5 Countries’ Defining Comfort Foods and Where to Get Them in MKE

Consider these European feel-good dishes.


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Italy: Osso Buco

On the hearty but elegant side is this specialty of Lombardy, which translates to bone with a hole. Osso buco features a veal shank braised in white wine, broth and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes.

WHERE TO TRY IT: Zarletti (741 N. Milwaukee St.)


France: Cassoulet

Originally made by French peasants, this dish is a rich mixture of white beans, duck or goose confit, sausage and sometimes other meats. It is named after its classic cooking vessel, the casserole.

WHERE TO TRY IT: Pastiche (4313 W. River Ln., Brown Deer)


Spain: Paella

The national dish of Spain, paella is a one-pan wonder. It originated in the eastern coastal city of Valencia, and the word paella is Valencian for frying pan. Historically, the dish was served to farm laborers for lunch.

WHERE TO TRY IT: Cavas (401 E. Erie St.) 


Greece: Avgolemono

A thick, creamy, egg-lemon soup that traces back to Sephardic Jewish cuisine. Get this: Greek cooks make a kissing sound when adding the egg-lemon to the broth. It’s supposed to prevent the soup from separating!

WHERE TO TRY IT: Apollo Café (1310 E. Brady St.)


United Kingdom: Shepherd’s Pie

The meat-vegetable pie with a mashed potato crust was historically intended for using up leftovers. While it has a place in Irish cuisine, it is thought to have first been created in Scotland and northern England

WHERE TO TRY IT: County Clare (1234 N. Astor St.)



 

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.