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Looking for European inspired recipes that will fit for your BBQ party, picnic or just as a treat for the mingle ?

What about trying one of these dishes, maybe it will be the highlight of the evening!

Here you will find a lot of homemade delicious recipes that are easy to prepare. Many of them can even be made a day or two in advance. This way, after a long day out in the sun, you can quickly sit down and enjoy a wonderful meal together.

The recipes come from all over Europe and are a mixture of appetizers, starters, main or side dishes. Here you will find inspiration that best fits your plans, and maybe you will find your new favorite dish for this summer.

Good luck and happy cooking!


If you like mini pretzels and have been wondering what kind of starter you can make with them, this recipe is perfect for you. This is a homemade recipe with a bottom made of crushed mini pretzels topped with ham, olives, tomatoes and two different kinds of cheese. To use crushed mini pretzels is a way to astonish your pretzel lover guests.
Origin: France
5
2 Reviews.
If you like mini pretzels and have been wondering what kind of starter you can make with them, this recipe is perfect for you. This is a homemade recipe with a bottom made of crushed mini pretzels topped with ham, olives, tomatoes and two different kinds of cheese. To use crushed mini pretzels is a way to astonish your pretzel lover guests.
Origin: France
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
Bavarian potato salad
4.7
3 Reviews.
A homemade Baravian potato salad that is very popular in Germany. Commonly served together with white sausages or small smoked sausages knacks, or ham. Particularly appreciated at the Oktoberfest (Munich beer festival) with a large pretzel on the side.
Origin: Germany
4.7
3 Reviews.
A homemade Baravian potato salad that is very popular in Germany. Commonly served together with white sausages or small smoked sausages knacks, or ham. Particularly appreciated at the Oktoberfest (Munich beer festival) with a large pretzel on the side.
Origin: Germany - Region: Bavaria.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:30
Salmon and potato
4.1
4 Reviews.
This is a recipe based on already prepared cold-smoked salmon, the dish is easy and quick to prepare. One can have whatever spices on the salmon, but it is especially good to squeeze the juice from a lemon before the cooking. To make a homemade sauce gives an option to have it healthier and enhances the flavor of this dish.
Origin: Norway
4.1
4 Reviews.
This is a recipe based on already prepared cold-smoked salmon, the dish is easy and quick to prepare. One can have whatever spices on the salmon, but it is especially good to squeeze the juice from a lemon before the cooking. To make a homemade sauce gives an option to have it healthier and enhances the flavor of this dish.
Origin: Norway
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:20
Salty Beer and Ham Cake
4.9
4 Reviews.
If you’re having a party and are looking for some mingling food, appetizer or to bring on a picnic, this recipe might be for you. A homemade salty bread filled with beer, ham and cheese. Slso known as cake salé or savory cake You can prepare the cake the day before, so it is ready to be served as soon as your guests are here.
Origin: Germany
4.9
4 Reviews.
If you’re having a party and are looking for some mingling food, appetizer or to bring on a picnic, this recipe might be for you. A homemade salty bread filled with beer, ham and cheese. Slso known as cake salé or savory cake You can prepare the cake the day before, so it is ready to be served as soon as your guests are here.
Origin: Germany
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:40
Quinoa salad
4.5
3 Reviews.
A homemade healthy quinoa salad is easy and fast to prepare. It is full of proteins and goes perfectly together with a BBQ or as a light lunch or dinner. You can keep the salad up to 1 week in the fridge, so if you like it, you can make a lot of salad and eat it several days in a row.
Origin: Germany
4.5
3 Reviews.
A homemade healthy quinoa salad is easy and fast to prepare. It is full of proteins and goes perfectly together with a BBQ or as a light lunch or dinner. You can keep the salad up to 1 week in the fridge, so if you like it, you can make a lot of salad and eat it several days in a row.
Origin: Germany
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:15
Salmon fillets topped with halloumi cheese and grilled veggies makes a complete meal baked in the oven. Served together with pasta and sour cream sauce makes this dish perfect any season of the year.
Origin: Sweden
3.2
13 Reviews.
Salmon fillets topped with halloumi cheese and grilled veggies makes a complete meal baked in the oven. Served together with pasta and sour cream sauce makes this dish perfect any season of the year.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:20
Rhodes island sauce
3.5
10 Reviews.
This is a perfect sauce to a fresh salad or seafood. It is served cold and is very easy to make and can be made as strong as you wish. Why this Swedish sauce is named after the state of Rhode Island in the United states of America is a mystery. The sauce resemble a lot of the sauce called Thousand islands sauce, that is also served cold to salads and seafood.
Origin: Sweden
3.5
10 Reviews.
This is a perfect sauce to a fresh salad or seafood. It is served cold and is very easy to make and can be made as strong as you wish. Why this Swedish sauce is named after the state of Rhode Island in the United states of America is a mystery. The sauce resemble a lot of the sauce called Thousand islands sauce, that is also served cold to salads and seafood.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:00
Double breaded fish
3.4
9 Reviews.
Double breaded white fish fillets will give a moist and tender fish, as well as a nice crispy surface. This way the fish keeps its taste and fits together with potatoes or mashed potatoes and a creamy sauce, a Swedish remoulade sauce for example.
Origin: Sweden
3.4
9 Reviews.
Double breaded white fish fillets will give a moist and tender fish, as well as a nice crispy surface. This way the fish keeps its taste and fits together with potatoes or mashed potatoes and a creamy sauce, a Swedish remoulade sauce for example.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:10
Sauerkraut pie
3.5
3 Reviews.
This is a homemade pie with sauerkraut which is delicious and will impress your dinner guests. The pie resemble a quiche but is made with an traditional pie bottom instead of a puff pastry dough. Making a pie with your fermented cabbage is a good way of using leftover sauerkraut you have at home. It is typical to serve a lettuce salad on the side which fits very good with the flavor of the sauerkraut.
Origin: France
3.5
3 Reviews.
This is a homemade pie with sauerkraut which is delicious and will impress your dinner guests. The pie resemble a quiche but is made with an traditional pie bottom instead of a puff pastry dough. Making a pie with your fermented cabbage is a good way of using leftover sauerkraut you have at home. It is typical to serve a lettuce salad on the side which fits very good with the flavor of the sauerkraut.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:40
Hot dog race car
4.3
4 Reviews.
A Homemade hot dog race car is perfect kid food to serve during the summer BBQ party. These race cars are both fun to prepare and to serve. This is a way to make your children eat at least some veggies. The cars might even have a little race before they find their way into the kids mouth.
Origin: Denmark
4.3
4 Reviews.
A Homemade hot dog race car is perfect kid food to serve during the summer BBQ party. These race cars are both fun to prepare and to serve. This is a way to make your children eat at least some veggies. The cars might even have a little race before they find their way into the kids mouth.
Origin: Denmark
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:00
BBQ Minced meat
4.8
4 Reviews.
This minced beef is quick to prepare and very easy to do. A little twist of the recipe is to use mozzarella cheese in the minced meat which will melt when you put it on the BBQ, giving it a different taste and texture.
Origin: France
4.8
4 Reviews.
This minced beef is quick to prepare and very easy to do. A little twist of the recipe is to use mozzarella cheese in the minced meat which will melt when you put it on the BBQ, giving it a different taste and texture.
Origin: France
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:10
German Potato Salad
4.1
5 Reviews.
In Germany there are 2 ways to make potato salad, with a vinaigrette or mayonnaise. This version is popular in the south of Germany, particularly in the region Bavaria. This potato salad is mostly served together with sausage. If you visit a beer garden during Oktoberfest in Munich, you most likely will find there.
Origin: Germany
4.1
5 Reviews.
In Germany there are 2 ways to make potato salad, with a vinaigrette or mayonnaise. This version is popular in the south of Germany, particularly in the region Bavaria. This potato salad is mostly served together with sausage. If you visit a beer garden during Oktoberfest in Munich, you most likely will find there.
Origin: Germany - Region: Bavaria.
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:20
Blue cheese dipping sauce
4.7
3 Reviews.
A homemade blue cheese dipping sauce like the one you get at a restaurant only require 2 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. The result is a wonderful creamy dipping sauce that you can enjoy dipping your favorite finger food like chicken wings, nuggets or cheese sticks.
Origin: Italy
4.7
3 Reviews.
A homemade blue cheese dipping sauce like the one you get at a restaurant only require 2 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. The result is a wonderful creamy dipping sauce that you can enjoy dipping your favorite finger food like chicken wings, nuggets or cheese sticks.
Origin: Italy
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:00
Tomoato crumble pie
4.5
2 Reviews.
A homemade tomato pie with a blanket of crumbles is a perfect way to use the late summer tomatoes you can by in the farmers markets everywhere. Only requires a few ingredients and is easy and quick to prepare.
Origin: Spain
4.5
2 Reviews.
A homemade tomato pie with a blanket of crumbles is a perfect way to use the late summer tomatoes you can by in the farmers markets everywhere. Only requires a few ingredients and is easy and quick to prepare.
Origin: Spain
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:40
Kid Roll up skewers
4.8
2 Reviews.
Quick homemade and easy roll up skewers for kids. A fun and healthy choice to serve on a kid party, sleep over, or why not a lunch box idea. The kids will love them and remember to squeeze in veggies too.
Origin: Spain
4.8
2 Reviews.
Quick homemade and easy roll up skewers for kids. A fun and healthy choice to serve on a kid party, sleep over, or why not a lunch box idea. The kids will love them and remember to squeeze in veggies too.
Origin: Spain
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
The Swedish smörgåstårta is very popular in the summer and is often served on school graduations or fits to all big summer celebrations. This particularly on might not be the first one that comes to mind, but both kids and adults will love it. The cake is best to prepare one day before, that way it has time to rest in the fridge over the night.
Origin: Sweden
4.8
2 Reviews.
The Swedish smörgåstårta is very popular in the summer and is often served on school graduations or fits to all big summer celebrations. This particularly on might not be the first one that comes to mind, but both kids and adults will love it. The cake is best to prepare one day before, that way it has time to rest in the fridge over the night.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:00
Salmon terrine with cream cheese
4
3 Reviews.
A creamy homemade salmon terrine with cream cheese and dill. Easy to make and taste delicious together with a salad and lumpfish roe. The dish is served cold, and you can keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Origin: Germany
4
3 Reviews.
A creamy homemade salmon terrine with cream cheese and dill. Easy to make and taste delicious together with a salad and lumpfish roe. The dish is served cold, and you can keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Origin: Germany
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:00
A homemade avocado mousse served on a slice of grape fruit and with a layer of salmon on top makes a nice starter before the dinner. Only takes a few minutes to prepare and the different ingredients mixture makes a nice taste combination.
Origin: Germany
3.7
3 Reviews.
A homemade avocado mousse served on a slice of grape fruit and with a layer of salmon on top makes a nice starter before the dinner. Only takes a few minutes to prepare and the different ingredients mixture makes a nice taste combination.
Origin: Germany
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:05
Fish and Chips
4.3
4 Reviews.
A real English recipe for the fish and chips using a homemade beer mixture. The surface is super crispy with a tender and tasty fish in the middle. You can either fry the potatoes or put them in the oven depending on how crispy you like them to be.
Origin: United Kingdom
4.3
4 Reviews.
A real English recipe for the fish and chips using a homemade beer mixture. The surface is super crispy with a tender and tasty fish in the middle. You can either fry the potatoes or put them in the oven depending on how crispy you like them to be.
Origin: United Kingdom
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:50
A homemade classic Swedish shrimp sandwich can be found in Sweden all year around, but especially during the summer when you find fresh shrimps to buy. The dish is celebrated the 14th of October every year. It is traditionally made with white bread, shrimps, eggs, salad leaves, lemon, cucumber, or tomatoes.
Origin: Sweden
4.5
1 Review.
A homemade classic Swedish shrimp sandwich can be found in Sweden all year around, but especially during the summer when you find fresh shrimps to buy. The dish is celebrated the 14th of October every year. It is traditionally made with white bread, shrimps, eggs, salad leaves, lemon, cucumber, or tomatoes.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:05
Greek Tzatziki sauce
5
2 Reviews.
A traditional Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce. Fits together with most grilled red-meat but specially meat like gyros, with vegetables, or with white bread. The sauce needs to rest minimum 3 hours before serving, or if you have time it tastes even better the day after preparation.
Origin: Greece
5
2 Reviews.
A traditional Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce. Fits together with most grilled red-meat but specially meat like gyros, with vegetables, or with white bread. The sauce needs to rest minimum 3 hours before serving, or if you have time it tastes even better the day after preparation.
Origin: Greece
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
This is a classic French homemade summer salad with rice and tuna. This salad comes in many different variations, but they all have rice and tuna in common. It is fast and easy to prepare and can be made the day before. Common to serve on a picnic or to bring when you are on the move.
Origin: France
4.5
2 Reviews.
This is a classic French homemade summer salad with rice and tuna. This salad comes in many different variations, but they all have rice and tuna in common. It is fast and easy to prepare and can be made the day before. Common to serve on a picnic or to bring when you are on the move.
Origin: France
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:20
Traditional Swedish sandwich cake
4.8
2 Reviews.
If you think of Swedish sandwich cake or as it is called Smörgåstårta in Swedish, this version is the most common one to eat. It might take a while to make it yourself but all the hard work is worth it when you take the first bite.
Origin: Sweden
4.8
2 Reviews.
If you think of Swedish sandwich cake or as it is called Smörgåstårta in Swedish, this version is the most common one to eat. It might take a while to make it yourself but all the hard work is worth it when you take the first bite.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:00
Serbian cheese pie - Gibanica
4.8
4 Reviews.
This is a homemade Serbian cheese pie called Gibanica made with a crispy crust of filo dough. It is filled with different kind of cheese. The pie can be served cold or warm, as a starter or a main dish, the choice is yours.
Origin: Serbia
4.8
4 Reviews.
This is a homemade Serbian cheese pie called Gibanica made with a crispy crust of filo dough. It is filled with different kind of cheese. The pie can be served cold or warm, as a starter or a main dish, the choice is yours.
Origin: Serbia
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:40
Swedish Remoulade sauce
3.3
3 Reviews.
This homemade Swedish remoulade sauce fits perfect to breaded fish dishes. In Sweden it is common to serve remoulade sauce on hot dogs, not so common in the rest of the world, but worth a try. The sauce only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Origin: Sweden
3.3
3 Reviews.
This homemade Swedish remoulade sauce fits perfect to breaded fish dishes. In Sweden it is common to serve remoulade sauce on hot dogs, not so common in the rest of the world, but worth a try. The sauce only takes a few minutes to prepare.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
Vitello tonnato
5
2 Reviews.
This is an Italian recipe with veal together with a fish sauce. It is a starter served cold together with a fresh green salad. It can be prepared a day before to save time. The sauce is originally decorated as a mountain of mayonnaise on the plate.
Origin: Italy
5
2 Reviews.
This is an Italian recipe with veal together with a fish sauce. It is a starter served cold together with a fresh green salad. It can be prepared a day before to save time. The sauce is originally decorated as a mountain of mayonnaise on the plate.
Origin: Italy
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 02:00
Vegetarian pie
4.5
5 Reviews.
A delicious filo dough pie with red chard, baby plum tomatoes and leek. The crust of the filo and the nutmeg gives the pie a little extra touch. Serve it medium warm together with a green salad. A perfect idea for a picnic pie.
Origin: Sweden
4.5
5 Reviews.
A delicious filo dough pie with red chard, baby plum tomatoes and leek. The crust of the filo and the nutmeg gives the pie a little extra touch. Serve it medium warm together with a green salad. A perfect idea for a picnic pie.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:55
Creamy Dill dipping sauce
4.5
3 Reviews.
A homemade healthy dipping sauce from scratch. A creamy dill sauce that only takes a few minutes to prepare and taste delicious together with fish sticks, crab burger, or breaded fish for example.
Origin: Sweden
4.5
3 Reviews.
A homemade healthy dipping sauce from scratch. A creamy dill sauce that only takes a few minutes to prepare and taste delicious together with fish sticks, crab burger, or breaded fish for example.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:00
Fennel salami Carpaccio
4.5
5 Reviews.
An easy starter to prepare and nice way to start a Italian inspired Evening. Maybe not the first that comes in mind when you think of an Italian Carpaccio, but will be a really tasty treat.
Origin: Italy
4.5
5 Reviews.
An easy starter to prepare and nice way to start a Italian inspired Evening. Maybe not the first that comes in mind when you think of an Italian Carpaccio, but will be a really tasty treat.
Origin: Italy - Region: Tuscany.
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
Salmon roll ups
4.4
5 Reviews.
Salmon roll ups with cream cheese are perfect to serve as party food, as a starter or part of a cold buffet. These healthy small delicious appetizers are ready in 10 minutes and can be served any time of the day.
Origin: Sweden
4.4
5 Reviews.
Salmon roll ups with cream cheese are perfect to serve as party food, as a starter or part of a cold buffet. These healthy small delicious appetizers are ready in 10 minutes and can be served any time of the day.
Origin: Sweden
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:00
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