If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, put trying new international foods to the list. The following dishes are easy enough to make at home yet exotic enough to take you away from your surroundings for a bit. So, this year you can exercise your tastebuds as well. Here are some international foods to try this year:
- Galette des rois
Translated as King Cake, this bears no similarity to the dessert served during Mardi Gras of the same name. Instead, this delicious dish is made by piping almond filling between two puff pastries. Since the 14th century, this sweet treat is traditionally enjoyed on January 6, to celebrate the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day.
- Sicilian caponata
If eating more vegetarian dishes is a goal for the new year, then you’ll want to try this easy Italian recipe. It’s an eggplant stew made with onion, celery, capers, olives, and pine nuts. The flavor is both sweet and savory and it can be served cold or hot depending on the season.
Another international sweet treat is a brigadeiro. You’ll find these truffle-like concoctions at any Brazilian celebration. They’re made from cocoa powder, condensed milk, and butter. You then form little balls with the mixture and roll them in sprinkles—a perfect bite sized snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you’re in Germany, you may hear white asparagus referred to as “white gold” because it’s just that good. The Germans dedicate an entire season to the vegetable called spargelzeit, the season of the asparagus. For an easy way to serve it, cover it in hollandaise sauce or fry it in butter, but you could also try wrapping it in bacon or loaded atop another German dish—schnitzel.
- Lechón asado
Roasted pig is very popular in Latin American and frequently served on special occasions, especially during the holiday season. The great thing about this dish is you can give it your own touch by picking the spices and flavors you want for the marinade. For example, the Puerto Rican recipe calls for cumin, oregano, garlic, cayenne, and sour orange juice.
By Kelli Drummer-Avendano