Chatelaine Kitchen

Olympics-inspired potluck party menu

Celebrate the spirit of the Olympics with a collection of our best international recipes

Starting tomorrow, over 200 nations will be participating in the 2012 Olympics in London. If you won’t be attending the games in London, then throw an Olympics viewing party with dishes from around the world. I love the Olympics because for the most part, the competition between countries is friendly. But when it comes to food, there’s no competition – I’m a fan of them all! We’ve compiled a list of appetizers, mains, desserts and even cocktails from all around the world. Try mixing and matching dishes from your favourite countries (or athletes) for an international feast. 

Let the games begin!


Morocco: Moroccan HummusMoroccan burgers with spiced mayo

Africa: BBQ with piri piri sauceNorth African cabbage saladnutty tomato and spinach stew


Turkey: Grilled Turkish chickenkofta beef kebobs 

Middle East: Grilled lambchops with tabboulehLebanese lentilsjewelled riceMiddle Eastern supper salad 


India: Tandoori chicken sticksbutter chicken pizzaIndian-spiced cauliflower 


Korea: Grilled asparagus doenjangbulgogi steak and cheese melt

China and Hong Kong: Hong Kong chicken curryeasy hoisin chicken salad rollssalmon, pineapple and zucchini skewers,  chicken, shiitake and asparagus skewers 

Japan: Japanese-bacon okonomiyakemiso-glazed pork kebabsopen-faced spicy california roll

Singapore: Singapore noodles 

Thailand: Chili-coconut shrimpThai turkey meatballscoconut curry tofu pita pockets 

Vietnam: Fresh shrimp and mint salad rollsVietnamese sandwichesVietnamese espresso affogatto



Australia and New Zealand: dill-lime shrimp on the barbiefresh basil and strawberry pavlovaslemon-tarragon lamb chops 


Argentina: BBQ steaks with Argentinean sauce

Brazil: Mango caipirinha


Canada: Maple-rye gingerCanadian cocktailstrawberry-vanilla yogurt pops, more Canadian-inspired dishes  

United States: New classic burgerbaked onion ringsred, white and blue sangria jellies

Mexico: Grilled vegetable fajitashalibut and zucchini soft tacoschicken, mango and brie quesadillas

Jamaica: Jamaican jerk shrimp with rice and beans

Cuba: Little cubano sandwiches



Belgium: Fries with Homemade mayo

France and Monaco: Charcuterie board sandwichFrench tuna tartineclassic lemon tart

Germany: Crispy schnitzelGerman cucumber salad

Great Britain: Creamy artichoke and smoked salmon tea sandwicheslemony fish piebanoffee tartssticky toffee puddings

Greece: lamb burgers with feta and mint, lemony chicken souvlaki with bulgur pilaf lamb antipasto skewers with herbed feta dressing 

Ireland: Mini gourmet potato skinschocolate guinness cakeblack & black cocktail

Italy: Prosciutto and arugula pizzetteham and cheese foccaccia with mostardacaprese pizza toast

Poland: Perogies with garlic spinachperogies with dilled-yogourt sauce

Portugal: Portuguese chicken 

Russia: Roasted beets with dill yogourt drizzle 

Spain: Smoky Spanish musselscheater Spanish paellablue moon over Barcelona cocktail

Sweden: Swedish-style egg, dill and beet on dark rye

Switzerland: Chardonnay cheese fonduegruyere cheese puffs