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Americans Are Just Discovering Jacket Potatoes And They're Not Impressed

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Americans Are Just Discovering Jacket Potatoes And They're Not Impressed

For many of us Brits, there is nothing better than a crispy jacket potato, with a hot, fluffy centre.

Top it with beans and cheese, slather it with tuna mayo or pack it up with coleslaw - the comforting meal really does have an endless amount of possibilities, and it hits the spot every time.

But did you know that the jacket potato isn't actually known the world over? And, even more shocking, many people don't think it sounds appetising at all..

Chrissy Teigen alerted us to this fact when she tweeted about the meal over the weekend.

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Chrissy Teigen shared jacket potatoes on her Twitter and a fierce debate begun (Credit: Twitter/ Chrissy Teigen)
Chrissy Teigen shared jacket potatoes on her Twitter and a fierce debate begun (Credit: Twitter/ Chrissy Teigen)

"Just [learned] about jacket potatoes," she wrote, alongside recipes for a jacket potato with beans, and for one with tuna-mayo and sweetcorn.

"I am reporting this to the FBI anyone eating this is a certified psychopath," one person wrote in the comments.

While another penned: "I'd rather choke!"

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"I'd like to hear less," another sassily commented, too, as a fourth wrote: "Everyone's saying they're delicious but I'm convinced they're lying. Not falling for it."

Not everybody was sold on the idea (Credit: Twitter)
Not everybody was sold on the idea (Credit: Twitter)
Fans voiced their disgust online (Credit: Twitter)
Fans voiced their disgust online (Credit: Twitter)
Some US followers weren't impressed (Credit: Twitter)
Some US followers weren't impressed (Credit: Twitter)
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It seems it isn't just Americans who weren't into the idea.

"Chrissy, I adore you but that's just disgusting. Love, absolutely everyone in Australia," another of her followers wrote.

Of course, the Brits were quick to slide into the conversation, too, defending their favourite supper and expressing their surprise at everybody's disgusted responses.

"The number of Americans replying to this who don't know what jacket potatoes are is bending my brain a bit. For English people this is like saying you've never heard of bread," one person wrote.

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Brits were quick to defend the humble jacket potato (Credit: Twitter)
Brits were quick to defend the humble jacket potato (Credit: Twitter)

While another wrote: "Just so you know, I take this as a direct attack on my culture".

Us, too.

It looks as if some of the outrage comes not over the concept of a jacket potato, but the misguided belief that Brits mix tuna mayo and beans and cheese all-in-one.

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Although, we're sure there are many people who are pretty into that combo, too, tbh.

Chrissy regularly seems to spark foodie debates on Twitter. Not so long ago a fierce disagreement over Yorkshire puddings also launched after a picture of her recipe for 'fluffy popovers' went viral.

Chrissy's 'fluffy popover' recipe went viral (Credit: Twitter)
Chrissy's 'fluffy popover' recipe went viral (Credit: Twitter)

Posting a picture online from the model's new book Cravings: Hungry For More, one fan wrote: "I've just found out that @chrissyteigen has renamed Yorkshire Puddings to Fluffy Popovers. Why?!"

To which Chrissy replied: "I didn't, we call them popovers, but you look like you want some drama so go for it - just don't tag me next time thanks!"

And, just like that, Twitter went wild.

"Chrissy, I love and respect ypu but they are Yorkshire puddings," wrote one of her followers in retaliation.

While another penned: "Just had to unfollow Chrissy Teigen for blasphemy over Yorkshire puddings & I'm surprised how intensely I feel about this".

Chrissy regularly sparks food debates (Credit: PA)
Chrissy regularly sparks food debates (Credit: PA)

While there was a hell of a lot of uproar about Chrissy's recipe - and she even had to mute the Twitter thread where it was all kicking off - it soon became apparent that it was all a bit of a fuss over nothing.

As many Twitter users pointed out, Chrissy didn't rename Yorkshire Puddings, but was instead referring to a US recipe, which is rather similar, but not exactly the same.

A Popover has a similar batter to a Yorkshire Pudding (essentially eggs, flour, and milk or water), but the difference comes in how they are prepared.

Brits will defend Yorkshire Puddings until the very end (Credit: PA)
Brits will defend Yorkshire Puddings until the very end (Credit: PA)

The American recipe is usually cooked in a 'Popover pan' or a muffin tin - like Chrissy's was. Meanwhile, a Yorkshire Pudding is traditionally baked in a pan, which has been heavily greased with beef fat.

The other difference is that Yorkshire Puddings are savoury, and consumed almost exclusively alongside a roast dinner to mop up meat and gravy, meanwhile, Popovers can be enjoyed savoury or sweet (Chrissy likes them with melted brie and blackberry jam. Mmmm).

Call them what you want - they both sound pretty dreamy.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Tasty Food, Chrissy Teigen, Celebrity News, Tasty

Joanna Freedman
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