Gentleman's Relish

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The Gentleman's Relish

Gentleman's Relish is a type of anchovy paste. It is also known as Patum Peperium.

It was created in 1828 by an Englishman called John Osborn.[1] It has a strong, very salty and slightly fishy taste, and contains anchovies (minimum 60%), butter, herbs and spices. Today, the secret recipe is withheld from all but one employee at Elsenham Quality Foods in Elsenham, England, the licensed manufacturer.[1]

Gentleman's Relish is traditionally eaten thinly spread on slices of buttered white-bread toast, either on its own, or with cucumber, or "mustard and cress" sprouts. It can also be added to minced meat for a different-tasting cottage pie or to the mixture for fish cakes, potato cakes, and croquettes. Alternatively it can be melted into scrambled eggs or be used as a topping for jacket potatoes.

In popular culture[edit]

Mark: Had a hard day Jeremy? Watching kids TV and eating kids cereal?
Jez: Why, what should I be eating, Gentleman's relish with olive?
Jeremy: You know what I'm worried they'll find in my car? Gentleman's Relish.
James: I quite like Gentleman's Relish...Right. You don't mean the stuff from the jar.

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