- Cuisine of Belgium
Belgiumis the nation of "Gourmands" rather than "Gourmets" which translates into "big cuisine" rather than "fine cuisine". In reality this means that along with big portions, you get pretty good quality and a kind of unpretentiousness. The word "Gourmandise" originally meant gluttony, but like in Franceit has taken over the above meaning. It is often said Belgium serves food with the quantity of Germany and the quality of France ["Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", Michael Jackson, ISBN 0-7624-0403-5] .
"French" fries, which the Belgians invented, are very popular. They are called "frieten" in Dutch or "frites" in French. The best place to enjoy Belgian frites is at a "frituur" ("
friterie" in French or informally "frietkot" in Dutch) which is a temporary construction usually strategically placed in busy squares.
Another Belgian speciality is beer ["Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", Michael Jackson, ISBN 0-7624-0403-5] . Although a comparatively small country, there are a large number of beers available in a range of different styles. Almost every different beer has its own unique drinking vessel, usually a glass of some description. Several home and restaurant dishes use typical
mussels and chips.
*"Konijn in geuze/lapin à la gueuze": rabbit in
geuze, which is a spontaneously fermented, sour beer from the area around Brussels.
Stoemp": potatomashed with other vegetables, often served with sausages.
*"Salade Liégeoise": a salad with green beans, pieces of bacon, onions and vinegar, associated with
*"Vlaamse stoofkarbonaden": a Flemish beef stew, similar to the French
Beef Bourguignon, but made with beer instead of red wine.
Waterzooi": a mild casserole of chicken (or occasionally fish) in cream, associated with Ghent.
*"Paling in 't groen/anguilles au vert":
Eelin a green sauce of mixed herbs.
*"Gegratineerd witloof/chicons au gratin": a
gratinof chicoryin béchamel saucewith cheese.
* Slices of rustic bread and an uncovered spread, often
pâtéor soft cheese, served on a board and eaten with knife and fork. A typical variety is a slice of bread with quark and sliced radishes, typically accompagnied with a glas of geuze.
* "Pensen/Boudins": a type of sausage, often eaten with potatoes and
Ardennes" is notable for " Charcuterie", or cold meat products, particularly paté, which may be made of game such as wild boar.
Waffles, sometimes eaten as a street snack.
Chocolate, particularly "pralines" (filled chocolates).
* [http://www.cuisineeurope.com/recipes_belgium/main_recipes_belgium_en.html European and world cuisine. Belgian cuisine.]
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