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Yorkshire pudding BEFORE meal -anyone else?

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Bluesheep8 Sun 01-Apr-18 08:35:20

My DP insists on having a Yorkshire pudding in a bowl with gravy BEFORE a roast beef dinner. I'd never heard of this before I met him and I've always had mine with the meal and still do. Does anyone else do this or recognise this? I wonder if it's a regional thing (he is from yorkshire) interested to hear...

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OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 01-Apr-18 08:36:14

I think it was a way of ensuring that the meat stretched further by filling people up a bit first.

Starlighter Sun 01-Apr-18 08:38:19

Nope, never heard of this! My Yorkshire pudding goes on my plate with my dinner! It’s not a starter?!

NannyR Sun 01-Apr-18 08:39:00

I'm from Yorkshire and have had Yorkshire pudding as a starter. I think it's a traditional thing, back in the days where people had large families and not much money for food, a slab of stodgy pudding with gravy would fill you up so you didn't need to eat so much meat and veg.

loobylou10 Sun 01-Apr-18 08:40:52

My dad did this when we were younger. Also a very weird combo of Yorkshire pud, mushy peas and gravy as starter. Said it was traditional. (We’re in Yorkshire if that’s relevant).

Mermaid36 Sun 01-Apr-18 08:41:11

Yep, when we were small (in the 80's) my mum and both sets of grandparents served their Yorkshire puddings first

ohamIreally Sun 01-Apr-18 08:41:29

Yes having it as a starter is a Yorkshire thing.

brittanyfairies Sun 01-Apr-18 08:41:38

I'm from the North East - always had Yorkshire pudding or suet pudding and gravy served first before the meal.

I'm lazy, it goes on the same plate these days

Gatekeeper Sun 01-Apr-18 08:41:54

This used ti be the way in working class Durham in my dad's day and as already said it was a way of filling up as the rest of the meal would have been very modest proportions.

isthismylifenow Sun 01-Apr-18 08:41:56

Yes, always this way when we ate at my Nanas when I was a child. Pretty sure it was so the roast and veg could be a much smaller portion for feeding us more economically.

ohamIreally Sun 01-Apr-18 08:43:10

It's not a regional thing btw - it's called Yorkshire pudding. Everyone else (including me) is doing it wrong grin

Wh0KnowsWhereTheT1meG0es Sun 01-Apr-18 08:46:31

Yes, normal. I was brought up to always have it on it's own with gravy first, although not in a separate bowl, just on the plate uou were going to use for the rest of the meal. We rarely have roasts at home now, but I still wince a bit when it is served with the rest of the food instead of on its own.

thepurpleladys Sun 01-Apr-18 08:48:00

It's a Yorkshire thing. Local tradition.

It is their Yorkshire pudding after all and those from Yorkshire get to say how it's eaten.

sandgrown Sun 01-Apr-18 08:48:44

When we got married (in Yorkshire) we had a roast dinner. The Yorkshire pudding was served first which confused some of our guests from further afield! My son was made up to find that in the local pub near my cousin's house in Yorkshire he could have a whole big Yorkshire pudding as a startergrin

HeadingForSunshine Sun 01-Apr-18 08:48:53

It's done in Yorkshire. Traditionally to fill up the family and stretch the meat. DH's parents did it because they were mean. They revelled in their stinginess.

lifechangesforever Sun 01-Apr-18 08:52:43

Yep, Yorkshire pudding as a starter is quite a regular feature on menus up here in Yorkshire.

I don't have starters when I cook a dinner (unless it's Xmas!) so it just goes on the same plate.

My dad also used to fill them with cream and jam, which sounds disgusting but it's really not confused

What I really don't get though is people who have a roast dinner and no yorkie!!

RumerGodden Sun 01-Apr-18 08:53:54

I eat it for breakfast...the yanks make a version called popovers which are essentially small yorkies...eaten with butter and/or jam...

so eaten a long time before dinner!

mummabeargrr Sun 01-Apr-18 08:53:54

My MIL always used to say she had her Yorkshire Pudding with jam as a child... never tried it, I suppose I should.

loobylou10 Sun 01-Apr-18 08:59:00

Yorkshire pud with treacle on - don’t knock it til you’ve tried it

TwitterQueen1 Sun 01-Apr-18 09:00:08

It's not 'mean', it's perfectly normal and traditional and as others have said, stems from the days when meat was a luxury and people filled up on it before the main meal.

And tbh, my lot would eat it over meat any day of the week!

BossWitch Sun 01-Apr-18 09:00:23

I don't do it but it is what they were originally made for - Yorkshire pudding and onion gravy to start filling you up for cheap before the rest of the meal. Technically everyone not doing it this way (me included!) is wrong!

topcat2014 Sun 01-Apr-18 09:02:37

Per James Herriot books: them as eats most pudding gets most meat! Oh, and it is the same as pancake mix, so could go with jam.

Coolaschmoola Sun 01-Apr-18 09:15:57

'...regional thing...'

You can't call a traditional dish eaten as per the original purpose a regional variation. The variation is everyone who DOESN'T have it first.

Yorkshire pudding in Yorkshire traditionally before the meat and veg. We used to have it like this as children. Best part of the dinner!

Icequeen01 Sun 01-Apr-18 09:17:59

When we used to visit my grandparents in Sunderland my grandad always cooked the Yorkshire puddings on a Sunday and served them before the main meal. I used to love it. It's one of my favourite memories of him and reading this post has made me think of him which I'm ashamed to say I haven't in a long while as he's been gone for nearly 30 years now 😢

mindboggled88 Sun 01-Apr-18 09:20:36

I'm from Yorkshire but I've not ever heard of that! All goes down whatever way you do it though :D

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