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    30 Dishes From Around The World That You (Yes, You) Can Totally Make

    You might not be able to travel, but your tongue can!

    Travel may be on hold for a while, but that doesn't mean you can't have the same foodie experiences you'd get on a vacation in the comfort of your own home! Here are 30 delicious recipes from different countries that are sure to take your taste buds on a journey. Bon appétit!

    1. Chicken Mole Tamales

    A rustic plate holds an old-fashioned spoon and a pile of tamales topped with a rich mole sauce as shreds of moist chicken peek out beneath the masa.
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    Peanut butter, chocolate, and chiles might seem like an unusual combo, but these flavors actually combine into a rich and creamy sauce that pairs perfectly with slow-cooked chicken tamales. One bite will send you straight to the vibrant streets of Mexico.

    2. Japanese Fruit Sandwich

    Four sandwiches made of soft white bread, fluffy whipped cream, and fresh slices of fruit
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    These little sandwiches are as delicious as they are cute. Are they dessert? Are they a snack? Either way, they're a Japanese classic with a taste that's almost as good as traveling there yourself.

    3. Papaya Salad

    Shreds of green papaya, juicy tomatoes, and peanuts sit in a blue patterned bowl
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    Popular in places like Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, this simple salad packs a huge punch of tropical flavor that pairs perfectly with any protein or stands alone as a side dish. The green papaya is refreshing, while peanuts and fish sauce add salty and umami flavors for balance.

    4. Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

    A bed of creamy noodles studded with crispy bits of pork, delicate shreds of cheese, and fresh cracked pepper.
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    The secret to this pasta's creamy sauce? Eggs and cheese — it doesn't get much better than that. It's hard not to imagine yourself twirling these noodles in one hand, a glass of wine in the other, and a view of Rome in front of you.

    5. Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

    A plate of spring rolls, tightly wrapped and see through so plump shrimp and greens show; a small bowl of a spicy and creamy peanut sauce sits beside them
    Healthy Nibbles and Bits / Via

    This summer might not have been spent traveling, but why not end it with a bang (of flavor) with these spring rolls dipped in a spicy peanut sauce? Fresh, crunchy veg and succulent shrimp make the perfect warm-weather meal, whether you're in Vietnam or just your kitchen.

    6. Argentinian Empanadas

    In front of a blurred background of greenery, a wooden board holds brown and crispy empanadas with crimped edges while a small bowl holds a vibrant green dipping sauce
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    Empanadas can be found in many South American countries, and the ones in Argentina are some of the best. There are tons of different varieties; this recipe from the Mendoza region keeps it simple with a beef, olive, and boiled-egg filling. Oh, and don't forget the chimichurri!

    7. Authentic Canadian Poutine

    A ladle pours steaming gravy over fries and cheese curds.
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    You can't visit Canada without trying poutine, so when you can't go to Canada, you have to bring the poutine to YOU! Plus, there's really nothing more comforting than a food trifecta of fries, gravy, and cheese, am I right?

    8. Spam Musubi

    Two slices of spam sit atop thick piles of rice and are tied together with a strip of crisp seaweed.
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    Spam might be known as mystery meat, but when pan-fried and paired with a fluffy ball of rice and salty seaweed, it turns into a handheld snack best enjoyed on a Hawaiian beach. Or at your house — that works too!

    9. Swiss Cheese Fondue

    Fingers pull a crusty bite of bread from a bowl of gooey cheese
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    Close your eyes and imagine you're in the Swiss Alps eating fondue and drinking a glass of wine. Now make it a reality (minus the Swiss Alps part, obviously). This ooey, gooey meal couldn't be easier to make. And c'mon, who doesn't love cheese?!

    10. Nigerian Jollof Rice

    A shallow bowl holds orange-tinged rice, caramelized plantains, a bay leaf, and a piece of skin-on chicken with a thick red sauce
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    Popular in West Africa, this bell pepper and tomato–based rice pairs well with just about every meat or a side of sweet, caramelized plantains. The key to making it authentic is to let the rice at the bottom char slightly, giving it loads of flavor.

    11. Croque Monsieur

    A sandwich made of thick slices of bread, melty cheese, and thin ham on a plate with a side of small pickles and dijon mustard
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    Basically the French version of grilled cheese? Oui, oui, merci! This creamy ham and cheese sandwich is a bar and café staple in Paris, but it'll soon be a staple in your kitchen, too. (PS: Throw on a fried egg to make it a croque madame.)

    12. Bubble Tea

    A hand pours a thin stream of milk into a clear glass in which it mixes with black tea and boba pearls for a swirling effect
    Healthy Nibbles and Bits / Via

    Bubble tea — or boba — is the perfect sweet treat to conquer now that you've perfected your banana bread recipe during quarantine (right?). Mix tea, tapioca pearls, milk, and your favorite sweetener together for an easy at-home version of this Taiwanese drink.

    13. Labneh With Vegetables

    A bowl full of a creamy yogurt-based dip, topped with a healthy drizzle of rich olive oil and flecks of spices
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    This creamy yogurt dip studded with fresh veggies is best served with a side of pita and a sprinkling of za'atar (a Middle Eastern spice blend) on top. It's commonly enjoyed throughout the Middle East, and it'll be hard not to picture yourself there with every bite.

    14. Classic Shepherd's Pie

    A white bowl is filled with ground meat, veggies, and a rich stew and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes, a sprig of rosemary, and plenty of cracked pepper
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    Get ready for your kitchen to smell like a cozy English cottage. Traditional shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb, but this recipe lets you swap it for beef if that's more your thing. Or see the notes for how to make it vegan!

    15. Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp

    A bowl filled with a light broth, crispy sliced bread, and a pile of succulent, glistening shrimp topped with fresh herbs
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    Who isn't dreaming of the day we can visit Spain, eating tapas and enjoying a pitcher (yes, I said pitcher) of sangria? This bowl of garlicky goodness is your first step there. Don't forget the side of bread!

    16. Crispy Tostones

    A pile of crispy, fried plantain slices topped with a healthy sprinkle of salt and a side of an herby, creamy dipping sauce
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    Throw out that bag of chips and make these ASAP. A staple throughout many Latin American and Caribbean countries, this delightfully tropical snack is made with unripe plantains and fried until golden and crispy. YUM.

    17. Chicken Gyros With Feta Fries

    A fluffly pita wrapped in paper holds roasted chicken, bright pickled onions, crunchy radish, fries, and crumbled feta
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    Inspired by Greek street food, these gyros feature store-bought pita wrapped around roasted chicken and Feta fries. Throw in some crunchy radish, pickled red onions, and zesty tzatziki, and you'll practically feel that Greek sun on your face.

    18. Korean Tofu Soup

    A black bowl full of rich, spicy looking broth dotted with kimchi, soft tofu, sliced green onion, and a runny egg yolk in the middle
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    A little spicy, a little umami, and a LOT delicious — this soup is comforting even in the middle of summer. Traditional Korean staples like kimchi and gochujang (red chili paste) really take it to the next level and transport you straight there.

    19. Chicken Adobo With Pineapples

    A textured blue bowl full of browned and glazed, sticky looking chicken wings
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    Chicken adobo is a staple Filipino dish that can have tons of different variations, like this one made with canned pineapple for an extra punch of flavor (without extra hassle). Grab some napkins and take your taste buds to tropical paradise.

    20. Sega Wat (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

    A white bowl holds succulent stewed meat in a sauce dotted with fresh herbs and boiled eggs
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    This Ethiopian stew gets its kick thanks to a homemade berbere spice blend that takes spicy to a new level. The best part is, this dish only gets better with time, so bake up some injera bread and enjoy it for days.

    21. Swedish Pancakes

    A thin pancake topped with fluffy whipped cream, strawberries, and slivered almonds
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    Who says you can't be in Sweden before noon? These pancakes are similar to crepes, but even fluffier because of butter and some extra eggs. They pair perfectly with whipped cream and fresh fruit (maybe lingonberries, anyone?).

    22. Paneer Butter Masala

    A pot of buttery, spiced curry dotted with soft paneer cheese next to a bowl of fluffy, charred naan and fresh veggies
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    The paneer (Indian non-melting cheese) really makes this dish, but you could sub with chicken or tofu if your heart desires. Either way, this nutty, spicy, creamy curry is sure to please your palate and only make you want to visit India even more.

    23. Scottish Sausage Rolls

    A plate of stacked sausage rolls with flaky, brown pastry dough and a peek of ground sausage poking through
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    A trip to Scotland wouldn't be complete without a taste of haggis, but for now we'll stick with making these sausage rolls. Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, these are a breeze to make and will have you devouring one (or five) in no time.

    24. Palestinian Za'atar Rolls

    A round pan of tightly rolled buns, covered in a grainy spice mixture with various tea products in the background
    Sawsan Abu Farha / Via

    Think cinnamon rolls, but with a savory kick from a spice blend featuring nutty, toasted sesame seeds and herbs. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, or just when you need a taste bud vacation.

    25. Brigadeiros (Brazilian Fudge Balls)

    A line up of round brigadeiros in colorful paper cups, covered in sprinkles
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    Brigadeiros, aka Brazilian balls of deliciousness, are shockingly easy to make. Condensed milk makes them sweet, cocoa powder makes them chocolaty, and sprinkles just make them fun. Pop one in your mouth for a ~taste~ of Brazil.

    26. Dill Sauce

    A creamy, dill studded sauce, slices of hard boiled egg, and a soft, dense bread together on a blue and white china plate
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    The beauty of this sauce is that it can go on EVERYTHING: chicken, fish, or even Czech dumplings. It's incredibly simple to make, so you can spend more time daydreaming about your next trip to Eastern Europe.

    27. Olive, Chicken, and Meatball Tagine

    An orange tagine filled with roasted chicken, meatballs, olives, and carrots on a decorative plate and surrounded by side dishes, like fluffy cous cous, browned pita, and almonds
    Sawsan Abu Farha / Via

    Tagine is a popular dish in many countries, including Morocco and Tunisia, but this recipe comes to us from Algeria. The laundry list of aromatic spices pairs perfectly with the briny olives for an out-of-this-world (or country) dish.

    28. Aussie Meat Pies

    A white ramekin holds a meat pie, its crispy, flaky crust broken through to expose tender shredded beef in a thick, rich sauce
    Martha Pesa / Via

    One of Oz's most popular dishes is the best (and most delicious) way to pretend you're traveling across the continent. This recipe, inspired by the traditional handheld version, boasts a flaky crust and rich stewed beef for a comforting taste of Down Under.

    29. Char Kway Teow (Malaysian Noodle Stir-Fry)

    A bowl of wide noodles, shrimp, and a mix of crunchy veggies mixed with a sticky, spicy-looking glaze of sauce
    Sarah Leung / Via

    The flavors and smells of fish sauce, shrimp paste, and garlic will take you straight to the streets of Malaysia or Singapore, where you'll often find this dish being made in a scorching-hot wok. Drizzle on some chili oil for an extra kick!

    30. Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork

    Sliced, roasted pork with a crackling skin and an herby, green sauce on top sits on a wooden cutting board
    Karen Gifford / Via

    One bite of this pork marinated in mojo sauce (featuring orange, lime, garlic, cilantro, and mint) and you'll practically feel like you're in Cuba. Put this succulent meat in a sandwich or serve with rice — you can't lose.

    What are some of your favorite global recipes you've made during quarantine? Let us know in the comments!

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