World Cuisine for Two
By Janet A. Zimmerman, About.com Guide
Appetizers and Beginnings
Whether you call them tapas, hors d'oeuvres or appetizers, these starters and snacks from around the world are the perfect beginning for your meal for two.
These entrees from around the globe will make menu planning fun and liven up your dinners for two.
- US: Shrimp and Grits
- Eastern Europe: Meatballs in Sour Cream Wine Sauce
- Italy: Pasta Bolognese
- Mexico: Fish Tacos
Don't think that just because you're making a French main dish you need a French side dish. For instance the Beef Daube above would be wonderful with the Italian Green Beans below. Think about flavors, not origins.
- Middle-East: Tabouleh
- Mexico: Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)
- Germany: Potato Salad
- Italy: Green Beans
- France: Potatoes Dauphinoise
- US: Fried Green Tomato
- Middle-East: Carrot Salad with Cumin
- France: Baked Leeks
For a hot summer evening Italy's Coffee Granita is a marvelous conclusion, while on a fall night Sweet Potato Pie might be just the ticket. And Irish Bread Pudding is a rib-sticking end to a winter meal when the cold rain is sheeting down in buckets.