In comparison to other continents, the cuisine of Europe is a lot more diverse. In certain European countries, meat is a more prominent part of a meal, and in some cases, takes up 2/3 of a portion size.
Choose from four classic European dishes, including the traditional cheese sandwhich!
Austria - Chicken Schnitzel and ColeslawOriginating in Austria, schnitzel is a term most commonly used to describe meats coated in flour, beaten eggs, breadcrumbs and fried. Enjoy this delicacy with a side of refreshing homemade coleslaw!
To begin making chicken schnitzel and coleslaw, you will need:
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 tbsp parmesan, grated
- 25g flour
- 1 small egg, beaten
- 20g dried breadcrumbs
- 20g vegetable oil
- 75g white cabbage, shredded
- 1 small carrot, grated
- 2 spring onions, sliced
- ½ an apple, grated
- 50g natural yoghurt
- Juice ¼ lemon
- 2 tsp English mustard
- Begin by making the coleslaw - combine the cabbage, carrot, onions, apple, yoghurt, lemon juice and mustard. Set aside.
- Tenderise the chicken until its 2-3mm thick.
- Lay the flour on one plate and the egg on another. Dip the chicken into the flour, followed by the egg.
- In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dip the chicken into the mixture and coat well.
- In a frying pan, heat oil on a high heat and fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve warm or cold with the coleslaw!
Denmark - Pickled Herring SmørrebrødSmørrebrød, otherwise known as an 'open sandwich' is a common lunch in Denmark. Favoured toppings are either meat or fish, cheese or spreads. Smørrebrøds are often decorated with style to create a visually appealing meal.
To begin making pickled herring smørrebrød, you will need:
- 1 slice rugbrød (Danish sourdough rye bread)
- Butter, slightly softened
- 5 pieces of pickled herring
- Red onion, thinly sliced
- Shape the rugbrød by cutting it into a 3 x 5 inch rectangle
- Spread the butter evenly on top side of the bread.
- Layer the pickled herring and red onion onto the buttered rugbrød and serve!
Italy - Pasta SaladPasta salad is such a versatile meal that it has made its way around the globe. Often served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course, pasta salad is a simple and easy dish to make and can be altered to accommodate preference.
To begin making pasta salad, you will need:
Homemade Dressing (optional)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ tsp dried basil
- ¼ tsp parsley
- Salt and pepper to season
- 100g pasta
- 50g salami, sliced
- 50g baby bocconcini, halved
- ½ red pepper
- 50g olives
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- If option to home make the dressing, place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
Once cooked, drain and rinse well with cold water. Shake off excess water and transfer into a medium sized bowl.
- In the bowl, add the salami, bocconcini, pepper, olives, tomatoes and basil leaves and mix well.
- Serve at room temperature or cold!
United Kingdom - Cheese SandwichThe cheese sandwich is a very basic, but very popular lunch in the UK. Often dressed with pickle, tomatoes or onions, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this classic British delicacy.
To begin making a cheese sandwich, you will need:
- 2 slices of white bread
- 2-3 slices of preferred cheese (cheddar for example)
- Butter, slightly softened
- Spread butter evenly onto the two slices of bread.
- Evenly layer the slices of cheese onto one slice of bread.
- Place the other slice of bread on top and serve cold!
Tip: To serve warm, place sandwich in a griddle on a medium heat. Remove when the cheese begins to melt and the bread appears golden!