Happy National Sandwich Month! Most Brits love the humble sandwich for lunch whether it’s a classic bacon butty or a crisp chicken salad, we’re quite content chomping our way through a meal deal in our hour break. In Europe they have a completely different style, with everything from cured meats and sausage to scrummy sauces and cheeses taking centre stage. You’ll also find across Europe that the largest meal of the day is eaten at lunch and a smaller one is enjoyed later in the day.
I’ve reviewed some of my favourite European lunch choices you can try at home – or on holiday! There’s nothing better than buying fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and preparing these flavoursome lunches whilst on your Eurocamp adventure. Or if you want a true taste of tradition enjoy them at local cafes and restaurants. Here are some classics I’m sure will make you want to ditch the sandwich and lunch like a European:
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One of my favourite things to eat in Greece, gyros is divine. It’s a healthy take on kebab made with pitta bread, grilled chicken or pork, salad and of course plenty of tzatziki and lemon. And if you’re feeling a little indulgent throw some thin fries in there too. Find the recipe here.
Hungarian chicken paprikash
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I tried this colourful Hungarian classic in Budapest. It’s so simple to make but absolutely delicious. Chicken in a creamy paprika sauce traditionally served with potatoes or rice and a dollop of sour cream. Find the recipe here.
French Nicoise salad
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One of the lightest and freshest French lunch options, particularly enjoyable in the summer sunshine with a crisp glass of white. Traditional salad Nicoise is made with seared tuna, perfectly complemented with salty black olives and crunchy green beans. Find the recipe here.
German bratwurst and sauerkraut
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This lunch really is a taste of traditional German cuisine. They love bratwurst and serve it at most restaurants and bierkellers. Team it with mustard infused sauerkraut and a cold beer and you’re in business. Find the recipe here.
Traditional Spanish frittata
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My granddad lived in Spain for 5 years and regularly makes these culinary delights at family get-togethers. Spanish omelette or frittata is incredibly simple to prepare but absolutely delightful. Throw in some chorizo and serve with fresh salad. Find the recipe here.
So there you have it, a little taste of Europe in five tasty lunches. Have we missed any out? Do you have your own twist on these European classics? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to share any photos and reviews with us if you try the recipes above.