Favorite Regional Dishes From Competing Olympic Countries

Times, scores, and medals aside, these countries make a mean dish in the kitchen

Spain may not be dominating the soccer field this year at the games, but their regional pan con tomate is a winner in our mind.

With the Olympics in full swing, there’s lots of buzz about who’s winning gold and what sport is up next. After a jam-packed weekend, Olympic spectacles are already stealing the headlines — covering everything from record-breaking times and expulsions to drug testing. In light of controversies and record-breaking results, we’re taking it a step further at The Daily Meal and thinking about the games in terms of food.

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Along with being known for their athletic prowess, some of the competing Olympic countries are quite savvy in the kitchen as well. As announcers recalled the ancient Greek origins of the Olympics, we thought about how much we love Greek spreads, and while Americans were appalled when they saw Frenchman Yannick Agnel beat Ryan Lochte and the American team in the men’s 4x100 free relay on Sunday, we wondered how his bouillabaisse tastes. The Spaniards are out of the soccer tournament this year? More time for them to make some simple yet satisfying pan con tomate. And while Chile hasn’t made any major strides yet in terms of the games, we bet a Chilean tres leches cake tastes pretty good in their chic Brooks Brothers 2012 Olympic gear.

Whatever the story is, our minds keep racing back to our favorite regional dishes from competing Olympic countries. Make them in honor of your favorite country, or make them because they’re the only thing you might enjoy about that team — no matter who you’re rooting for in whichever sport, these recipes win the gold at The Daily Meal.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce