Okay – credit where credit is due. Traditional British, Sunday roasts are awesome. There’s meat, there’s a hole lot of stodge, there’s gravy – so much gravy. But the truth is that many of Malta’s local dishes can totally compare with this meaty, carby goodness – and in some cases even beat it. #OhNoSheDidnt
Here’s a list of Maltese foods that can absolutely challenge a good ol’ roast for Sunday’s most deliciously warming lunch.
We’ll take your roast beef and then we’ll roll it up with some more meat inside it – how do you like that? Yup, braġoli – in all their meaty goodness – are Malta’s proof that anything phallic-shaped is more fun to eat.
2. Patata l-Forn
Pulpetti have it all – they’ve got meat, but they’ve also got garlic and parsley and generally more of a Mediterranean flavour. They also come in a cute round format.
4. Qarabagħli Mimli Bil-Kapuljat
(Marrows stuffed with minced meat)
Traditional roasts always include a vegetable on the side. Well, we like to mix things up here in Malta. Literally – we create a minced meat mix and put it into our vegetables. And it’s divine.
5. Torta Tal-Lampuki
(Dorado fish pie)
One might argue that this doesn’t tick the typical roast-make up: meat, carb, veg. But one would be wrong – it totally does. And there is nothing that tastes as yummy as it’s salty, stodgy goodness.
6. Laħam Fuq Il-Fwar
Okay, granted this sounds not-so-nice. But it is actually delicious. It’s loaded with garlic goodness and it’s cooked for so long that the meat melts into your mouthful like a mini-flavour explosion. Simplicity wins – as always.
7. Brodu taċ-Ċanga
We can also provide a soup-version of a traditional beef roast, including, but not limited to, the following ingredients: beef, potatoes, turnips, carrots, and other roast-ish things. It is gorgeous and makes you feel like someone is hugging you for all of lunchtime.