When you travel, you have the opportunity to take a break from your regular routine. For a week or two, or maybe even a month if you’re lucky, you’re free to see new sights, go on daily adventures, and, of course, eat all of the food. And unlike picturesque views and ancient monuments, you can take recipes from around the world home with you when your vacation is over. Making these international breakfast recipes at home can be a reminder of a more relaxing time, when your morning bowl of instant oatmeal was replaced by a fresh smoothie, made with fruit from a nearby tree, or a new type of omelet with spicy sausage that you’ve never tasted before.
After all, it’s easy to fall into a rut with breakfast, especially if you often find yourself in a rush to get out the door in the morning. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to jazz up a boring breakfast, try looking abroad. Testing out one of these international breakfast recipes can be an easy way to jumpstart your creativity and make every morning a little vacation from your normal routine.
Merguez M'Hancha (Morocco)
M’hancha is a flaky pastry, stuffed with nuts and soaked in orange water, but chef Jiselle Basile made this breakfast take on m’hancha savory by adding a spicy North African sausage merguz to the dish.
Pineapple and Mint Smoothie (Brazil)
International breakfast dishes don’t have to be complicated to be delicious, as this recipe for a mint and pineapple smoothie, straight from the streets of Rio de Janiero, proves.
Persian Herb Omelet (Iran)
Kookoo is an egg-based Iranian dish that’s similar to a frittata or an egg omelet. This version of a kookoo, or Persian herb omelet, from chef Bethany Kehdy, is packed with vegetables and herbs including dill, tarragon, parsley, and chives.
Mango Chow (Trinidad)
This recipe for a spicy Trinidadian mango chow works best with green, unripe mangos. Teresa Sabga recommends eating the chow with your hands, as she does at home with her family in Trinidad, explaining, “Stick to this tradition—you’ll enjoy licking your hands once the bowl is empty—just keep a glass of water at hand because things are bound to get spicy.”
Molletes are a Mexican breakfast sandwich that are traditionally served with beans and cheese on round, spongy mollete bread. But really, there aren’t many rules for what you can put on a mollete for breakfast, except that salsa is mandatory.
Panzanella Salad (Italy)
Panzanella is a great way to use up slightly stale bread that might be lying around your kitchen. Chop up some vegetables to go with the cubes of bread, toss in some olive oil, and you’ve got an Italian brunch dish.
Tomago Gohan (Japan)
The Japanese dish tomago gohan—made with steaming hot white rice, soy sauce, and a raw egg—sounds a little bit gross on paper, but once you’ve given it a shot, you’ll be craving it for breakfast every morning. And since it’s so simple to make, you could definitely get away with it.