Culinary specialties from europe, are not lacking, and have nothing to envy to local dishes from other countries in the world! Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most popular gourmet recipes from 10 European countries.
This little culinary tour of Europe obviously ignores France … We imagine that you already know enough about your own specialties (which are not lacking, by the way)!
Here is the 10 iconic traditional european culinary speciaties That Wins Customers
1/ Spain and its paella
Even if Spanish cuisine is not just about paella, it is still THE traditional emblematic dish of the country. Based on round rice , the culinary specialty originating from Valencia takes its name from the pan used to cook it. Depending on the region, the paella is enhanced with vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, etc.), shellfish (mussels, shrimps, etc.) or meat (particularly poultry). Paella, but also tortilla, tapas or sangria, Spain is full of culinary specialties!
2/ European culinary speciaties The Black Forest, Germany
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte , in German , means: Black Forest cherry cake . The dessert is on! The sweet culinary specialty known in France as the Black Forest consists of a chocolate sponge cake soaked in kirsch and filled with cherries . All generously topped with whipped cream . A real delight! But the country’s emblematic dishes are not lacking: apfelstrudel (apple-cinnamon roll cake), sauerkraut or even kartoffelsalat (potato salad), German cuisine is just as varied as the others.
3/ European culinary speciaties Italy and its pasta
Pizza and risotto enjoy such a good culinary reputation, but it must be said that pasta is still THE emblematic dish of Italy, as it is so diverse and varied. There are indeed endless varieties of fresh pasta! Plain, flavored or filled (ricotta, spinach, tomato, oregano or basil…), they come in all shapes and colors : spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, macaroni or stuffed pasta (cannelloni, ravioli, tortelloni…). Without forgetting the lasagna or the gnocchi. And steamed, they taste even better ( you can compare steamers on this site )!
4/ European culinary speciaties Moussaka, Greece
Contrary to what one might think, moussaka is not only consumed in Greece. This traditional dish has its origins in the Balkans, but also in the Middle East . In Greek cuisine, moussaka consists of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and minced mutton . Greek cuisine and its Mediterranean diet is widely appreciated throughout the world, and since 2010 has been included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity .
5/ European culinary speciaties England and its fish & chips
If you’re one of those people who think the UK isn’t very advanced when it comes to food, generalities don’t always hold the truth! It all depends on the cook and where the dishes are made. In addition, English cuisine is not limited to its country , and is characterized by its exchanges with other European countries… Just like recipes and ingredients imported from North America, India or China. Fish &chips is a take-out dish consisting of frying fish in breadcrumbs , accompanied by homemade fries . The varieties of fish are endless, usually fresh and local.
6/ European culinary speciaties The Bacalhau in Brás, Portugal
Bacalhau à Brás is a dish made with cod ( bacalhau in Portuguese), the country’s emblematic fish. This is crumbled and boneless, and served with onions and potatoes. All incorporated in a mixture of beaten eggs on a bed of black olives . Besides this typical dish, Portugal has many other gastronomic specialties to its credit. Cozido , suckling pig, caldeirada de peixe , cheeses or pastéis de nata … Spoiled for choice!
7/ European culinary speciaties Belgium and its mussels and fries
No doubt about it, mussels and fries are definitely the typical dish that characterizes Belgium! The specialty, which is also cooked in certain departments of northern France, consists of tasting cooked mussels (usually with onions and celery) and fries . The other culinary specialties of the Plat Pays are diverse: Liège salad, vol-au-vent, Flemish carbonade, blood sausages, waffles, speculoos…
8/ European culinary speciaties Ireland and its “irish stew”
Ireland has no equal when it comes to sublimating the potato. Indeed, many traditional Irish dishes use recipes based on these tubers . Among them the colcannon , the brúitín or the bangers&mash . But the Irish stew is certainly the most famous dish of all. The Irish specialty is nothing more than a stew of lamb , served with the traditional potatoes , carrots and onions . If originally we cooked this hotpot with mutton, today we prefer lamb, sometimes even beef .. This economical stew widely served in pubs is considered Ireland’s national dish , traditional on St. Patrick’s Day .
9/ European culinary speciaties The “stegt flæsk” in Denmark
Danish cuisine, long peasant-style, was enriched after the industrial revolution. Open sandwiches (or smørrebrød ), widely eaten as lunch, are often considered the national specialty. However, hot meat or fish dishes are not lacking in Denmark. Frikadeller (meatballs), medisterpølse (spicy sausage), flæskesteg (roast pork) or cooked fish, Danish gastronomy is not lacking in ideas! The ” Stegt flæsk med persillesovs ” is a specialty made from pork meat , elected national dish by the Danes themselves! This recipe forCrispy pork with parsley and potatoes is indeed an iconic dish, which is eaten all over the country. As for desserts, fruits are in the spotlight. Charlottes with apples, lemon creams and mousses, decorated pancakes, fruit salads…
10/ European culinary speciaties : Fondue, Switzerland
Swiss cuisine is a rustic and robust gastronomy, generally embodied by dishes based on cheese . Fondue, raclette, gratins… these typical mountain dishes have made the reputation of the country. Fondue (Swiss) is also the one that gave its name to all the other varieties!
This easy and convivial dish made with hard cheeses, bread and white wine is said to have been first described in 1699 in a Zurich manuscript. Apart from the cheese dishes, there is also the birchermüesli (porridge of wheat or oats, with milk, honey, and pieces of apple).