Local European dishes to try at home

Take a culinary tour around Europe using some of our favourite recipes from some of the most-loved European countries. Whether you love enjoying short breaks in Europe or exploring the shores closer to home, you’re bound to have experienced some of these delights on your travels. If not, get a taste for some of the most popular European locations through their love of food.

If you’re tired of making the same dishes in the kitchen and could use some inspiration, we have sweet and savoury options from each country that’ll remind you of past adventures to some of these culinary homelands. There’s sure to be something for everyone’s taste, so carry on reading to see some of the traditional dishes we think are worth attempting in your very own kitchens.

 

ITALY

Savoury - Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms

Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms

Keep it simple and tasty. This traditional Italian pasta dish doesn’t require many ingredients and can be whipped up in about 30 minutes. This dish originates from Tuscany but is widely popular throughout the whole of Italy.

We recommend Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms (add pancetta if you would like to add meat to your dish, however it’s tasty enough without) This is the perfect dish to enjoy on a warm summers evening, just like those in Italy.

View the full Tagliatelle recipe

Sweet - Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Tiramisu translates as “Cheer me up”, and we promise it will! It is an authentic Italian recipe and is one of the most famous Italian desserts in the world born in Treviso, a lovely town near Venice.

It’s famous for a reason, it’s absolutely delicious. The triple threat of the 3 c’s, coffee, chocolate and cream make it an irresistible dessert, in our experience there’s always room for tiramisu. You can’t get more Italian than this delicious and traditional delight.

View the full Tiramisu recipe

NORWAY

Savoury - Oven-baked Salmon and roasted vegetables

Oven-baked salmon & roasted vegetables

If you’re looking for a healthy dish to add to your repertoire, then take a leaf out of the Norwegian’s book. They are in fact some of the healthiest people in the world, due to their high consumption of fresh fish and vegetables.

This one pot dish is simple, tasty and you get that extra smug feeling of knowing you’re being as healthy as the Norwegians. Oven baked salmon that can be served with whatever you wish, fresh and fragrant, a true nod to Norway.

View the full Baked Salmon recipe

Sweet - Norwegian Cinnamon Thumbs

Cinnamon Thumbs

Health goes out the window when it comes to this Norwegian dessert, but we all need something sweet every now and again. These Norwegian Cinnamon Thumbs are typically made at Christmas time, but there’s no reason we can’t make these all year round!

A super easy recipe made up of only five ingredients, you can make them with the kids and they go perfectly with a cup of coffee - it’s a thumbs up from us!

View the full Cinnamon Thumbs recipe

 

AUSTRIA

Savoury - Wiener Schnitzel

Schnitzel

This authentic Austrian dish originates from the capital – Vienna. In Austria they are very particular that Wiener schnitzel is made using veal, however if you can’t get hold of any veal, then you can replace with chicken or pork - your secret’s safe with us!

This a real home comfort dish, a crowd pleaser for the whole family. The Austrians usually serve this with lemon slices, green salad and French fries.

View the full Schnitzel recipe

Sweet - Apple Strudel

Apple strudel

Another home comfort from Austria’s capital, the classic apple strudel. Vienna is a haven of coffee shops all selling the most beautiful pastries, and apple strudel is not one to be missed. Best enjoyed with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla custard with a strong cup of espresso on the side.

It’s sugar and spice and everything nice. Give it a try at home

View the full Apple Strudel recipe 

 

SWITZERLAND

Savoury - Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

One for the cheese lovers. This classic Swiss dish is typically enjoyed in the mountains after a long day on the slopes in Switzerland. But what’s to stop you enjoying it in your home?

You could graze on this dish all evening. Accompanied with crusty bread to dip and a glass of white wine to sip. It’s actually suggested by the Swiss that you drink white wine with cheese as it helps with the digestion, whereas water, juice or beer will cause indigestion.

View the full Fondue recipe

Sweet – Swiss Roll

Swiss Roll

We had to make sure the famous Swiss roll was included on the list. However, despite its name, the Swiss Roll did not actually originate in Switzerland, it is believed to originate elsewhere in Europe. This cake is seemingly famous worldwide, even in places such as Indonesia, India and Japan.

It’s a perfect dessert to make for any occasion, choose from the classic victoria sponge, red velvet or chocolate, whatever tickles your fancy.

View the full Swiss Roll recipe

 

FRANCE

Savoury - Tartiflette

Tartiflette

Tartiflette originated in Savoy in the French Alps. It was purposely invented in an attempt to increase awareness of the Reblochon cheese. It’s safe to say that their plot certainly worked, as you will find tartiflette on every menu in the French Alps.

Let’s just say, it’s not a meal your doctor would recommend having every night, but certainly can’t hurt now and again. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions and is oh so tasty. Just like the cheese fondue from Switzerland, this cheese heavy meal requires a crisp glass of white wine to help with digestion.

View the full Tartiflette recipe

Sweet – Fruit & Almond Clafoutis

Fruit & almond clafoutis

This is a really easy summer French dessert, it may sound fancy by the name (pronounced kla-foo-tee), however it is super simple to make and an absolute delight to taste.

This was recommended to us by our very own Rachel, who is the Area Manager in France throughout winter and summer, so we’re sure she’s done her research. You could be eating this melt in the mouth dessert in less than one hours’ time, what are you waiting for?

View the full Clafoutis recipe

ICELAND

Savoury - Plokkfiskur (fish stew)

Fish stew

Just like the Norwegians, the people of Iceland are also lovers of fresh fish. Being surrounded by the ocean means fresh fish is very easy to come by. For the locals, this dish used to help preserve left overs, however these days it remains a common dish in most households. Lots of families put their own spin on the dish, by adding bay leaves, chives, curry, chicken stock, béarnaise or cheese sauce.

In this stew, either haddock or cod can be used, with potatoes, flour, onion, milk and seasoning. Will you add your own spin to this simple fish stew?

View the full Fish Stew recipe

Sweet - Snúður (Cinnamon Roll)

cinnamon roll

A cinnamon filled bread roll covered in chocolate, caramel or sugar glaze. Now what doesn’t sound delicious about that? You will find these in most Icelandic bakeries and are hugely popular among the locals. For those with a sweet tooth, these are well worth your indulgence.

View the full Cinnamon Roll recipe

SLOVENIA

Štruklji (Slovenian Dumplings)

Slovenian dumplings

When you think of dumplings, you may think of Chinese dumplings or suet dumplings. However, the Slovenians have their own version, you will find these throughout the country, but most commonly in the capital of Ljubljana. They are perfect as an alternative savoury afternoon snack. If you have more of a sweet tooth, then you can just add sweet fillings instead.

Classic savoury fillings include cottage cheese, served with sour cream and parsley.

View the full Slovenian Dumplings recipe

Sweet - Kremšnita – vanilla custard and cream puff pastry dessert

vanilla custard and cream puff pastry dessert

This dessert has become the symbol of Lake Bled in Slovenia, also named the Bled Cream Cake. Lake Bled is actually the only place to get an original Kremšnita.

This dessert is made with wholesome ingredients such as butter, eggs, cream and sugar, all things that you may already have at home. A great addition to your afternoon tea.

View the full Vanilla Custard Cake recipe
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