The Olympics are less than two weeks away and I’m having a hard time containing my excitement. I look forward to the Games, especially the summer ones, and hate that they only come around once every four years. Since I have a little bit of time before the much-anticipated Opening Ceremony, I decided to keep myself busy with… what else… cooking!
Since the Olympics are all about showing off the best that each country has to offer, I thought what better way to do that then to cook up some of the tastiest dishes from the nations competing in the Games. I’m really excited to try out some new, globally-inspired dishes, and I’m hoping that cooking these new recipes will keep me busy and get me even more excited about the granddaddy of all sporting events.
So come, take a world food tour with me and try out some flavorful and exciting cuisines from around the world. Who knows… you may just find a new favorite ethnic food!
As an American, I had to start by representing my home country, and nothing is more American than a good, old-fashioned hamburger. I love this recipe for Diner Style Cheeseburger Sliders because of their classic, old-school American flavor.
Germany may be most famous, food-wise, for their amazing schnitzel. What is schnitzel, you ask? It’s actually the German word for cutlet, but if you ask me it just means “really delicious.” It’s one of my favorite German dishes, and it may just be yours too!
Pork Schnitzel from Red Kitchen Recipes
When I think of Italy, I immediately start dreaming of pasta. I know there are tons of other famous dishes in Italian cuisine, but pasta is tops in my book. Check out this delicious recipe I stumbled across…
One Skillet Pasta Puttanesca from Iowa Girl Eats
The thing I love most about Spanish food is that it’s great for enjoying with friends. From tapas to huge skillets of paella served family-style, the dishes that Spain is famous for are all about sharing. So with that, I’m sharing one of the most delicious-looking paella recipes with you here…
Paella with Chicken, Chorizo & Shellfish from Spoon Fork Bacon
Whether the French take home 50 gold medals or none at all, they’re still winners in my book for one reason: the food! Nothing beats the culinary treats that France has shared with the world, including crepes, souffles, french onion soup, quiche and so much more. Below you’ll find one of my personal favorite French dishes: Mousse au Chocolat!
Magical Mousse au Chocolat via Swirl & Scramble
I know, I know… the kind of Chinese food you get in America is not exactly the kind you’d enjoy if you were to travel to China. But the modified version still tastes pretty darn good, and there are so many great Chinese dishes I love. It was really hard to pick just one to share here, but I settled on this amazing Mongolian beef recipe.
Mongolian Beef from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
You can’t forget about Greece. It’s the country where the games began all those years ago, and me not featuring a Greek dish in this Olympic food roundup would be like having Thanksgiving without the turkey.
Ground Beef Gyros from Passionate Homemaking
I really hate to have to stop the culinary tour here, but I must. There are just too many countries and too much amazing food for me to try it all out before the Games begin. But I hope this global sampling of recipes inspired you and gave you some new dishes to try out at home!
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Now tell me: What’s your favorite ethnic food?