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The culinary traditions of Western Europe are some of the most diverse in the world. From France to Finland, there is an abundance of different dishes that have been passed down through generations and adapted to suit each country’s needs.
The following blog post will explore 12 European countries and their favorite foods!
Bulgarian Cuisine- Bulgaria
Bulgarian cuisine is largely influenced by its geographical location, climate and history. Bulgarian food traditions are a blend of dishes from Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Hungary along with local cuisines to create unique flavors that set it apart.
Dishes- The most popular traditional dishes include Shopska Salata (tomato salad), Shopski Likorian (spicy pork ribs) and Sarmi (cabbage leaves stuffed with meat, rice and fresh herbs).
Spanish Food- Spain
Spain is known for its vast variety of foods that are heavily influenced by the country’s location. Boasting over 50 different types of sausage alone, Spanish food traditions include everything from seafood to desserts!
Dishes- The most popular traditional dishes include paella, tapas, gazpacho and jamon.
Austrian Food- Austria
Austrian food is a mix of Germanic influence with Italian and Hungarian flare! Traditional Austrian meals are hearty but simple in preparation which includes cured meats such as salami or ham along with schnitzel (breaded veal fried in a pan) and pretzels.
Swedish Cuisine- Sweden
Swedish food traditions are a mix of Mediterranean, Germanic and Nordic influence! The most popular traditional dishes include Swedish meatballs (served with boiled potatoes), Janssons frestelse (fried herring served with anchovy sauce and mashed potatoes), blood pudding sausage or the famous IKEA meatballs.
Multi-cultural influences are evident in Flemish food traditions that have slowly been changing over the years due to immigration and globalization!
Dishes- Traditional dishes include carbonade (beef cooked with beer, onions and mustard), Vlaamse stoverij (slowly braised beef served with mashed potatoes) or waterzooi (chicken stewed with vegetables).
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