Have you just tried a recipe for schnitzel that you found in your grandma’s stash, found it was delicious and think everyone you know should try it too? Want to find some recipes similar to it so you can expand your cooking pallet? The solution is simple. Plan a food swap.
What’s a Food Swap?
It really is as simple as it sounds. A food swap is a get together among friends where everyone makes an abundance of some type of food and swaps it for other kinds. Most of these parties have a specific theme.
How to Plan a Food Swap
First, pick your theme. If the schnitzel recipe is the one you want to share, a German theme would be the best choice. Germans, after all, do love food and have a wide variety of amazing dishes just waiting to be shared.
Next, choose about six friends and invite them over. If you’re aiming to make this an event people will remember, make up some German-themed, formal looking invitations and snail mail them out about 4 weeks ahead of time. Be sure to include the rules of the party in the invites though.
- Everyone has to bring a dish. Be sure to bring enough for everyone to sample the dish at the party, as well as take some home for later.
- Along with their dish, everyone has to bring enough copies of the recipe for all the other guests to be able to take one with them.
- Be sure to arrive with an open mind. Germany, along with many other cultures, has some rather odd traditions to the eyes of Americans. Everyone has to be willing to try new things, no matter how unusual they may seem.
Tips for Even More Fun
Since Germans traditionally use food as a reason to gather and spend time together, a great way to make your food swap even better would be to make it into sort of a potluck setting. Invest in some cute paper plates, set up a long table so all your guests can sit together. Go all out! Decorate with some German flags and be sure to have some authentic deserts and drinks to share as well.
More often than not, German recipes have been passed down through several and are all a bit different, but to avoid duplicate dishes, try assigning each guest a type of meat to work with.
At the end of the day, everyone will have new recipes, some great food to take home and a new stash of memories made.