Discover the local European Cuisine
Posted on 18/03/2016 by Rieke Lange
Roadtripping through Europe but don’t feel like cooking all the time? Don't want to be stuck with instant noodles and bread? Well we’ve got something for you then. Dive into the local cuisine of Europe and try out their amazing and diversified dishes.
Experience different styles of food, get to know the local people and their cuisine and be open to any dish which might come around the corner.
There are so many dishes you shouldn’t miss out on and one of the might even be your new favourite dish to cook again at home.
Our food journey is starting in England where of course you can’t miss out on fish and chips with sauces and vinegar but also not on the many different available pies like shepherd’s pie or steak pie.
Feeling like going really traditional? Go and eat out for you Sunday lunch and get full English roast with Yorkshire pudding and stuffing which is to die for.
A little more simple but still very delicious are bangers and mash which are grilled sausages with mashed potatoes. One dish might not sound that nice and doesn’t look that delicious either, but it actually really is. It’s black pudding or blood sausage. Just try it and build your own opinion.
One more dish wish can't be missed is the full English breakfast with sausages, baked beans, bacon, egg, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Continuing our food journey to wales where the most traditional meet is lamb, we can find cawl, a Welsh stew with lamb and leeks, Bara brith, "speckled bread", which is sweet bread traditionally made with raisins, Zante currant, and candied peel and also faggots which are the Welsh answer to the Swedish meatballs, here made from lamb or pig's liver, onions and a cereal binder. Last but not least there is the Glamorgan sausage (Welsh: Selsig Morgannwg) consisting of cheese, eggs and breadcrumbs in the shape of a sausage.
Further up North, Scotland is on the route. The most traditional Scottish dish is Haggis which is minced sheep meat boiled inside a sheep’s stomach served with tatties and neeps (potatoes and turnips).
Other traditional Scottish dishes are porridge, which is salty in Scotland and Scottish shortbread.
Don’t forget to try Scottish whisky which is one of the world’s finest ones.
Taking the ferry across to Ireland you will come across traditional Irish stew, soda bread, corned beef and champ which is a potato dish.
Crossing over to the European mainland, Germany has to be on the food route for sure. Try Kasespatzle (noodles made from wheat flour and egg, topped and mixed with cheese), Kartoffelpuffer (fried mashed potato) and Sauerbraten (pickled roast) served with dumplings and gravy.
Go and check out German bakeries, they sell every kind of bread, pastry and sandwich you could possibly think of and you definitely have to try a Brezel.
Also go and eat a Schnitzel, at least one kind of the 1500 different available types of sausages and one of them with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. It can’t get more German than that, can it?
Continuing your trip, go through France to try their amazing and diverse cuisine. Especially their desserts (Crème Brulee) and their Bakeries (Baguette and Croissants) are just stunning and you never want to leave.
Also try Bœuf bourguignon (beef stewed in red wine), Coq au vin (chicken braised in red wine, lardons and mushrooms), Escargots de Bourgogne (snails baked in their shells with parsley butter), Gougère (cheese in choux pastry) and of course Crepe. Eat the traditional crepe with butter and sugar, it’s amazing.
Going further south, take your time to explore the Spanish cuisine and don’t forget to eat Gazpacho (tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, bread, peppers and cucumber blended and served cold), Paella (rice dish with chicken or rabbit, saffron, runner and butter beans), Tortilla Espanola (and omelette containing eggs, potatoes and onions), Pollo al ajillo (garlic chicken) and Patatas bravas (chunks of fried potatoes).
Also go and visit one of the many tapas bars to get more small feedings of the typical food of the regions you’re visiting.
What can’t be missed be missed when going to Italy? Of course it’s Pizza, Pasta and Risotto. But it’s not just that. The Italian cuisine varies a lot throughout the country. It contains of meat and fish dishes as well as soups. Traditional soups are Minestrone (veggie soup) and Zuppa di Pesce (fish soup).
Another traditional dish is Ossobuco which is a shin of veal with marrow bone in tomato and vine sauce. Italy is famous for their parmesan cheese but also for their desserts, especially Tiramisu. And of course they make amazing Gelato (Ice Cream) in various tastes and they are all amazing.
Going up North again you will come across Austria and you can get next to amazing landscapes, amazing food. Try the traditional Wiener Schnitzel with fries, Backhendl (fried bread chicken) or Tafelspitz (boiled beef).
Austrians love sweet dishes and they know why. Go and eat a Sacher Cake which is a really rich chocolate cake, Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce, Kaiserschmarren (shredded pancakes) or Salzburger Nockerln (fluffy egg soufflé)
Close to Austria, is the lovely country of Switzerland which has amazing food on offer as well. Starting with fondue (dunk bread into a mix of melted cheese, garlic and white wine), going over to Raclette which is veggies and meat getting grilled under a layer of cheese and ending with Alplermagronen (macaroni, potatoes, cheese, cream and roasted onions).
Also try Papet Vaudois (leeks with potatoes and sausage), Zurcher geschnetzeltes with a Rosti a Zurich-style ragout of veal and mushrooms and grated potatoes.
These dishes are not even describing a small part of the Swiss food culture, there are so many more traditional meals per region, most of them including some kind of cheese.
Going further North, try the diverse cuisine of the Netherlands. It offers you Poffertjes (small pancakes), Appeltaart (appelpie), Bitterballen (fried mix of beef, flour, butter, herbs and spices), Kroket (deep fried roll with meat ragout inside), Patat (fries which come in different variations like patat special or patat oorlog), Stamppot with rookworst (mashed potatoes and other vegetables), Hollandse nieuwe haring (raw herring served with onions and bread).
Don’t forget to try Stroopwaffels (syup waffle) and loads of yummy Dutch cheese.
Last but not least, go further north and explore the Scandinavian Cuisine. Scandinavian food is simple but good. It contains loads of fish and wild animals like reindeer. Swedish meatballs are really typical as well as Smörgåsbord which are sandwiches mostly with meat or fish. Other typical dishes are a celery root, carrot and potato gratin, a blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad or Roast Pork Loin with Salted Caramel Potatoes.
These are just some of the many varieties of the Scandinavian Cuisine.
We’re already getting hungry while researching and writing so we hope you will enjoy loads of this amazing dishes.
If you’re visiting Europe and you’ve tried something which is not one here but should be, give us a shout.
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