This spin on a classic ploughman’s lunch is easy, and delicious! Cheese, ham, fruit, bread, pickle and beer…what more could you ask for?
It’s FINALLY happening…the movie version of Downton Abbey! While the Southern husband awaits the baseball playoffs and the Southern daughter exults in the glory of Clemson winning yet another championship over Alabama, I am all about the Downton Abbey movie.
And so in honor of this momentous event, here is a totally inauthentic but heartfelt version of a British favorite….ploughman’s lunch!
According to my copious research, ploughman’s lunch is a traditional English cold meal that includes cheese, bread and beer, and often also features cold meat, pickle and/or a hardboiled egg.
Other items I’ve run across as I dug deeper were chutney, sausage, apples and pickled onions. I have no idea which combo of these various things make up the authentic version, but since I had a number of them actually in my house at the time that I made this, I decided to go for the New Jersey version of the ploughman’s lunch. Here goes!
Here’s how you make my version of a Ploughman’s Lunch!
First, A hunk of country bread. That seems to be consistent across all descriptions, and I had just made my favorite almost-no-knead bread that day, so all set there.
Second, A few slices of sharp cheddar. Obviously this is supposed to be English cheddar, but I always, always have a chunk of Vermont Cabot cheddar in my fridge. Yum.
Third, Apple slices. Self-explanatory.
Fourth, Pickles. Now, I saw everything from actual pickles to chutney to pickled onions in the various descriptions of ploughman’s lunch, so I’m thinking that pickle up there covers the general pickle/pickled/chutney category. Plus I love making refrigerator pickles, so I had about 50 of them on hand.
Which brings me to the final essential item for a ploughman’s lunch. Beer.
I know. I know. But it was either this or the Southern husband’s stash of Landshark. Go ahead, all you sticklers for authenticity, let me have it. I know I seriously crossed the line with this one.
So there you have it, my somewhat off-kilter but heartfelt culinary ode to Downton Abbey. And one of the tastiest, easiest lunches I know.Print
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- 2 ounces sliced ham or other cold cooked meat
- 2 ounces sliced cheddar or other firm cheese
- 2 apple wedges or other seasonal fruit
- 1 pickle
- 2 slices or wedges of country style bread
- 1 12 ounce bottle of beer!
- Place everything listed above except for the beer on a plate.
- Serve with beer. (How easy was THAT?)
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. Let’s cook together!