Food is one of the great joys in life, and trying new dishes can be an exciting adventure. And if you live in a rich culinary heritage, you can enjoy a diverse range of cuisines offering delicious and unique flavors waiting to be discovered. So why wait? Let’s explore some dishes that you absolutely must try this weekend. From traditional British classics to exotic international flavors, this post will guide you through each dish, giving you a taste of its unique flavor and texture. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just looking to expand your palate, these dishes will please even the pickiest of eaters.
Traditional British Dishes
Fish and Chips
Fish and chips is an iconic British dish that locals and tourists love. In fact, Sunderland is home to one of the UK’s largest fish and chips restaurants, the Colmans Seafood Temple, which can seat up to 250 diners and serves a variety of traditional fish and chips dishes as well as seafood platters and other specialties.
This classic dish consists of battered haddock or cod that’s fried until crispy and golden brown and is served with thick-cut chips, which are also deep-fried until crispy. You can pair it with tartar sauce or malt vinegar. The fish is flaky and tender, while the chips are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Fish and chips is quite easy to make at home, so if you love cooking, here’s a recipe for you:
- Make the batter by mixing flour, baking powder, salt, and beer.
- Dip the fish in the batter and deep-fry it until crispy.
- Cut the potatoes into thick chips and deep-fry them until golden brown.
- Serve with tartar sauce or malt vinegar.
However, if you wish to try it from some of the top restaurants in the city, go for a Sunderland takeaway. Try Sunderland Eats, a local food takeout app that delivers your food right to your doorstep.
Bangers and Mash
Bangers and mash is a comfort food that’s perfect for cold and rainy days. The dish consists of sausages, usually pork, that is grilled or fried until browned. It’s served with mashed potatoes and onion gravy. The sausages are juicy and flavorful, while the mashed potatoes are creamy and buttery. The onion gravy adds a savoury and rich flavour to the dish.
To make a delicious plate of bangers and mash at home, you’ll need sausages, potatoes, butter, milk and onions.
- Start by browning the sausages in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Then, create creamy mashed potatoes with butter and milk before stirring in fried onions to add a crunchy texture.
- Lastly, whip up your gravy using beef stock for extra flavour.
- Serve everything together hot for an irresistible meal that’s sure to please all taste buds.
Chicken Tikka Masala
The irresistible flavours of this traditional Indian-inspired dish are loved by many Britishers. It consists of grilled chicken that’s cooked in a creamy tomato-based sauce. The sauce is usually spiced with a blend of Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, and turmeric. You can serve it with rice or naan bread. The chicken is tender and juicy, while the sauce is rich and creamy with a hint of spice.
Even if you’ve never stepped foot in a professional kitchen, this classic chicken tikka masala dish is surprisingly simple to make at home. Gather your ingredients marinated chicken, yoghurt, tomatoes & cream, and some cumin, coriander & turmeric spices then get cooking.
- Grill the marinated meat until golden brown and set aside while preparing the creamy tomato sauce with your choice of seasonings.
- When ready, combine both elements together before serving over warm rice or naan bread for an unforgettable taste sensation.
You can also find chicken tikka masala at most local Indian restaurants.
A classic vegetarian dish that merges cheese and spinach. The cubed paneer pairs perfectly with the spinach and a blend of Indian spices. The paneer is firm and creamy, while the spinach is flavourful and aromatic.
To make a delicious saag paneer at home, you’ll need spinach, cheese cubes (paneer), onion, tomato and some Indian spices like cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
- Simply simmer the spinach with all these aromatic spices before adding your cubed paneer to complete this flavourful dish.
- Serve it with fluffy white rice or freshly made naan bread for an amazing meal.
Paella is a Spanish dish consisting of rice cooked with seafood, such as shrimp, mussels, and squid. The traditional saffron flavouring lends a vibrant yellow hue to the rice and is typically accompanied by juicy lemon wedges and fresh parsley for added flavour. The tender seafood delicately pairs with the fragrant aromas of its aromatic rice bedding.
Looking to master paella in the comfort of your own home? You’ll need some rice, seafood, onion, tomato, saffron and garlic.
- Start by cooking the rice with the seafood before adding all those amazing flavours.
- Don’t forget a few lemon wedges and parsley for garnishing — they really make it pop.
If you’re craving the authentic taste of paella, look no further than your neighbourhood Spanish eatery.
Moussaka is a Greek dish that is made from layers of potatoes, eggplant, and ground lamb that are baked in a tomato-based sauce. The dish is typically topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and is served with a Greek salad. The lamb is tender and flavorful, while the eggplant and potatoes are soft and creamy.
To create a savoury moussaka dish in your own kitchen, gather ground lamb, potatoes, eggplant, tomato and béchamel sauce.
- Start by sautéeing the lamb with the tomato sauce until cooked through; layer slices of potato and eggplant on top of one another within a baking dish.
- Pour over the seasoned lamb mixture, then complete it all off with an even layer of béchamel sauce for added richness.
- Place into the oven to bake until golden brown perfection is achieved — ending off this luxurious feast with a Greek salad for accompaniment.
There you have it — easy and delicious dishes that you must try this weekend. These dishes represent the diverse culinary landscape of the UK and are perfect for foodies who love to explore new cuisines. There’s something for everyone, from traditional British dishes to Indian-inspired and Mediterranean dishes.