Despite being able to fly directly from the UK to Chicago (and vice versa), the Windy City and the United Kingdom are pretty far away from one another.
The cuisines native to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are just a bit different from the local cuisine popular in Chicago. For example, in the UK, one can easily find many different types of Yorkshire Pudding. When someone travels to Chicago, they have plenty of different styles of deep dish pizza to choose from.
One supermarket chain in the United Kingdom wants to combine the two, albeit unintentionally.
Morrisons, which is a supermarket chain in the UK, is celebrating Yorkshire Pudding Day on February 3rd by unveiling their newest creation: Yorkshire Pudding Pizza. Here is what Metro UK wrote about Morrison’s “invention.”
The cheese and batter hybrid combines a crispy Yorkshire pudding base – made in Doncaster in South Yorkshire – with a filling of tomato sauce and mozzarella. It’ll be available in two flavours: classic pepperoni, or meat feast – made up of mini meatballs, pepperoni, spicy beef and jalapeno chillies – with each Yorkshire Pizza costing £3.
That sounds… exactly like… deep dish pizza.
Because it is.
The “crispy Yorkshire pudding base” includes a filling of tomato sauce and mozzarella, the foundations of deep dish pizza. By calling it ‘Yorkshire Pudding Pizza,’ Morrisons is effectively rebranding deep dish pizza as Yorkshire pudding pizza.
The newest version of deep dish pizza, which on its own has been around since possibly as early as 1943, will be available at the 491 Morrisons stores in the UK. Here is what Morrisons’ Yorkshire Pudding Expert (yes, that’s a real job) Jenny Dixon said about their re-creation:
“Everyone loves Yorkshire pudding and everyone loves pizza, so we are combining the two to create the ultimate comfort food for Yorkshire Pudding Day. The crust is made the same way as a typical Yorkshire pudding and is topped the same way as one of our pizzas. We’re looking forward to hearing what customers think but we hope that they’ll love it!”
I have yet to try Morrisons take on deep dish pizza, but my guess is it tastes like deep dish pizza made with Yorkshire pudding. How creative! What’s next? A Whole Foods version of fish and chips made with shrimp tempura and lightly fried potato strips?