UKTV recently took a survey of British people to discover their favourite recipes.

Maybe not surprisingly half of the recipes are foreign, but we think the British versions deserve to be defined as British dishes in their own right. Apparently, the new-found kitchen adventurousness of the British people is thanks to the influence of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith.

Below is the list of Britain’s 10 favourite foods.

1. Spaghetti Bolognese

Originally from Italy, ‘spag bol’ has acquired a uniquely British taste of its own. According to the survey, 6 out of 10 British people can cook spaghetti bolognese without a recipe.

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2. Roast dinner

Good old meat and two veg is still high on the list.

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3. Chili con carne

More foreign inspiration, this time from Mexico.

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4. Lasagne

Unlike in Italy, where there is only one recipe for lasagne, Brits feel free to mix it up with different variations on traditional lasagne – vegetables, meat, lentils and even fish!

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5. Cottage or shepherd’s pie

An old favourite – minced beef (for a cottage pie) or lamb (for a shepherd’s pie) with mashed potato on top.

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6. Meat or fish stir-fry

The origins are Chinese, but you won’t find anything like this in China.

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7. Beef casserole

Casseroles have made a comeback in British cooking and now feature on the menu of many gastropubs

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8. Macaroni cheese

Comfort food at its best. The macaroni are Italian, the sauce is pure British.

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9. Toad in the hole

Sausages in a type of batter called Yorkshire pudding. There are many theories, but no-one really knows where the name comes from.

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10. Meat, fish or vegetable curry

Loosely based on Indian cuisine, the ‘curry’ is now a staple in the British kitchen. As a proof, it can even be served with chips.

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About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.