As the England team warm up for their match against Iceland this evening, we had a quick glimpse into the culinary world of the Nordic state. Whale, puffin, shark, sheep’s head and reindeer are all Icelandic traditions, boasting some of the weirdest and obscure dishes in the world, needless to say it isn’t for everyone.
But it’s not all fermented shark and whale blubber. The unofficial, and popular choice with football fans is the humble hot dog. Different to the all American classic, Icelandic hot dogs are made mostly of lamb and topped with raw white onions and crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard called ‘pylsusinnep’, and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard and herbs.
With a population of just over 300,000 it has been said that 8% of Iceland’s population have travelled to France to watch their team play in Euro 2016. If 8% of England fans travelled it would amount to 4.24 million people!
For the French it’s not too dissimilar when it comes to match food, the typical French football stadium snack is the ‘Gallette-Saucisse’, translated as a sausage sandwich, but no ordinary sausage sandwich. This French street food speciality consists of a fried pork sausage wrapped inside a thin buckwheat pancake (or crepe!) which can be eaten cold or warm.
Not hitting the right notes for match night? why not whip up some football finger food with the help of Borderfields.
Come on England!