8 Globally Inspired Recipes to Transport You Around the World for Quarantine Cooking

These days, Americans are going crazy for banana bread, comfort food and sourdough starter. (Also, pasta. Lots of pasta). But what about the rest of the world?! We did some digging and came up with eight amazing global food recipes from around the globe that will add a little bit of variety into your quarantine cooking meal routine.

Mexico - Avocado & Key Lime Shrimp Tostados

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In Spanish, tostada means "toasted,” but in reality, it means so, so much more. It means delicious, it means deep-fried – it means mouthwatering goodness so delectable, you might just end up cooking it every night this week. You only need five ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare this recipe. Customize it to your liking for an extra special touch that’s sure to transport you to a Mexican oasis.

Thailand - Coconut Chicken Soup

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Known locally as “Tom Kha Gai,” this irresistible, curry-based recipe will have you hooked after your first sip. This is comfort food combined with coconut and other unbelievably appetizing flavors, fit for any occasion, from a rainy day in the home office to a weekend spent binge-watching your favorite TV show.

Columbia/Spain - Chorizo Arepas

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Arepas have been around for thousands of years, so isn’t it about time they made their way into your kitchen? Expand your culinary horizons and indulge in a dish that can be just about anything, from savory to sweet to Spanish or Columbian – or all of the above! With a number of regional varieties, learning to make arepas is an endeavor in taste, and in culture!

Cuban - Plantain Boats

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If you haven’t had plantains before, you’re missing a special treat. And, if you haven’t had plantains loaded with beans, rice, zesty tomatoes, cilantro and queso fresco, you’re really missing out. Our slightly challenging yet straightforward recipe will leave you satisfied and stuffed, but let’s be real – there’s always room for one more bite!

Germany - Potato Salad

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Fun fact: All potato salad is German! This beloved dish was brought to the states in the nineteenth century, and we haven’t been able to get enough of it since it’s incredibly easy to make, uses easy-to-find pantry staples and has a number of tasty varieties. Serve it as a side to a Frankfurter and a pint and you’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Munich in no time.

South American - Papas Chorreadas

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This Colombian delicacy is red potato perfection and we can’t get enough of it. The name actually derives from the verb “chorrear” which means “to flow or pour” – which is why the sauce is often poured over the potato or incorporated into the plating process. If you’re looking for some flavorful South American flair to break up the monotony of your working-from-home week, this is the dish for you.

Japan - Soba in Spicy Tomato Broth

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Soba is actually the Japanese name for buckwheat! It is typically served chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a soup. Whichever way you decide to prepare and serve yours, we hope it turns your dining room into a café on a Japanese side street, where taste reigns supreme, and every spoonful is an experience.

Greek - Spanakopita

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Spanakopita, or “spinach pie,” is a Greek staple worthy of the dining table on Mount Olympus. It’s also a great way to get the kids to eat spinach! But be warned, just because you make spanakopita does not mean you can go around breaking plates without any consequences.

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