It was Jacques Houdek who once said, ‘Dare to dream, make a meal’ – ok yes, that wasn’t quite the lyric, but with this year’s slogan ‘Dare to Dream’ why not make a few adaptations! With this year’s contest quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning your Eurovision parties. With the help of Eurovision Union, you can plan out the ultimate Eurovision party for you and your friends!
Over the last month, we’ve gathered some of the tastiest and most intriguing dishes from across the participating nations and we have put our aprons on to test out these recipes! We selected a diverse range of food, as well as both savoury and sweet dishes, so if you are hosting a Eurovision party this year, you can take inspiration from our cooking adventures across Europe and recreate these dishes for you and your friends!
Tilslørte bondepiker (Norway)
Tilslørte bondepiker, which is translated to ‘veiled peasant girls’ is a Norwegian dessert which is often served around the colder months of the year, however can be eaten all year round. It’s a simple dessert that focuses on three main ingredients, apples, cream and breadcrumbs. This is such a simple dessert that can either be served in individual glasses if you have a smaller group of people, or alternatively in a trifle bowl.
To make the recipe even simpler, you can use store bought applesauce, or if you have some time on your hands, you can stew your own apples which is what we did. Cinnamon is put into the breadcrumb mixture in this recipe, but if you like Cinnamon you can also add some to the apple mixture if you are stewing the apples yourself. You can also add sugar to the stewed apples depending on how sweet they are naturally.
Here is the recipe we used (credit: Thanks for the Food):
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
- 3 teaspoons butter
- 3-4 deciliters (2½-3 cups) white breadcrumbs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 300 ml (1 ¼ cup) heavy whipping cream
- 4 ¾ dl (2 cups) applesauce
- Lemon balm leaves (optional – for decoration)
- Melt butter in a warm (but not hot) pan.
- Turn off heat, add breadcrumbs, sugar and cinnamon and stir until well incorporated.
- Remove breadcrumbs from pan and allow to cool.
- Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, whip cream until firm peaks form. Set aside.
- Add a layer of breadcrumbs to the bottom of your serving dish, then a layer of cream, and finally a layer of applesauce. Continue layering until serving dish is full.
- Top with lemon balm leaves for decoration and serve
Here is what we started with:
And here is our finished product!
Our resident beer expert has done research (and a whole lot of tasting) to come up with some of the must-try beers of the nation. For each nation there are three suggestions:
- The National Treasure – this is a beer that is recognisable and accessible to buy
- The Party Starter – this is a nicer alternative, but still fairly accessible to buy
- The Show Stopper – this is for the beer enthusiasts or those with a sense of adventure, but may not be as easy to purchase outside of that nation
The National Treasure – Borg Pilsner (Pilsner – 4.5%)
The Party Starter – Ægir India Pale Ale (IPA – 6.5%)
The Show Stopper – Nøgne Ø #100 (Barleywine – 10%)
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