Eat Your Way Through Europe
The Sochi Olympics are the perfect opportunity to celebrate international dishes and ingredients and to experience a multitude of cultures, languages, and traditions. Each country has its own unique cultural identity, and thus its own set of tastes and flavors that help define it. Scroll through to take a culinary tour of Europe.
England: Full English Breakfast
A full English breakfast is not to be missed. Full is the operative word here, because that's exactly what you'll be all day after enjoying one of these. This dish typically includes eggs, Heinz beans, sausage, potatoes, mushrooms, a broiled tomato, and toast. How's that for a solid start to the day?
More suggestions: Fish and chips, bangers and mash, and high tea service
Austria: Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener schnitzel is a very popular dish in Austria that features a boneless piece of meat (usually veal or pork) that has been pounded, breaded, and fried. It's served with a lemon wedge and a potato side.
More suggestions: Apfelstrudel, sachertorte, and coffee
Street vendors in Germany serve grilled bratwurst on soft rolls with spicy mustard. Different regions have their own versions of this pork sausage, but all are well loved and delicious. It's a culinary tradition that has been an important part of the country for centuries.
More suggestions: Radler (beer and lemonade), spaetzle, currywurst, and more sausage
Bosnia, Serbia, and other Slavic countries are famous for cevapcici (pronounced che-vap-chi-chi). These skinless sausages are made of mixed meats and spices, then grilled and served with onions, sour cream, kajmak (Turkish clotted cream), ajvar (red bell pepper relish), or cottage cheese.
More suggestions: Fresh seafood, stuffed peppers, burek, and rakija
Horiatiki, more commonly known as Greek salad, is a Summer salad of fresh tomato, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with oregano.
More suggestions: Spanakopita, moussaka, gyros, and baklava
Though it's possible you've tried the meatballs at Ikea, we suggest giving authentic Swedish meatballs a shot. These small meatballs are made up of a mixture of meats and spices and are often served with a boiled potato and lingonberry jam.
More suggestions: Swedish pancakes, gravlax, and aquavit
Ireland: Guinness and Oysters
At first glance, this combination of flavors and textures doesn't sound like a winner, but upon further research, the two have been paired together for quite some time. Feast on delicious raw oysters and a hearty pint of Guinness during happy hour, just like the Irish.
Spain: Pan con Tomate
Pan con tomate is a simple and classic tapa from Catalonia that is best enjoyed in the afternoon with a cold glass of white wine or cava in hand. It's simple — involving just bread, ripe tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and sometimes a rub of garlic — yet so satisfying.
More suggestions: Paella, jamón serrano, and flan
Italy: Neapolitan Pizza
When in Rome (or Naples), it's almost irresponsible not to enjoy an authentic Neapolitan pizza. There are some pretty strict rules when it comes to Neapolitan pizza (there's even an association dedicated to it, Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana). The ingredients used are simple, uncomplicated, and out-of-this-world delicious.
More suggestions: Pasta, pesto, salumi, and cannoli