The Traditional British Pork Pie
If you visit a British food shop in the US or Canada, you’ll probably see pork pies for sale. These pies, made from chopped pork and sealed in pastry, have become something of a delicacy in Britain; they’re cheap, filling and taste delicious. They have their origins in the Middle Ages, and are usually served cold, possibly with some mustard or relish, and are perfect when eaten with a pint of British beer. Although the pork pies in your local Brit food store probably taste good, they may not taste quite as good as pies made in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray. The town has become famous for its gourmet meat pies, with one pie shop serving them since 1851. Pies from Melton Mowbray have been given Protected Geographical Indication, which gives them the same protected status as Champagne from France.