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5 Great Foods of Great Britain: Spotted Dick + More Hilarity

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Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

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The United Kingdom has such a confusing culinary reputation. At once birthplace to a few of the world's blandest dishes, and yet the same place that brought us Gordon Ramsay and some of the most hilariously named foods imaginable.

It's those foods that we honor today: The oddly named, the somewhat vulgar and the just plain perplexing from England, Scotland and Wales. It was hard to narrow it down to just five, and to ignore that old favorite, bubble and squeak, but we did. Turn the page for the best named British food, past and present.

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5. Cullen Skink:

To those not in the know, the name seems like either gibberish or a singing woodland creature not yet featured in a Disney film -- but the dish itself is a truly lovely smoked fish and potato soup that is the specialty of a village in Scotland. Other fantastically named Scottish dishes include clapshot and cock-a-leekie. We like Scotland.

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4. Tatties and Bashed Neeps:

It's SO close to being entirely inappropriate save a few vowels. Turns out they are mashed potatoes and turnips, respectively. No wonder they went sassy. Commonly served with haggis, which if you don't know, is a sheep's stomach stuffed with oatmeal and assorted sheep offal. It tastes better than it sounds.

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3. Spotted Dick:

We'd be remiss if this classic wasn't on the list. Available in cans, we suspect this ends up in bachelorette party gift bags more often than it is actually consumed Stateside. Too bad really, it's a sweet sponge cake, studded with dried fruit. Lately, some restaurateurs have taken to calling is Spotted Richard, which we think takes all the fun out of it.

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