheat your oven to 220°C (200°C fan)
- Place a muffin tin or baking dish in the oven to heat up.
- In a bowl, whisk together 225g of flour, 4 eggs, and 300 ml of milk until you have a smooth batter.
- Season with salt and white pepper.
- Carefully remove the hot muffin tin or baking dish from the oven and pour in the batter.
- Return to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen.
Yorkshire Pudding Mix
When making Yorkshire pudding batter, it should be thick but still pourable. The consistency should be similar to that of double cream. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk until you get the right consistency. Don’t overmix the batter as this can cause the puddings to be tough instead of light and airy.
Celebrity Chefs Yorkshire Pudding Recipes: There are many different variations of Yorkshire pudding recipes out there, but here are a few from some well-known chefs:
- Jamie Oliver’s Yorkshire pudding recipe includes rosemary and garlic for extra flavour. Note – Jamie is from southern England and therefore his recipe should be used with caution
- Mary Berry’s recipe uses beef dripping instead of oil for a richer taste. Note – Mary is also from southern England and therefore her recipe should also be used with caution
- James Martin’s recipe includes beer for a unique twist on the classic dish. Note – James is from the north but now resides in the south, so some caution should be observed
- The World Yorkshire Pudding Champion, Chris Blackburn’s Recipe. Note – Chris is from the North and still lives in the North – This a recipe that should be used as your go-to recipe
Gravy and Yorkshire pudding are a match made in heaven, and they’re an essential part of any traditional British Sunday roast. By following these tips and recipes, you’ll be able to create the perfect Yorkshire pudding to go with your gravy, and you’ll be transported back to cherished memories of family gatherings and festive celebrations.