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National dishes – Winter Warmers

With summer well and truly behind us and the cooler weather sneaking in, there are some warming winter dishes that you must try when travelling. Most countries and regions have their own national dishes. Prepared from local ingredients, some of them have gone global for their culinary delights.

The Flexicover Team check out these tasty national dishes!

Goulash, Hungary

Traditional Hungarian dishes are primarily based on meats, vegetables, bread and cheese. In particular, hearty stews and soups of game are very popular. Goulash, also known as ‘gulyás’ is the national dish of Hungary and is a meat stew, mainly beef, often with vegetables and seasoned with paprika and other spices, found in most restaurants across the country. If meat is not your thing, then rest assured, Hungary’s variety of pastries and cakes can be found everywhere and are simply delicious! It’s hard not to bring some home!

Ackee and Saltfish, Jamaica

Loved for breakfast, lunch and dinner, ackee and saltfish, Jamaica’s national dish is a much loved traditional fare and is usually eaten on Sundays. It has spread the world over with its diaspora. Ackee, a nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavour, is cooked and served as a vegetable. It resembles scrambled egg when boiled and is then combined with saltfish and cooked with onions and tomatoes. Try it with fried dumplings, plantain and rice – you will love it! It’s available in most cafes and restaurants in Jamaica.

Poutine, Canada

This common Canadian concoction is originally from Quebec and originates back to the 1950’s. Poutine consists of french fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds and has been a highlight of 'Canada Day' celebrations in Trafalgar Square for several years now. It’s a fast food dish found throughout Canada in greasy spoon type cafes and pubs too! The hot gravy melts the cheese and it’s simply delicious. These calorie rich treats are valued as snacks, part of meals or even as quick bites late at night. Delicious and addictive we guarantee you’ll be left wanting more! Great on a chilly day and definitely perfect comfort food!

Moussaka, Greece

Internationally famous one of the national dishes of Greece, moussaka is a great winter warmer! This casserole style dish is delicious and is made up of a meaty sauce, layers of eggplant (often with potatoes) and topped with creamy béchamel sauce. For vegetarians, versions without meat are as tasty. Styles of the dish will vary from region to region but the concept of this layered dish remains universal. If you want to experience the real traditional moussaka, look for a taverna hidden somewhere between the white houses and eat it as the locals do – a recipe that has been passed down for generations!

Paella, Spain

Spain has a number of regions that have their own speciality dishes. However Valencia’s famous dish is Paella de Marisco (Spanish seafood rice). Not only do families congregate on mass to enjoy paella in restaurants, but it is often cooked at weekends at holiday homes in ‘bodegas’ or ‘txokos’ (large dining areas for families) or at beach and mountain picnic sites. There are many regional celebrations all over Spain and more often than not, a giant paella is the centrepiece of attraction. Various ingredients used include chicken, pork, fish, shellfish and vegetables. But saffron, the spice that gives paella its wonderful gold colour is an essential ingredient for every dish. Served in large paella pans, it’s best shared with family and friends! Enjoy with a glass of white wine and a green salad!

Wherever you travel this year and whichever national dish you are fortunate enough to taste, at Flexicover we are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.