Every country has its own signature dish, a meal that symbolises the landscape and culture of the land. Europe is home to some of world’s most amazing dishes – but what should you eat and where?
Before you escape to your next destination, make sure you know what you’ll be eating by checking out these six iconic dishes.
Fenkata (rabbit stew) is one of Malta’s most famous dishes. The rabbit is marinated overnight in wine and bay leaves, and cooked with Maltese grown potatoes. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can also get fenkata served with horse meat.
Lampredotto (Florence, Italy)
Lampredotto is a Florentine tradition packed full of tender slices of tripe, salsa verde (spicy sauce) and crunchy bread. Tripe is the edible lining of a cow’s gut – it’s fifth stomach! It’s traditionally been seen as peasant food but in the early twenty-first century, its now become a hipster snack.
Spanish paella comes from Valencia and contains different combinations of meat, such as rabbit, morcilla (blood sausage), chicken and snails. If you really want to try something different, then go for rabbit and snails for its exquisite rich flavour.
Bacalhau (salted cod fish) is a national obsession in Portugal. The ‘faithful friend’ is served in restaurants and cafes across the country and is ultimate comfort food. Make sure you have your salted cod with a bottle of vinho verde (green wine) from Alentejo, Dão or Douro.
Schnitzel (Germany and Austria)
Whether you prefer traditional veal escalope or the pork and beef variation, you’ll have to try schnitzel at least once on holiday. The fried and breaded slices of meat are extremely tasty and are served hot and cold in every town and city in Austria and Germany.
Fish and chips (Great Britain)
Fish and chips is a classic British dish served in yesterday’s newspapers. Costing about a fiver and available in almost every UK town and city, this warm, tasty and unpretentious meal tastes even better with a small glass of beer.