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FROM BEYOND THE LAKE TO THE DINING TABLE... 7 MOST DELICIOUS MEALS OF BALKAN CUISINE

The Balkans have always been one of the cultural and ethnic areas of interest in Europe. Because there is warmth and affection in every corner of life, from music to food. The Balkan cuisine we are especially familiar with from the Thracian cuisine, relies heavily on meat and dough. Here are the 7 most delicious meals of the Balkan cuisine, from beyond the lake to the dining table...

 

Elbasan Tava (a lamb casserole with yogurt)

Elbasan tava

Elbasan, one of the most delicious meals the Balkan cuisine has to offer, is prepared by cooking garlic, lamb and eggs in the oven with a sauce of yogurt. This originally Albanian dish is also made with chicken and turkey. Indeed, leg and shank of the lamb are the best ingredients for this meal. The meal is named after the Albanian city of Elbasan.

 

Flija

Making flija, which is essentially a pastry dish, is not that easy. Usually cooked in the villages where there are no shortages of open spaces and ample time, making delicious flijas is not everyone’s cup of tea. Served with ajvar and pepper pickles.

 

Popara

Also known as papara in Turkey, this dish is quite simple to make and delicious. Withered cheese and stale bread are the basic ingredients of this meal; breakfast food, if you will. There may be different approaches to preparing the dish due to the ingredients used. Most commonly, though, bits of bread and chucks of cheese are added to powdered red pepper sizzled in oil and then fried.

 

Peach kebab

Called the peach kebab in Turkey due to the way it looks, the meal’s traditional name is Gömlek Köftesi. It is said that in ancient times, farm landlords had this meal made to spread the good news of their ewes giving birth. This meal, which is similar to minced liver wrapped in lamb’s fat, is cooked on the grill. The meat fries as the cover of fat wrapped outside melts.  

 

Pepper pickles with Greek yogurt

Pickles claim a coveted spot in our culture, but we can bet our bottom dollar you have not tasted similar pickles before! Somborka, a type of pepper grown in the Balkans, is filled with curd cheese and Greek yogurt. And the pickles are ready to be eaten! This type of food is served in the migrant villages of our country as a side dish.

 

Ajvar

ajvar

A wonderful delicacy with rising popularity also in Turkey, ajvar is a Yugoslavian flavor. According to a rumor, it was previously called “srpski caviar” and was later named as ajvar. This sauce is made from garlic, red pepper and eggplants. A sauce made in fall, it is served in winter as a side dish to many meals.

 

Kačamak

One of the most important dishes of the Rumelian cuisine, kačamak is especially a popular dish in the villages of Pomak. The first meal offered on the morning of religious holidays is kačamak. In fact, this meal is so important for the Balkan cuisine that there are special wooden spoons called “Kačamak Spoons” for stirring it.

 

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