August 18, 2015

Dig into a bowl of Pasta Alla Norma

Whenever I return back home to France, I love nothing more than curling up on the sofa and digging into the comforting homemade classics that I loved as a child. From warming stews to bowls of soup, Britain has some of the most comforting foods, but what about Europe? In this post, I look at my top three favourite meals from around Europe, from Italy to Germany. If one of these dishes takes your fancy, then all you have to do is hop on board Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and make the quick journey across the Channel, where before you know it, you'll be enjoying a range of delicious recipes.

Pasta Alla Norma

Apparently named after the famous Vincenzo Bellini opera, Norma, this mouth-watering pasta dish is a Sicilian classic, which originates from the city of Catania on the east coast of the island. Freshly made rigatoni is boiled and then served, covered in a rich tomato sauce and topped with a slice of grilled aubergine and layers of grated ricotta cheese. Whether you're sat at home and in need of a comforting recipe, or find yourself in a Sicilian restaurant looking to try a well-loved classic, this dish ticks all the boxes.

In the mood for some delicious comfort food? Take a look at the recipe for Pasta Alla Norma , and try it for yourself.

Fondue

Fondue is a popular dish across Europe and beyond, but its original culinary home is Switzerland, and was even advertised as the Swiss national dish during the 1930s. Since then, it's become a popular choice for parties across France (my kids love it whenever we go back home) and Italy, as well as the perfect meal when you're in need of something comforting.

Traditionally, all you do to create this is simply melt a selection of your favourite cheeses, add a couple of glugs of white wine and a handful of garlic cloves - it's very easy. After stirring the cheese, simply tear a piece of bread from a freshly baked baguette and dip into the mix.

To find the perfect wine to match an evening of fondue and great company, be sure to take a look at our handy guide to pairing French cheese and wine .

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Fondue is perfect as an evening treat, with friends.

Sauerbraten

This German favourite is the equivalent of the British beef stew: comforting, warming and delicious. Picked as one of Germany's national dishes, this meal consists of beef that's been marinated over a couple of days, in a mixture of wine or vinegar, water, herbs and spices - the types of spices and herbs used tend to differ in each of the country's regions. The point of the marinade is that, not only does it flavour the meat, it also tenderises it prior to cooking, meaning that you can pick out more affordable cuts from your butchers.

Once the beef is ready to cook, all you have to do is sear the meat in a lightly oiled, red-hot pan, and then leave it to stew over a few hours, until the meat flakes away under slight pressure. Once served with rotkohl (red cabbage) and kartoffelklöße (potato dumplings) it makes for the perfect winter recipe .

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Nothing warms you up like a plate of sauerbraten.

In the mood for one of these tasty meals?

Then make the quick 35-minute journey across the Channel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle , so that you can drive on over to your destination of choice, and enjoy a bowl of your favourite European comfort food today.

Photo Credits:
Dig into a bowl of pasta alla norma - Image by Coso
Fondue is perfect as an evening treat, with friends - Image by Tambako The Jaguar
Nothing warms you up like a plate of sauerbraten - Image by Jonathan Assink

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