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5 Things that Go Great with HP Brown Sauce

Updated on October 12, 2016

HP (Houses of Parliament) Sauce

HP brown sauce is a British confectionery sauce that you'll find in almost every supermarket, restaurant and cafe in England. It's also available in some US supermarkets in the international sections, and can even be bought on websites such as the English Tea Store and the British Corner Shop. HP sauce has even been named an "English staple", as so many people in the UK say that they can't live without it on their sandwiches or fried breakfasts. Here's five foods that go great with a little (or even a lot) HP brown sauce added to them.



No bacon sandwich is complete without brown sauce. Whether your sandwich is on soft bread or toast, scraping butter on one piece and brown sauce on the other gives you the perfect blend of flavours. The tangy taste of the sauce compliments the meatiness of the bacon. Spread brown sauce on both pieces of the bread if you prefer.

HP sauce goes very well with fried meats like bacon, and some argue that a sandwich just isn't as enjoyable without it. Try topping your bacon sandwich with a fried egg for an even bolder meal.


Another fried meat that is usually part of a 'full English breakfast' is sausages. Any type of sausages that you choose will do, but a particularly good choice is Cumberland sausages with black pepper, chopped, fried and put on toast with HP brown sauce. It is the perfect breakfast, lunch or brunch on a Sunday mid-morning.

Sausages by themselves can also be enjoyed with HP sauce, by using it as a dip, and pigs in blankets are also an excellent choice.


Battered fish

Fish and chips is a classic English dish available in virtually every corner and coastal town of England, so it only makes sense that classic HP brown sauce can be added to it as well. The fish is fried and battered, and adding brown sauce gives the savoury, oily taste of the fish a tangy kick. Thick chips go very well with it too as a dip, or poured onto them like ketchup.

Some fish and chip shops even offer packets of HP sauce that you can ask for with your order.


Grilled Cheese / Cheese on Toast

Cheese on toast is always a treat. There's nothing better than sizzling cheddar or Glastonbury on crunchy toast served with a cup of tea. An excellent addition to this fantastic snack or meal is to spread a thin layer of brown sauce onto the toast before you add the cheese, giving it the boost it needs to go from yummy to delicious.

On a side note - you can also add a small sprinkle of black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder and/or Tabasco sauce to cheese on toast for variety.


In minced meat

Minced beef, pork and lamb are wonderfully versatile ingredients that you can really make your own with herbs, spices and sauces. Adding a dash of HP sauce to your shepherds pie, spaghetti bolognese, or even in beef burgers can give your dish a little extra flavour. Its particularly good with shepherd's pie as it mixes with the potatoes and the vegetables to add a tangy kick to your dish.

Other possibilities include adding HP sauce to baked potatoes, casseroles, stews or using it as a marinade for meat and vegetables. HP brown sauce is a source of endless possibilities. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!


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    • poppyr profile image

      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      You can buy it in the US in the British sections! (Currently staying in TN and bought it here)

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      Foodeee 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      What is this stuff made of? Never had it here in the US

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      Poppy 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for your kind comment :D

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      dandelionweeds 3 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! I put this sauce in gravies and sauces all the time. I call it my secret ingredient.