25 Globally-Inspired Recipes to Serve This Holiday Season

Cook up some international flair with these comforting, crowd-pleasing dishes.

Pastitsio

A triple-decker composition of tubular pasta, spiced meat sauce, and lush bécham…

Lion's Head Meatballs (Shih Tzu Tou)

Don't let their ferocious name intimidate you. These giant, savory, tender-yet-s…

Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

This popular Vietnamese dish offers an enticing contrast between warm, savory st…

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Cóctel de Camarón)

Cóctel de camarón is more flavorful—and more fun—than the American classic.

Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup (Harira)

Spices play more than just a supporting role in this hearty Moroccan soup.

Rice Pilaf with Beef and Carrots (Plov)

Pilaf makes a great side dish, but Uzbekistan's revered beef-and-carrot-studded …

Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Of course it should be rich and creamy. But for a version of this restaurant cla…

Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Walnut Dip (Muhammara)

Once you experience the sweeter, smokier taste of home-roasted bell peppers—not …

Pouding Chômeur

This maple syrup cake was born of the Great Depression—yet it is decidedly rich.

Belgian Spice Cookies (Speculoos)

Passengers can’t get enough of Delta Air Lines’ in-flight snack of Biscoff, the …

Beijing-Style Meat Sauce and Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)

The robust flavors in this satisfying dish take just minutes to make.

Chocolate Semifreddo

Italy's elegant alternative to gelato (and ice cream) is rich and decadently cre…

Gougères

Airy, elegant French cheese puffs, known as gougères, deliver toasty flavor with…

Brazilian Shrimp and Fish Stew (Moqueca)

This coconut milk–based stew has such big flavor yet comes together so quickly.

Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

This braise of custardy tofu cloaked in a garlicky, spicy sauce is a signature d…

Linguine with Seafood (Linguine allo Scoglio)

No matter how much shellfish you pack into the pot, the pasta in dishes such as …

Palak Dal (Spinach Dal with Cumin and Mustard Seeds)

This Indian staple is quick, easy, nourishing, inexpensive, and—most important—i…

Thai Grilled Cornish Hens with Chili Dipping Sauce ...

You don’t need specialty equipment to make this street-food classic. Just a low …

Spanish Potatoes with Olive Oil and Wine (Patatas P...

Lush, tender patatas panaderas deserve to be better known outside their homeland…

German Pancake

What’s the secret to achieving a tender, custardy base and a crispy, puffy rim? …

Gâteau Breton with Prune Filling

Hailing from France’s Brittany coast, gâteau Breton boasts a bright jam filling …

Porchetta

Italy’s rich herb-and-garlic-infused slow-cooked pork is one of the world’s bes…

Fougasse

If you’re a fan of a crisp crust, then this rustically elegant Provençal bread i…

Provencal Vegetable Soup (Soupe au Pistou)

Minestrone’s French cousin is bright and fresh—and hearty, thanks to a key pantr…

Semolina Gnocchi (Gnocchi alla Romana)

These Roman-style dumplings are rich, creamy, and satisfying. The only problem? …