What are the best traditional foods to eat during your visit to Europe? Here is a compiled list of top ten traditional foods from vastly different European countries that they are proud to call their “must-try” dishes. Eating in Europe is an interesting experience to be enjoyed and remembered fondly for the rest of your life.
- Cheese fondue, Switzerland
Digging into a cheese fondue may seem clichéd, but it permanently has an epic history. For centuries, Swiss living in the mountains relied on fondue as a way to use bread and cheese during cold period. Today, it is a must-try for any visitor to the country all year round although traditionally the Swiss only eat melted cheese with bread cubes as a winter dish. After spending a day on the snow-covered Alps, gathering with friends around a pot of bubbling fondue while sipping a glass of chilled white wine, is the ultimate choice for an incredible day.
- Sunday roast, England
If you ask any Briton for a typical traditional dish, the answer will be Sunday roast. The name of Sunday roast originated from the days when most people went to church on a Sunday morning. Traditionally, people would leave the meat in the oven to cook while they were at the service. That way, they knew they had a big, juicy, fully roasted lunch waiting for them as a reward when they got home. There was nothing more comforting than a Sunday roast. You will easily find this Roast Beef along with Yorkshire pudding to remain as a much-loved lunch set on the Sunday lunch menu in Great Britain.
- Cepelinai, Lithuania
This specialty is Lithuania’s national dish although it is also found in Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ukraine as well. Cepelinai, hot potato dumpling stuffed with meat, is very famous and typical amongst both locals and tourists after the Zeppelin airships because of their similar shape. They are served as a main course without accompaniment, sometimes even at breakfast.
- Goulash, Hungary
The word “goulash” comes from Hungarian word “gulyas leves”, which means “shepherd’s soup”. Goulash became a national dish in the late 1800s. Unlike neighborhood countries, Hungarian goulash is a hearty broth with a filling stew of slow-cooked beef, potatoes, vegetables, red onions, and spices. Part stew, part soup, a goulash is always warming and satisfying, especially on cold winter days.
- Moussaka, Greece
Moussaka is the Greek equivalent of lasagna but it differs in a number of ways. It is made with lamb and roasted eggplant or cooked potatoes, which are flavored with cinnamon and pimento, and then covered with a rich cheesy white sauce. Moussaka became a part of modern Greek cuisine after the influential Greek chef – Nicolas Tselementes published his cookbook and it is one of the most delicious foods you should try once in Greece.
- Sauerbraten, Germany
Sauerbraten (meaning “sour” or “pickled” roast) is a delicious roast dish that is regarded as one of the country’s national dishes. Originally, it is made from horse meat, which should be marinated in wine, vinegar, spices, herbs and seasoning for 2-4 days ahead of cooking, to make it tender and well worth for the wait. Now this dish is often made with beef, pork, or mutton. Sauerbraten, a classic German recipe, is the ultimate make-ahead starter. Enjoy!
- Paella, Spain
When thinking of Spain, normally the first thing comes to your mind will be sun, fun, or paella. Paella is a Spanish dish, which has origin from the region of Valencia in south eastern Spain, but over the years Paella has the worldwide fame. Paella composes all the Spanish factors, the color, the passion, the variety and the social warmth of the people. Therefore, you can enjoy it for lunch in the countryside or even on the beach during the warm summer evenings with friends and family.
- Mussels- fries, Belgium
Served with fries, mussels are unofficial national dish of Belgium. In different regions of Belgium, you can easily find mussels cooked either in a classic vegetable and white wine broth or in beer. Thus, when you are in Belgium, mussels and fries are one of the world’s best comfort food pairings you must try.
- Cassoulet, France
Cassoulet is one of the most delicious traditional dishes in France. This hearty stew of white beans, sausage, lamb and pork is a perfect winter dish to cheer you up after an exhausting day.
- Pizza, Italy
Despite you can find pizza anywhere in the world, Italy, particularly in Naples – where it is believed to have originated, is still the place you will eat a “real” pizza.