Even though many consider it to be the cultural capital of the world, Europe is so much more than just ancient history, fairytale castles, ornate churches, stunning architecture, and kings and queens. When we say it’s got so much more than all of the above, we’re referring to the food and wine of course! With such a diverse availability of culinary delights, it can be difficult to know what you eat and which country is the best place to try that dish.
On that note, here are five foods that you must eat when in Europe and the best country to try that dish in:
1. Palacinky pancakes in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is world famous for its huge variety of Pilsner and its other local beers, so it’s obvious that the Czechs need some delicious foods to soak up all of that alcohol. Palacinky pancakes are the number one food to try when visiting, and when these crepe-like desserts are rolled up and stuffed with fresh fruit and jam, they are literally mouth-watering good.
2. Apfelstrudel in Austria
Apfelstrudel will literally rock your world when in Austria. This warm dessert that’s comprised of puff pastry, sugary and sweet apple slices in a sauce and some freshly whipped cream tastes as good as it sounds. Vienna is the best place to get a slice of this deliciousness so whether your visit entails a night out at the Vienna Opera House or an exploration of the highlights of the city, be sure to make some time to stop by a café or restaurant to indulge in some Apfelstrudel.
3. Stew in Ireland
Perhaps it’s the famously stormy Irish weather that makes this dish so irresistible, but there’s no doubt that Irish stew is the most comforting sight to see on a cold and wet day. Traditionally made with lamb, potatoes and a good mix of wholesome veggies, Irish stew is best served with a creamy pint of Guinness and a few slices of some freshly baked bread. Most restaurants in Ireland will serve generous portions of this favorite for a very reasonable price.
4. Banitsa in Bulgaria
A perfect combination of basic ingredients that include Bulgarian feta cheese, eggs, and filo pastry that is baked in an oven, Banitsa is probably the best that Bulgaria has to offer. For added flavor and some variance, spinach (spanachena banitsa), pumpkin (tikvenik), sweetened milk (mlechna banitsa), leek, onions, minced meet and mushrooms among other things can all be added. It’s normally served as a breakfast food and can be eaten hot or cold.
5. Haggis in Scotland
The thought of tucking into a local delight that’s made from sheep’s stomach doesn’t sound too appetizing but don’t let that deter you from enjoying some Haggis when in Scotland. It’s a traditional sausage that’s made from a sheep’s stomach and stuffed full of combinations of diced sheep’s lungs, heart and liver. For added flavor, other additions include oatmeal, some seasoning, suet and onion. Generally, haggis is sold part-cooked so if you buy it from a supermarket, you’ll have to cook it further by leaving it to simmer in boiling water for up to two hours. Edinburgh is said to have the best haggis in Scotland so do try and eat it there if possible. And remember – don’t let the ingredients put you off, as you’ll be surprised how good it tastes!