Are you on a food challenge or simply inquisitive about food that starts with Q? You are in the right place! Once you go through this article, you will enrich your vocabulary with more than 50 foods that start with Q.
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List of Food That Starts With Q
- Quadrettini is a type of flat pasta that can be either a triangle or a square.
- Quaker oats
- Queso refers to a side dish or appetizer that consists of melted cheese.
- Quiche is a French savory tart loaded with different types of ingredients.
- Queens cake is a dessert made with shredded coconut and flour-based batter.
- Quarter pounder is a 4-ounce burger.
- Queens fish
- Quisp is a breakfast cereal bar.
- Quills pasta is a cylinder-shaped type of pasta.
- Quick bread is a type of bread that doesn’t contain eggs or yeast.
- Quail eggs
- Qatayef is a recipe for a sweet dumpling; it can have a filling of nuts or cream.
- Quince a pear-shaped fruit with an acid taste; it is used in preserves for its flavor.
- Quesadilla is a Mexican dish that consists of corn tortilla with melted cheese inside.
- Quesco is a Mexican cheese dip; it also contains garlic, onion, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and different spices.
- Quandong is an Australian fruit known as a wild peach; it comes with a sour and salty sweetness, depending on the tree.
- Queso panela is a type of smooth Mexican cheese.
- Queso anejo is another Mexican cheese, usually made of skimmed goat’s milk.
- Queso Oaxaca is a semi-hard Mexican cheese made from curd cheese; it can be pulled apart and used as melted cheese on foods or as a filling in tortillas.
- Queso asadero is another type of cheese with a rubbery texture that can be twisted into strands.
- Queso fresco is fresh Mexican cheese.
- Question cotija is a type of crumbly cheese.
- Queso flameado stands for flamed cheese; essentially, it is roasted cheese over an open fire.
- Quiche Lorraine is a savory tart made with cream, eggs, and lardons.
- Quindim is a Brazilian dessert made with egg yolks for intense color and ground coconut.
- Quatre-quarts is a French cake.
- Quorn is a substitute for meat and originates in the UK.
- Questche is a prune plum.
- Quroot is a dairy product made from dehydrated yogurt, added salt, and then shaped into balls.
- Quavers is a British snack that consists of curly potato puffs.
- Quinoa flour
- Queen of Puddings is another British recipe; it is a dessert topped with meringue.
- Quince cheese is made of the pulp of quince fruit and cooked until it turns into red gelatin.
- Quenelle is creamed fish or meat, combined with a light egg binding and breadcrumbs.
- Quahog is a type of shellfish with tender, slightly sweet meat.
- Quetschenantaart is a fruit tart made with damson plums.
- Qeema is a curry dish made with mutton or beef, green peas, or potatoes.
- Queijadinhais is a sweet dish made of cheese, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk.
- Quesito is a sweet pastry filled with cheese.
- Qottab is an Iranian cake or pastry filled with almonds.
- Qurabiya is a type of shortbread biscuit.
- Quatre epices is a combination of spices commonly found in France.
- Quassia is used in different recipes and is known as bitter ash.
- Qland guo is a combination of pepper, chopped garlic, ginger, and scallions.
- Qalat daqqa is a spice mixture that contains nutmeg, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, and grains of paradise (a spice from the ginger family).
- Quicksand is a type of cocktail that contains Kahlua coffee liqueur, Bacardi rum, KitKat chocolate, vanilla ice cream, Bailey’s Irish cream, and Hershey chocolate syrup.
- Quaker cocktail is a fruity martini that contains brandy, aged rum, raspberry syrup, and a splash of fresh lemon juice.
- Quarter deck is a delicious cocktail made with sweet dark wine and cream Sherry.
- Quick Decision is a beverage that contains Irish cream, whiskey, coffee liqueur, rum, and whipping cream.
- Quinine water is tonic water made as a carbonated soft drink.
- Queen Mother is a beverage made with dubonnet red, Rutte dry gin, Italian red aperitivo or Aperol, and Jamaican rum.
- Quick thrill is a cocktail that contains Coke (soda), red wine, and rum.
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Although the term seems to be French, the first quiche was created in Lothringen, a medieval place that used to be under German rule.
The word also comes from the German “Kuchen”, translated to cake. The French improved the recipe and also renamed the dish to “Quiche Lorraine”. The first version of the dish was made with cream custard, egg, and bacon, all in an open tart-like pie. Later on, the recipe also got cheese.
Nowadays, there are numerous variations. Some of them include vegetables and any other ingredients, ranging from ground beef to smoked salmon. The original bread dough is also swapped – sometimes either puff pastry crust or shortcrust.
Quiche comes with a high-calorie intake that averages at around 400 per slice. It’s great comfort food for a balanced lifestyle, but splurging too often could lead to increased cholesterol levels due to eggs, cheese, and ham in most recipes. It is best to match it with a hearty salad that can add healthy, filling fiber for a complete meal.
Qatayef is a dish usually enjoyed during the Ramadan holiday feast. It resembles a sweet pancake that can have different fillings, either cheese or nuts, such as hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
Some believe that there is nothing more enjoyable than socializing and feasting on qatayef together with friends, which is why the food is prepared in most street food stalls or brought to friends’ homes as a gift.
The biggest qatayef was prepared in Bethlehem, reaching 104 kilograms and a diameter of 3 meters. Although qatayef is usually served as a savory snack plain or filled with cheese, there are also some sweet versions.
When enjoyed as a dessert, it often contains syrup and one portion can reach up to 500 calories. For a low-fat version, you can make cream at home by combining low-fat milk and starch.
Qeema is a curry-like recipe; its name can be directly translated to “minced meat” in Urdu. As a result, it is often prepared with ground goat or lamb meat, potatoes, green peas, ginger, onions, chili, ghee, garam masala spices, and garlic.
Its origins remain wrapped in mystery; despite its obvious popularity in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, some voices claim that it has Persian origins because it was mentioned in an ancient document, known as Ain-I-Akbari.
Qeema is often enjoyed as a main dish, along with flatbreads, but it is also a filling for samosas.
In South Asian countries, qeema is made with goat or lamb meat, but there are other variations, too. The different types of meat can be either stewed or fried and, typically, it has the appearance of a curry.
In many restaurants, qeema also contains tomatoes, onions, ginger, and peas, so the final taste and nutritional content depend on what ingredients you use.
Queijadinha is a dessert similar to cheesecakes and tarts. The dish is popular in Portugal and Brazil, while the original ingredients are sugar, egg yolks, coconut, cheese, and milk. After baking the mixture, the dessert is usually placed in decorative paper cups.
The origin goes back to early Portugal. Its main features are egg yolks, giving it a specific richness. Another Portuguese influence is the choice of spices with a particular focus on cinnamon and vanilla. Most likely, Brazilians added coconuts and sugar to the recipe, while other historians attribute some final touches to the 17th century added by African slaves in Brazil, who used to spend all of their days in sugarcane fields.
Quesito is a pastry that originated in Puerto Rico. It can be baked into a different range of shapes, but it is generally made of soft and sweet cheese, either croissant-, tube-like or envelope-shaped. Some recipes totally encase the cheese in pastry, while others leave it partially exposed.
The traditional quesito contains cream cheese that is deliciously flavored with vanilla. Some other recipes include jam which is mixed with the sweet cream cheese. Common fruits that can be mixed in the filling are papaya and guava.
Quesito does not take much skill to prepare. All you need to do is roll out the pastry dough, fill it with cream cheese, and fold it so the cheese is covered and will not run out of it during baking. Then, it is oven-baked until golden brown. The outside of the pastry is brushed with egg.
All in all, this concludes our list of food that starts with Q. Out of everything, it is easy to notice the abundance of Mexican recipes, thanks to the fact that the Mexican word for cheese is “queso”. If you haven’t tried any so far, make sure you pick a few recipes to impress your friends and family!