Tour De Food: Belgium

Belgium Waffles

In my travels abroad a few years ago I made a pit stop on my way back from Amsterdam heading to London in the quaint lovely town of Bruges, Belgium. So while I’m not an expert on Belgium’s culture or history, in the 12 short hours I spent roaming the cobblestone streets I managed to consume almost anything I could get my hands on. The point being, I know their food.

In America I think we give Belgium culinary credit without even realizing it. I mean Belgian chocolate and Belgian waffles aren’t labeled that way because its sounds fancier. These foods we eat all the time are inspired by the traditional dishes and snacks lining the markets of those lovely cobblestone streets of Bruges.

It’s true that Belgium adopts many of notable dishes from its European neighbors of Germany, France, and The Netherlands. In fact it is often said that Belgian food is served in the quantity of German cuisine but with quality of French food. Take a stab at these Belgian classic recipes and we’ll let you be the judge. 

Belgian Waffles: The classic Belgian dish, and fan favorite among the masses. You will find all different versions of these waffles taking up shop windows in the streets of Brussels. 

Belgian Endive with Roquefort, Walnuts and Cranberries: This is the salad for blue cheese lovers. Pair with a grilled steak and boiled baby red skin potatoes for a classic steak house meal.

Lemon and Garlic Brussels Sprouts: Enjoy this lightened up version of Brussels sprouts with freshlemon  and fragrant garlic. Topped with Gruyere this dish will have you coming back for more.

Malted Waffles: These waffles are like a malted milk shake for breakfast. 

Belgium Beef Stew: This aroma is intoxicating! It smells so good! One bite and you'll be hooked on beef stew forever.

Old-Fashion Pork Roast: Very tender roast, wonderful rich gravy. Traditionally served with mashed tatters or French fries.

Pom Koek (Belgian Coffee Cake): This traditional Belgian recipe is great around the holidays. It will definitely warm you on a wintry day

Belgian Carrots: Be prepared these carrots are on the heavy side, but what can we say? The Belgians like their food creamy!

Leige Style Salad: This hearty salad is typical from the Liege region in Belgium. Make is with canned beans and pre-cooked bacon strips but this fresh version is way healthier and tastier.

Potato and Leek Soup: This rich and creamy soup captures the heart of Belgian cooking. 

Steamed Mussels: You will find mussels on many menus in Belgium. Preparation is very simple, just toss in some onions and serve with French fries. 

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