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Why You Shouldn't Be Scared To Try Jellied Eels

We all love pie and mash, but if there’s one part of this classic meal that’s off-putting for many, it’s jellied eels.


Part of the city's rich history, jellied eels have long been a traditional accompaniment to pie and mash, particularly in the East End. However, for some, the mere thought of these slippery creatures is enough to give them the ick.


But surprisingly, a closer look at jellied eels actually reveals a different side to this culinary classic. Here, we delve into the rich history of jellied eels and explain why you shouldn’t be afraid to try them.


It’s Tradition


Firstly, if you want a traditional pie and mash dish that’s as authentic as it gets, then jellied eels are a must.


These small fish are part of a cultural legacy that harks back to a time when they were a staple for the working class of London. Today, these jellied wonders serve as a connection to the city's culinary roots, so if you want a true taste of the city’s history then give them a try!


They’re Nutritious


Okay, so you might think they look a tad revolting and you might even be right! But jellied eels offer more than meets the eye. 


Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential nutrients, they contribute to a wholesome and nutritious meal.  So as well as being a traditional staple and tasting better than most would expect, they’re also nutritional powerhouses.


Unexpectedly Yummy Delights 


Despite their unconventional appearance and texture, jellied eels hold a surprising and unexpected yumminess. The soft texture of the eels, combined with the subtly seasoned jelly, creates a taste that might catch you off guard - in a good way!


Give it a chance, and you might just find yourself coming back for more!


Embracing New Culinary Adventures


For a true culinary experience, we often have to push ourselves beyond our boundaries, and jellied eels present the perfect opportunity to do just that.


Venturing beyond your comfort zone is not just about food –  it's a mindset. Trying jellied eels could be the adventure you’re looking for, and it might be just what you need to try other delicacies, unlocking a whole new world of culinary marvels.


So there we have it! As you can see, there are multiple reasons why trying jellied eels could be an amazing experience.


Although many often approach them with scepticism, they’re a huge part of London’s past and they’re a nutritional addition to your pie and mash.


So, the next time you sit down for a plate of pie and mash, consider experiencing a taste of the unexpected world of jellied eels. Chances are you won’t regret it!


If you’re hosting a party or event and you want some traditional grub to offer your guests, speak to us about our pie and mash mobile catering service. Eels are options of course!


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