They are ugly, greasy and… very good. We are of course talking about the best street food in Europe, from the Italian panzerotto to the German currywurst. In our latest infographic, you will find out who wins in this epic throwdown. Who will be crowned the lord of European Street Food?
You find panzerotto on the streets of cities such as Campania and Puglia. They’re instantly recognisable due to their crescent shape and are often filled with mozzarella, tomato and oregano. You can also find them stuffed with anchovies, olives or different cured meats. When made traditionally they’re fried, but you can also find a lower calorie version that has been baked.
Arancino are flavourful stuffed rice balls that have been coated with breadcrumbs and are deep fried. The arancino is the Sicilian street food par excellence and has more than 100 variations. You can find them in many shapes and sizes; they can be oval, round or pear-shaped, dependent on the area of Sicily you are in. Keep in mind: it is called an “arancino” in all of Sicily, but in Palermo, it becomes “arancina”.
The secret weapon of the Balkan cuisine! This fat-filled delight can be tasted from Trieste to Montenegro and consists of a group of 3 or 4 elongated meatballs made of minced lamb, beef and pork, with the addition of mystic pepper sauce: the ajvar.
You are not a true Berliner unless you have eaten the street food of the German capital at least once. Legend has it that he was invented in 1949 by Herta Huewer. It consists of a boiled bratwurst, covered with a tomato and chilli sauce and then sprinkled with curry powder.
The sophisticated answer to the less healthy kebab, falafel is composed of deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas, spiced with onion, garlic, parsley and black pepper. They are usually served with a delicious yoghurt and mint sauce.
The Hellenic cousin of Turkish kebab is a delicious meaty dish that you can now find in many places in Europe. Gyros is pork cut into thin slices. The meat is wrapped in pita, a typical Greek flatbread, and seasoned with tzatziki, the wonderful traditional Greek sauce.
Fish and Chips
God save the Queen, along with fish and chips – the most famous takeaway dish in all of Britain. Fish and chips consist of cod, haddock or hake fillets that are dipped in batter and then deep fried. The fish is served with delicious hand-cut chips and mushy peas.
The salvation of millions of university students and club-goers after a long night on the town, the kebab is one of the rulers of European street food. It is a flatbread stuffed with strips of grilled chicken and turkey (or lamb) topped with salad, onion and delicious sauces.
These delights can be found almost everywhere in Spain and can be considered as sweet tapas. Their name comes from the machine that gives them their unique cylindrical shape – the chu. They are served with a delicious hot chocolate.
An iconic symbol of French street cuisine, crêpes are a type of pancake made with a mixture of milk, eggs and flour, and also sugar in the sweet version. A small amount of batter is then cooked on a hot plate and filled with lots of Nutella. Bon appétit!
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