7 Most Popular Hungarian Ethnic Food Recipes

Hungarians are known for their delicious food, where meat, paprika, and sour cream are used quite often. Their desserts are the same, being sweet and full of flavor. If you’re on a diet, visiting Hungary will definitely spoil such plans, since the food here is consistent and very hard to resist. In the following lines you will find some of the most appreciated Hungarian dishes, which made this country famous around the world.

• Hungarian Beef Goulash

If you want to try something authentic and traditional from Hungary, you need to try the goulash. It is a delicious stew made out of beef, although pork may be added as well, or used exclusively in the recipe. The best goulash is made in a large kettle outside, on open fire, but you can always prepare it inside as well. The best part is that you will need one pot for all the ingredients, adding them step-by-step, as the recipe tells you. The side dish for goulash can be anything you want, from potatoes, to pasta, or even rice. If you want to try this dish out, check this recipe and enjoy here!

 

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• Langos

This is a type of food you will find almost anywhere in Hungary, being a much appreciated street food. It is practically deep fried dough, seasoned with a large variety of sauces, like garlic sauce, ketchup, or even sour cream, and topped with cheese. It may not be too good for your silhouette, but you will simply fall in love with the taste. It is a perfect dish in case you want to try something different, so make sure you check the recipe, because it is so easy to prepare this dish.

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• Halászlé

Halászlé of the fisherman’s soup is a famous soup made out of fish. Paprika is used with generosity in this recipe, for flavor, but other ingredients, like tomatoes, peppers, and others, as used for preparing it. The best way to make this soup is outside, on an open fire, allowing it to simmer for hours. This is what it will give the soup its incredible taste. Would you like to try it? Here is the recipe.

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• Kurtos Kalacs

The Kurtos Kalacs or chimney cake will mesmerize you with its incredible scents as soon as you get near a food stand that prepares it. The smell of vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and caramel will make you drool instantly, wishing to try this incredibly looking cake. It is a very popular street food in Hungary and neighboring countries, which also got the taste for this tasty dessert. The cake can be topped with anything from caramelized sugar, to coconut flakes, minced nuts, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Try it for yourself by using this recipe.

 

Kurtos Kalacs Hungarian cake recipe

• Paprikás Csirke

Paprikás Csirke or chicken paprikash is another famous Hungarian stew recipe. It is delicious and considered to be comfort food, because it is filling but light at the same time. Usually, the paprikash is served with small dumplings, but paste or anything else you have around as a side dish will do. It is not complicated to make and you will simply love the taste. Here is the recipe if you want to try it out.

 

 Paprikás Csirke Hungarian Dish Recipe

6. Töltött Paprika

Translated as stuffed pepper, Töltött Paprika is a savory and filling dish. Practically, peppers that are emptied of their seeds are stuffed with a composition made out of ground meat, uncooked rice, eggs, onions, paprika, salt, and pepper. They are placed in a pot and covered with a sauce made out of water, tomato sauce, onions, peppers, and other ingredients. The pot is then covered and can be cooked in an oven or left to simmer on the stove until the peppers are made. Serve it fresh sour cream and even hot peppers. This recipe will simply charm you.

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7. Madártej

Madártej is actually a dessert; the name can be literally translated as “bird’s milk”. It is named this way because the main ingredients are milk and eggs, being similar to vanilla custard. It is an easy to prepare dessert that extremely rich in flavors and very comforting. The egg whites are beaten into thick and hard foam, while the egg yolks are mixed with sugar, vanilla essence or a vanilla pod, and added into hot milk on the stove. If you love the idea of such a light but tasty dessert and wish to know more about how to prepare it, here is the recipe.

Madrtej Hungarian Floating Recipe

Top 4 Most Popular Romanian Food Recipes

For any foodie, visiting Romania also means to enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. Romanians love to cook and love to enjoy good food, especially with family and friend around the table. But, among all Romanian dishes, there are a few that are prepared consistently, because they are highly appreciated. Discover them in the lines below, together with how to prepare them, in case you want to try something new.

• Sarmale

Sarmale or meat cabbage rolls is a type of dish that is present on the menu in Romania at every major Holiday, but also whenever people feel like enjoying the dish. Because it is quite consistent, it is made when guests are expected, as it is a delicious, highly appreciated, and hunger quenching dish.

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The recipe can vary a lot, sweet or pickled, sour cabbage can be used for the rolls. In some areas, cabbage is replaced with vine leaves, although these can be used only in late spring or early summer, when they are tender enough. The meat used for the recipe also varies, pork being the most common, which can be mixed with beef. But, chicken can also be used, and some people may even prepare a vegetarian version, for the fast period. They are usually served with sour cream on top and polenta. Check out the Sarmale recipe here!

• Beans with Smoked Pork Ham

Pork is quite present in the Romanian cuisine and when it is smoked, it becomes the perfect ingredient for a dish containing beans. This is a dish very much appreciated during the cold season, as it is consistent and has an incredible taste as well, comforting the stomach. The beans are boiled with big chunks of smoked pork ham, tomato sauce, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, laurel leaves, and even thyme. Before the dish is finished, everything is left to simmer slowly, so all these incredible flavors mix together. The result is a mouthwatering dish, similar to a stew. Are you already charmed? Perhaps you would like to try out these beans recipe?
Find recipe here!

 

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• Mici or mititei

 

There isn’t a Romanian who will not enjoy a dish containing freshly grilled mici, served hot, with mustard, bead, and, occasionally, with French fries. The mici are similar to meat balls, although the composition is a bit more different. Ground beef is used, although some recipes mix beef with mutton, for a more sophisticated taste. It is also one of the most popular types of street food in Romania, being present at any festival or public event around the country. The smell of grilled mici also rises from almost any backyard when the summer comes, as Romanians love to sit around the barbeque and get these meat rolls ready. A cold pint of beer is more than perfect to accompany this dish as a beverage. If you want to enjoy this dish, here is the recipe.

 

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• Zacusca

 

Because the autumn arrived and there are plenty of vegetables on the market, Romanians like to prepare dishes that can be stored for the cold season. Zacusca is one of them, being a thick paste made with ground eggplants, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, onions, and spices.
Beans or mushrooms can be optionally added to the main recipe, to a diversity of tastes. This is a great dish as an appetizer, because it can be easily spread on bread, for a quick but tasty snack. If you want to try this, here is the recipe for the dish.

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Hungarian Cuisine & Most Popular Foods

Hungarian Cuisine Facts and History

The Hungarian cuisine is very diverse, in terms of ingredients, and very delicious as well, belonging mainly to an ethnic group called Magyars. Meats, vegetables available according to season, fruits, bread, but also cheese and other dairy products are all part of this cuisine and can be found in various recipes.

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In the ancient times, the Magyars were a nomad people, raising livestock because they could take the herds with them wherever they were traveling to. This may be an explanation why meat was, and still is, an important part in their cuisine.

Also, many of the traditional dishes of the Hungarian cuisine are originally cooked on an open fire, using a cauldron. In the 15th century, the sweet chestnut, garlic, onion, nutmeg, ginger, and saffron were introduced in this cuisine. The Turks influenced this cuisine as well, bringing their sweets and the use of eggplants in various recipes, together with pilaf, a dish using rice. But, influences also came from the Germans and Austrians, which where their neighboring countries.

Hungarian Cuisine Menu

 

Breakfast

Breakfast is usually large in Hungary, a large variety of foods being served in the morning. Sandwiches with bread, butter, cheese, ham, liver pâté, bacon, salami, or even sausages are among the favorites. Eggs, French toasts and veggie salads are also present. Hot beverages are preferred in the morning, like a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, which may be accompanied by pastries, a bun, strudel, or bread with jam or honey. Milk with cereals is another popular breakfast, especially among the young ones.

Lunch

Lunch is considered the most important meal of the day, several courses composing it. An appetizer usually starts the lunch, and it can be cold or hot, consisting in fish, or eggs. The next dish will be soup, which can be made with veal, chicken, or other meat, veggies, noodles, or dumplings. Then the main dish comes, consisting in meat, cooked in various manners, and salad. And last, but not least, a dessert will end the lunch.

 Snacks

Whenever the Hungarians get hungry between meals, a sandwich, which contains the preferred ingredients, will make the perfect snack. Other snacks can consist in fresh fruits, like apples, pears, or plums, various pastry products, or even slices of cake, depending on preferences.

Dinner

For dinner, the Hungarians will have something light, like a sandwich, again, a hot dog sausage called virsli, yogurt and a bun, all sort of pasties, or pancakes. Unlike many other areas around the world, in Hungary, pancakes are not served as a dessert, as they often make a main dish. Instead of being filled with something sweet, the Hungarian pancakes are filled with ground meat and spices.

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Desserts

The desserts in the Hungarian cuisine are very diverse, because people in this area love to end their meals with something sweet. The Dobos cake is a popular cake around here, consisting in a spongy cake with layered chocolate cream, and with a topping of nuts and glazed caramel. Rigó Jancsi is another popular dessert made out of cubes of spongy cake covered in a dark chocolate glaze. Túró Rudi is a sweet quark cheese that fills the inside of a chocolate bar. Many desserts consist in a spongy cake that is prepared with various fillings and sweet ingredients.

Drinks

 

Wine is quite popular in Hungary, the people here producing this type of drink since the times of the ancient Romans. Tokaji is probably the most famous white dessert wine in the area. Beer is also appreciated, being almost as old as wine, a great number of beer brands being made in the country. Unicum is a brand of famous Hungarian liquor, which is a herbal bitter served as a digestive or aperitif.

Holiday Menu

 

 Christmas

Christmas is the time for special recipes, like halászlé, which is a Hungarian fish soup. Roasts are also a must-have for the Christmas dinner, like goose, turkey, or duck roast. Cabbage rolls, filled with minced meat and cooked in the oven, are also appreciated. As a dessert, the beigli is made during this period of the year, which a pasty roll filled with a sweet composition made with poppy seed or minced walnuts. Szaloncukor are flavored candies that are hanged as decorations in the Christmas tree, everybody picking them and eating them during Christmas.

 Easter

 

For Easter, there aren’t many specialties that are prepared for this celebration, besides the traditional boiled eggs that are painted in red and the Easter sweet bread. Dishes with meat will again be present here, together with dishes that contain eggs, like a variety of yellow cheese, made with quark and eggs.

 

Most Popular Dishes

 

• Goulash – it is a thick soup usually made with veil or beef, in a cauldron set on an open fire, also containing potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, and paprika.
• Chicken paprikas – it is a dish made with chicken that is slowly simmered in gravy made with cream and paprika, served usually with nokedli, which is homemade pasta.
• Pörkölt stew – is a stew made with chopped pork bits, very similar with the Italian ragu.
• Lecsó – a popular stew made out of various veggies, resembling ratatouille.

Most Used Ingredients

• Meat / Fish: veil, beef, chicken, pork;
• Veggies: tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, peppers;
• Fruits: apples, plums, pears, grapes or raisins;
• Other: paprika, pepper, maize, wheat flour;

 

Hungarian Cuisine Chimney Cake Recipe

Hungarian Street Food – what to eat when traveling to Hungary?

Walking through Hungary? Then you need to try the Lángos. This is dough made out of wheat flour and usually mashed potatoes, flattened into a plate size sheet and deep fried. It is served warm with sour cream and grated cheese on top, even with garlic sauce or ketchup, according to preferences.

You may also enjoy the Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, at the numerous street food stalls that spread a sugary vanilla flavor in the air. You can have the chimney cake with sugar and cinnamon, with ground walnuts, coconut flakes, melted caramel, and many other mouthwatering toppings.

Also, don’t miss the Rétes, which is the Hungarian strudel. It consists of a log made out of thin pastry, filled with a good amount of apples, cherry, poppy seed filling, and covered in powdered sugar. Kifli is another type of pastry product you can find on the streets of Hungary, resembling a croissant, but being more dense and filling. It is baked simple, without any topping or filling, as it can be served just like that, or with butter, cheese, ham, or whatever you like.

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7 Most Popular Hungarian Food Recipes

 

Romanian Cuisine – Traditional & Modern Food

Romanian Cuisine Facts and History

Anyone who travels to Romania will enjoy a diverse cuisine, a surprising entwining of various foods and spices. Ever since ancient times, the people that settled in the area were farmers, and hunters, so food was always available.
 
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Each area in the country has its specific recipes, given by its geography and the cultures of cereals and vegetables that are grown, plus the influences that were given by the neighbors. The traditional Romanian dishes contain a wide array of meats, milk and dairy products, cereals, and vegetables, together with all sorts of spices and herbs. Talking about influences, the Balkan, German, Italian, French, Turkish, and Hungarian cuisines brought some elements in the Romanian cuisine.
For instance, the Turks brought in the meatball soup, the Greeks introduced the shepherd’s pie, the Bulgarians came with many dishes containing vegetables, and the Austrians gave this cuisine their schnitzel.

Romanian Cuisine Menu

 

Breakfast

The breakfast in Romania is quite rich, very many foods being served in the morning. Eggs, fried, boiled, or served as omelet, are highly appreciated, with ham, onions, and even cheese. Bread is also consumed, as a side dish, or with butter, jam, or yogurt. Coffee, black or with milk, or tea is served most often, although milk will be eaten in the morning as well, accompanied by pastry products or cereal. Also, it is not uncommon for meat products, like sausages, salami, or anything similar, to be eaten as well, with bread and fresh veggies.

Lunch

The regular lunch is consisted, being one of the most important meals of the day, consisting in three types of dishes. Soup is served first, made entirely out of veggies or with meat content. After, the main course can be a stew, a dish with roast meat and steamed veggies, rice with chicken, potatoes with meat, and various other dishes that contain veggies, and meat, if it is desired. And finally, a dessert is served, which can be a cake or some fresh fruits. But, for many people that are working and have a busy schedule, a sandwich, salad, or just a main course served at the local cafeteria, restaurant, or fast food, will suffice for lunch.

Snacks

Concerning snacks, there are plenty to choose from. You can see a lot of stalls in Romania that sell bagels, which can be simple with salt, sesame, or poppy seeds, or they can be sweet, having a filling of apple jam, sour cherry jam, chocolate, vanilla, and so on. Many people like some yogurt with their bagels, so you will see the two being sold together. Also, many types of pastry products are consumed as snacks as well, and they can be salty or sweet, having various toppings or fillings. You may also find a type of flat bread, which is commonly known as placinta, simple or filled with cheese, potatoes, cabbage, or spinach, prepared either through deep frying or baking in the oven.
 
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Dinner

Dinner is very similar with lunch, although soup is not usually served, and foods like mayonnaise or eggs are avoided, as they are considered to slow down digestion at such a late hour during the day. Again, a main course is served, consisting in a dish that can be vegetarian, or a dish that contains meat with vegetables, rice, or potatoes, the evening being ended with a dessert, and some wine, beer, or soft drink.

Desserts

Desserts can be found in various shapes and forms in Romania, everything from the simple crepes, a very popular dessert, filled with whatever your heart desires, to doughnuts, cakes, puddings, tarts, and pies. Romanians love to eat and they will always appreciate something sweet, so they won’t wait for a special celebration to prepare a dessert. Apple pies, or pies filled with sweet cheese, cream, and raisins, are popular deserts. Also, traditional desserts include a large variety of cakes with fruits, chocolate, and diverse creams.

Drinks

As mentioned before, coffee and tea are quite popular drinks during the day, including fruit juices and smoothies, and soft drinks. In the evening or the weekend, Romanians like to drink beer, many varieties being produced in the country, especially if the weather is warm. But they also consume wine, as there are several famous wine yards in the country. And, there is also a traditional distilled beverage that is called tuica or palinca, which is similar with vodka, but much stronger, as it is usually distilled twice.

Holiday Menu

 

Christmas

The Christmas dinner has very many dishes, the pork, chicken, or even turkey roast, is a must-have. The roast is served with mash potatoes, or sautéed vegetables. Boeuf salad is often prepared, being a salad that contains boiled potatoes, carrots, parsley roots, peas, pickled cucumbers, chicken, and mayonnaise. Roasted eggplants salad with mayonnaise, and spawn salad can also be present. As dessert, the traditional cozonac is always present, being treat that resembles a braid bread, filled with ground walnuts, cocoa, sugar, and even Turkish delight.

Easter

For Easter, Romanians like to prepared lamb roast, although chicken, turkey, and pork is also prepared. Lamb stuffing and soup can also be served during with time of the year, together with dishes made with eggs. Pasca, which is a type of sweet bread, is consumed as a side dish, or it can be filled with sweet cheese and raisings, and eaten as dessert. Painted and colored boiled eggs with also be on the Easter table.
 
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Most Popular Dishes

Mamaliga – known internationally as polenta, this is a traditional staple food made out of maize, served most often with salty cheese, sour cream, and sausages or jumari, which are small bits of pork that were fried until the fat melted;
Mici – these are similar to meatballs, although they have a longer finger-like shape, and are prepared on the grilled, being served with bread, mustard, and French fries, optionally;
Sarmale – these are cabbage rolls stuffed with meat, beef, chicken or pork, rice, carrots, and onions, and backed for hours in the oven, surrounded by shredded cabbage leaves and ham;
Fasole cu ciolan – this is a very popular bean stew, which usually contains smoked pork meat, onions, carrots, tomato juice, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper.

Most Used Ingredients

Meat / Fish: chicken, pork, beef, trout, bass, various other fish;
Veggies: potato, tomato, onion, garlic, pepper, squash, eggplant;
Fruits: apples, pears, cherries, plums, berries, apricots, watermelon;
Other: corn, rice, wheat, beans;

Romanian Street Food – What to eat when traveling to Romania

Are you feeling hungry while traveling through Romania? Most likely you will find a place where you can enjoy mici, with bread rolls and mustard. Bagels are also very popular, being made and served in various manners, depending on your preferences. Deep fried flat bread, simple or filled, and doughnuts, are other types of street foods to be enjoyed anywhere.

 

If you feel a flavor of vanilla and cinnamon in the air, there is probably a kurtos kalacs stalls somewhere around, which is a type of sweet pastry product of Hungarian provenience. But, you will easily find kebabs and shaorma, at many street food stalls, a proof of Turkish influences, together with burgers, an eating habit imported from the west.

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4 Most Popular Romanian Dishes

 

Bulgarian Cuisine – Food of Bulgaria Facts and History

Bulgarian cooking is a delegate of the food of Southeastern Europe. Bulgarian food imparts various dishes to the Russian, Italian, Greek cooking and even Middle Eastern cooking styles.

Bulgarian Cuisine History and Facts 

The assortment in Bulgarian food depends on the long history of the nation, and in addition on the enduring movements of the tribes that established Bulgaria over 1300 years back.

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The nearby contact with Turkey and Greece have helped the Country shape an extremely appealing and to some degree extraordinary national food, including a few dishes which can’t be called national yet which are normal of Bulgaria as it were.

What’s more, that is something that Bulgarians miss most when are abroad and something that make them return. They can’t imagine a world without bozha, banitsa, kebabcheta, Shopska salata, sarmi or any of the things that they won’t be able to eat in any other country.

Bulgarian Cuisine Menus

 

Breakfast

Princesses: Sandwiches with eggs and white cheddar or with minced meat is a popular Bulgarian breakfast.
Popara: Bulgarian children love it! It’s made with a glass of warm water (or tea), 2 hacked cuts of bread & Bulgarian white cheese.
Banichka and Boza: Banitsa belongs to conventional Bulgarian cuisine arranged by layering a blend of whisked eggs and bits of cheddar between filo cake and afterward preparing it in a broiler. Boza is a beverage with thick consistency and a low liquor content, it has a sweet flavor.
Fried bread cuts (or french toasts) with hand crafted confiture or feta cheddar: is an adored Bulgarian threat and every one of the children cherish it. It’s essentially similar to a French toast.

Other famous breakfasts dishes are flapjacks, buhtas (squanders), mekitsas (fricasseed mixture pieces), and browned bread cuts. All of these are particularly delicious when served with jam, marmalade, honey or Bulgarian yogurt.

 

Lunch

 

The most widely recognized dinners are yogurt and white brackish water (feta) cheddar. Different dinners always displayed on Bulgarian tables toward the evening are:
Salad: The most popular Bulgarian plate of mixed greens is the Shopska Salad, you can simply discover it anyplace, at whatever time in the nation.
Grilled dinners: meat balls, kebapches, flame broiled meat pieces, barbecued wieners, and others. Different stews and dishes in mud pots are likewise a standard part of the Bulgaria cooking (hotchpotch and goulashes).
Cheverme – a whole sheep simmered on a spit. One of the trademarks of the Bulgarian cuisines.
Another prevalent delicacy is the Banski Starets (the “Bansko Old Man”). As the name recommends, it is served in Bansko. In Elena and the area known as the Elena Balkans, a specialty is the Elena Pork Leg, arranged with salted pork.
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Dinner

 

Shopska Salad: Shopska serving of mixed greens is the plate of mixed greens that characterizes Bulgaria. Shopska serving of mixed greens is produced using cleaved tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers sprinkled with Bulgarian white cheddar.
Kebapche: A meatball made of minced meat and flavors and formed like a hotdog. Same as the kyufte, however does not contain onions. It must be flame broiled.
Meshana Skara: Another Bulgarian exemplary feast – meshana skara (or blended barbecue in English) comprises of one kebapche, one kyufte, one pork steak and one stick of pork meat.
Moussaka: One of the few Bulgarian nourishments befuddled in the West to be Greek. Moussaka is made with potatoes, ground meat, and tomatoes then it is finished with a white sauce and heated.
Sarmi: Another Bulgarian dish confused for its Greek cousin. Sarmi, or Dolmas, are made of grape or cabbage leaves loaded down with mix of rice and minced meat.
Stuffed Peppers: Very delightful supper, made up of green or red peppers loaded down with ground meat or pork and rice and bubbled.

 

Bulgarian Drinks

 

Rakia: Hard alcohol from the brandy family. It is produced using aged grapes, plums, or for all intents and purposes any organic product with sugars in it.
Boza: Increasingly popular across Europe and the world for its demonstrated qualities for enlarging ladies’ bosoms, boza is a standout amongst the most run of the mill Bulgarian soda pops.
Ayran: Made out of yogurt and water, ayran is plan from water blended with salt.
Mineral Water: Mineral water is tremendous in Bulgaria. It’s less expensive to purchase a container of mineral water than a jug of customary filtered water. It’s more advantageous as well.
Beer: Bulgarian beer contains all things neede in a beer, 10% liquor, the majority of other brew stops at 5.5%.
Wine: It is a generally accepted fact that the Bulgarian wines are one of the best wines on the planet. Bulgaria is known to be the second biggest exporter of packaged wine in the world, second just to France.

 

Bulgarian Snacks

 

Mekitsas with feta cheddar and ayran: is made of manipulated batter that is pan fried. It is a chilly yogurt refreshment blended with salt.
Lukanka: is the Bulgarian cousin of the Italian sopresatta. Fundamentally it is a zesty hotdog made of minced meat curried with a considerable measure of delightful flavors.
Kyufte: Again, a meatball made of minced meat and flavors formed like a meatball slapped with a spatula.
The Bulgarian snacks change in particular. The run of the mill Bulgarian pie called banitsa can be served as a nibble. Another imperative Bulgarian nibble is pita, which is like the bread and is utilized for sandwiches.

 

Bulgarian Dessert-Sweets

 

Kadaifi: is a sweet cake, much like baklava yet in some ways so much better.
Violetki: Classic Bulgarian hard confection desserts with violet flavor.
Baklava: Baklava is not a conventional Bulgarian treat but rather is unquestionably a standout among the most loved ones.
Tulumba: is one of the exemplary Bulgarian desserts. In spite of the fact that not totally Bulgarian by birthplace, it is profoundly established in Bulgaria .
Classic lokoum: it is more known as Turkish joy. It is initially a Turkish sweet yet has been generally received by Bulgarians.
Amphora pralines are extremely well known in Bulgaria and have a particular bergamot taste.
Chernomoretz pralines are the most Bulgarian chocolates accessible available. They have been made in the same design subsequent to 1969.
Chocolates pralines: These pralines are made of to a great degree fine drain chocolate and are a definitive joy.
Others desserts accessible in Bulgaria are Tahan Halva, Baklava,Classic Bulgarian hard confection desserts with herbs, Hard Candy Lukcheta With Honey, Violet Hard Candy Sweets, Hard Candy Lukcheta With Herbs, Hard Candy Lukcheta With Eucalyptus and a large group of others.

 

Holidays Menu

 

Christmas

On Christmas Day, Bulgarian dinners for families includes pork, wieners, poultry and all the more playing an important part.
Bean soup or another vegetable soup like pea or lentil which the feel the coming year will be rich, copious and well off. Tradition holds that the more dishes on the table, the wealthier the following harvest will be.

Easter

Roasted sheep with the customary rice and flavors stuffing. The conventional Bulgarian Easter table is rich in taste, fragrance and imagery. Diverse formulas and designs have included throughout the year’s hues and fragrances to our people traditions and conventions, identified with bubbly cooking. It is, obviously taking into account colored and brightened Easter eggs.

Spring green serving of mixed greens is additionally commonplace for the bubbly Easter table. Lettuce, radishes, spinach, parsley, onion – those are its fixings. “The serving of mixed greens is regularly seasoned with olive oil and lemon and is beautified with hacked hard-bubbled eggs. Obviously lamb is the preferred meal that is like a sort of a sacrifice for the fest.

 

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Some of the Best Restaurants of Bulgaria and their location

 

Rose Restaurant: Located along the primary walker road, Aleko Bogoridi. Rose Restaurant is one of the city’s best combination eateries.
Ethno, Burgas: Ethno Restaurant is Greek fish eatery situated along the energetic Alexandrovska Boulevard.
Brestovitsa Wine House, Plovdiv Owned by Porteva family, this simple, exquisite eatery is the best place to test delectable Bulgarian wines.
Dayana, Plovdiv: With five areas all through Plovdiv, Restaurant Dayana is always a crowd-pleaser.
Leventa Winery and Restaurant, Ruse: Perched high over the focal point of Ruse is the lovely Leventa complex found.
Beso Restaurant, Sofia: For an essence of South Beach in Bulgaria, head to Beso, Sofia’s form of Nikki Beach.
Boom! Burgers N’ Steaks, Sofia: Located on Vitosha Street, and constantly stuffed amid lunchtime.
Restaurant Castela, Stara Zagora: Restaurant Castela sparkles as one of Stara Zagora’s best dynamic feasting venues – perfect for both easygoing snacks and sentimental meals.
Restaurant Uniqato, Stara Zagora: Consistently voted one of the top eateries on Trip Advisor is Hotel Uniqato, a kind of an Italian eatery and pizzeria.
Horizont Restaurant, Varna: If you need to direct far from the conventional, you should attempt Horizont; Known for hosting illustrious themed parties throughout the year,
Mehana Chuchura, Varna: Situated in a quant nineteenth century Bulgarian house, Mehana Chuchura is one of Varna’s last-surviving authentic homes.
Korona Restaurant, Balchik: Located inside the royal residence mind boggling, beside the Bridge of Sighs.
Shtastliveca Restaurant, Veliko Tarnovo: With different areas and has a flawless notoriety for being one of the best eateries in Bulgaria.

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Macedonian Cuisine – How is Food in Macedonia

Macedonian cuisine is a delicious mix of many different influences. It is primarily Mediterranean with influences from the Balkan countries and from Middle East.

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The country has a very nice warm climate, which provides excellent conditions for growing tasty vegetables, fruits and herbs. Macedonian cuisine is very diverse and people that visit Macedonia are delighted of the rich tastes and flavors. Dairy products, local beverages and wines also play a major role in the food culture.

Macedonia has eight different regions, and every region has something unique to offer when it comes to food. Those regions are: Skopje (the capital), Vardar, Northeastern, Eastern, Southeastern, Polog, Southwestern and Pelagonia.

Macedonian Cuisine Facts and History

Due to the fact that in its history Macedonia was long time under the Turkish Ottoman rule, there is a strong Turkish influence, particularly in the selection of sweets and desserts. The greatest influence comes from the immediate neighboring countries – Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece.

Macedonia has lots of original foods as well, and has remained loyal to its culinary heritage. Vegetables, fruits, beans and meats always have the main role when it comes to preparation of dishes. In the recent years fish has also been one of the main products, coming from the three natural lakes, several artificial lakes and from many rivers.

The cattle is mostly used for obtaining dairy products, making these products another important element of the cuisine. Lots of traditional dishes have natural, organic elements and the red pepper sauce is one of the top ingredients in the meals.

Macedonian Cuisine Menu

Macedonians like to enjoy their food, and they are typically slow-eaters. You will never feel hungry as the meals are usually rich and with many different things to try.

Breakfast

 

The most popular breakfast food in Macedonia is ‘Burek’. It is a type of pie that it has been made ever since the Ottoman times. It is made from several layers of dough, and each of the layers is filled with fillings. Dough layers and fillings are placed in a circular pan and then baked.

Fillings are usually white cheese, spinach or stewed ground meat with onions. Those are traditional fillings, but today there are also some modern burek variants such as with chicken or pizza fillings. After the pie is baked it is cut in four quarterly pieces, and usually eaten together with a liquid yoghurt drink.

‘Simit-pogaca’ is another traditional breakfast food, very popular in the capital Skopje. It is type of bun-sandwich, made of bread bun and greasy layers of pie, but without any fillings like in burek. It reminds of burek, but it is mostly bread filled with bread. It may sound a bit strange, but as soon as you taste it, you will get the idea why it is so popular food for breakfast.

Lunch

 

Lunch meals are usually centered on soups, meat and vegetable stews, as well as pieces of meat in combination with different veggies and salads. There are many combinations of meat and vegetables, and rice and beans are also some of the essential types of food eaten for lunch.

Snacks

Macedonians like to eat and serve different snacks between meals. One always present ingredient for snacks between meals is the cheese. Some snacks that Macedonians usually eat include Cottage Cheese with spinach and Cheese Pastry Turnovers. There are also plenty of types of breads that come in all tastes, forms and shapes which are usually consumed as snacks.

Dinner

Due to the fact that lunch meals in Macedonia are pretty big, many people skip eating dinner. Also many people combine lunches and dinners together and eat one big meal late in the afternoon. Usually dinners involve light dishes, mostly baked products, pastry, salads or pasta combinations.

Desserts

Traditional desserts are prepared by using variety of fruits that grow in the country. There are also many desserts that are widely produced and popular in the country, but are also popular in all countries on the Balkan Peninsula. For example, ‘Baklava’ is such sweet dessert popular everywhere on the Balkan. Some traditional desserts are ‘Tulumbi’, ‘Oblanda rolls’, ‘Macedonian Halva’, ‘Ekleri’, ‘Vanilici’, ‘Sutlijach’ and lots of different fruit marmalades.

Drinks

 

Turkish coffee is widely consumed non-alcoholic drink, while the most traditional and authentic local drinks are ‘Rakija’ and ‘Mastika’. Both alcoholic drinks have unique strong taste and are made of plums and grapes. Macedonia also has lots of vineyards and produces many great authentic wines. Most popular varietals are the red “Vranec” and white “Smederevka”, both widely consumed.

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Holiday Menus

Christmas

Traditionally, Christmas Eve dinner is meat-free. Christmas Eve dinner is the last day of the 40-day holiday fasting, so the devoted Christians abstain from eating meat. On Christmas Day, however, meat is back on the table and on this day people usually eat pork, veal or chicken, as well as ‘Sarma’ (cabbage leaves filled with rice and meat) and many vegetarian pies.

Easter

Lamb dishes are traditional for Easter, as well as fish and salads.

Most Popular Dishes

Tavche Gravche – This is a national dish of Macedonia. Boiled beans with tomatoes, peppers, onions and spices.
Ajvar – relish made of red peppers, garlic, chilly, eggplant and oil. It is usually homemade at the beginning of autumn season.
Shopska Salata – Rich salad made of diced cucumbers, onions, tomatoes and cheese. It is served as a side dish to every meal.
Sarma – minced meat like pork or beef with added onions, rice, herbs and spices rolled in cabbage leaves.
Selsko meso – traditional dish made of different kinds of meat such as beef, pork or lamb, mixed together with mushrooms and slowly cooked in earthenware pot.

Most Used Ingredients

Pork meat and Ohrid Lake Trout are the most popular types of meat/fish. There is an abundance of vegetables and fruits in the country, so all kinds of veggies and fruits are sold and consumed in large quantities. Most of the herbs and spices are collected from the wide countryside and local mountains, and the spices and herbs are famous for their distinct scent and taste.

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Traveling Foodie – What to eat when you travel to Macedonia

Street Food

Street carts that sell ‘gjevrek’ can be seen on the streets, and that is a popular breakfast food. It is a bagel-like light snack.

Restaurant Food

Macedonia has plenty of Traditional and International restaurants, serving all kinds of dishes. To try a good local food you should visit the restaurants that are commonly known as “Kafana”. These restaurants serve all kinds of meat and traditional local dishes.

 

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Elena Ivanova

Serbian Cuisine – Learn About Food in Serbia

Serbian Cuisine – History and Facts

 

Serbia is a small country in the central Balkans. However, the significance of this country has been vast throughout the centuries. Serbia has always been on the crossroads of the East and the West, occupied by Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, thus its heritage consists of elements of both cultures .

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The same is with Serbian cuisine. Being situated in the Balkans, Serbian cuisine is very similar to the cuisine of the rest of the Balkan countries. Travelers who come to Serbia instantly fall in love with the food. They also like the fact that portions are big and very reasonably priced!

Serbian people love food, all kinds and shapes of it. If you come to Serbia and decide to try some local dish in a local restaurant, you won’t be disappointed – Serbs serve big portions for both themselves and guests. They are very hospitable and it is very likely that you will enjoy your stay and food.

Serbian Cuisine Menu

 

Serbian cuisine is wide known for abundance of meat, variety of cheese, pastries and various vegetable dishes, both fresh and cooked.

Appetizers in restaurants include Meze (smoked meat, sausages, čvarci (pork rinds), pečenica, prosciutto cheese, etc.) and pastry, followed by various kinds of soups (chicken, beef, vegetables).

Generally, Serbs are all about meat, so barbecue is main course in most of the restaurants across the country. It is served with fried potatoes, vegetables and salads. Serbia is also rich in rivers, so fish is another important thing you will find on their menu. Choice of fish is wide and definitely shouldn’t be skipped. There are also both tasty and healthy fish soup. Pickled foods are very popular in Serbia, and more importantly, they are homemade. Serbs also enjoy drinking alcoholic drinks, which go well with their heavy dishes.

Breakfast

Serbs usually wake up early, have a cup of coffee (sometimes tea) and enjoy a heavy and tasty breakfast before starting their working day.

The most common breakfast in Serbia looks like this: Kajgana (scrambled eggs), bread, smoked meat/ sausage or bacon, yogurt (Serbian type of yogurt), kajmak (type of cheese)

When women have time, they often make various kinds of pastries for breakfast – pita (with cheese, potatoes, minced meat, mushrooms, etc.), burek (with cheese or minced meat), and all of that is served with yogurt. The taste of hot, fresh and homemade pita is unforgettable.

Serbian breakfast can also be sweet and a bit lighter. It consists of, for example, bread with butter and jam or honey that goes with a glass of milk, or sweet pastry.

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Lunch

Lunch is normally eaten after work; families come home and gather around the table. Sometimes it seems like no lunch in Serbia goes without meat. Lunch usually starts with soup and finishes with meat and vegetables. But sometimes, they simply have cooked vegetables for lunch, like beans, which is one of the favorite dishes among Serbs, green beans, peas, that go with salad made of pickled or fresh vegetables, depending on the time of the year. But steaks and sausages can also be found in these cooked dishes. If you are invited for more special lunch, the main course will probably be barbecue – variety of meat including pljeskavica, ćevapi, sausages, chicken fillets, etc. It all seems simple and nothing special, but the taste of it is like nothing you’ve tried before. It tastes like real meat.

Snacks

Snacks are not very popular in Serbia. You have so much for lunch that you practically don’t need any snacks. They often include something sweet, fruits, nuts, or some pastry.

Dinner

Dinner in Serbia is the least important meal of the day, sometimes they even skip it. It resembles breakfast, but portions are smaller. Serbs often eat eggs for dinner, sandwiches, or pastry. One of the most famous Serbian (and Balkan) homemade pastries is Proja (cornbread), which is often served for both breakfast and dinner. They also adore pancakes for dinner with homemade jam, walnuts and honey or simply with sugar. Whatever the meal and time of the day is, Serbs know how to enjoy their meals and food.

Desserts

Most of the Serbian desserts are of Turkish or Hungarian origin, but the origin isn’t so important after all, what matters is the taste, and Serbian sweets are as tasty as their other dishes. There is Vasa’s Torte, a cake rich in chocolate and nuts, Slatko (fruits in jelly), which is usually served to guests or in the morning with coffee, Bundevara (pumpkin pie) and other sweet pies, baklava (Turkish pastry with chopped nuts and sweetened syrup), Palačinke (type of pancakes), etc.

Drinks

Alcohol is very popular in the Balkans, and Serbia is no exception. Serbia is famous for its national drink called Slivovitz (Šljivovica – type of plum rakija (brandy). Rakija can be made of various fruits – apricots, grape, pears, etc. and is made after the fruit used. Rakija is equivalent to Western whiskey.

Another popular alcoholic drink is beer. They drink beer everywhere and at any time. They mostly drink beer produced in Serbian breweries, which is cheaper, and doesn’t taste bad.

Serbia has very good grape and various sorts of high-quality wine, but Serbs simply don’t have the habit of drinking wine every day. And maybe it’s because of the price too.

When it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, the most popular drink is kafa (coffee), which is prepared without milk and sugar and has a very strong taste. The quality of fruit in Serbia is very high, so there are many tasty juices to try.

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Holiday Menus:

 

Christmas

Christmas in Serbia is one of the two most important holidays. It is the time of the year when every Serbian family is gathered and enjoys. As Serbs eat a lot throughout the whole year, you can imagine their holiday menu. Typical
Serbian Christmas table looks like this:
Candle
Wine
Žito (wheat)
Česnica (type of bread with a coin it)
Soup
Meze
Pork roast
and many side dishes, salads, etc.

Easter

Easter is the  most important holiday. It is also considered the happiest holiday. Easter menu is very similar to Christmas menu, only there are died eggs on the table  along with mandatory lamb.

Most popular dishes in Serbia:

 

Sarma (sauerkraut stuffed with minced meat, or even walnuts and rice)
Roštilj (barbeque)
Proja (cornbread)
Various kinds of pies – with gibanica being the speciality
Cooked and baked beans
Pečenje (roasted meat – pork, lamb)
Bečka šnicla (Schnitzel) – meat coated in bread crumbs and fried
Punjena paprika (stuffed peppers)
Burek (baked phyllo with minced meat, cheese or mushrooms)
Ajvar (bread spread made of bell peppers, garlic, chili pepper and eggplant). it can also be served as salad)
Palačinke (crepe -like type of pancakes)

Most used ingredients

Most used ingredients in Serbian dishes are meat, onion, paprika, red pepper, pepper, salt, flour, oil, parsley, celery, milk, bread crumbs, cheese…

Serbs really do enjoy eating meat and fish is somewhat underrated in Serbia, even though it is a country rich in rivers. But if you ask an average Serb to choose between fish and meat, he would probably choose meat. Fish in Serbia is more expensive than meat and they eat it mostly at special occasions.

Everything in Serbia tastes so great, especially fruits and vegetables. It’s because of the climate and fertile land.
Vegetables that are used in everyday cuisine are beans, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, carrot, celery, cabbage
Serbia is famous for its apples too. There are many kinds of apples and other fruits that are exported. But every fruit in Serbia is yummy. So, the first fruit on the list of every Serb are apples, plums, pears, sour cherries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries

Traveling Foodie – What to eat when you travel to Serbia

 

As mentioned above, roštilj (barbecue) shouldn’t be skipped, smoked meat, cheese and all dairy products, pastries (burek, proja, pies) and, of course, sweets.

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Street food

Street food is very popular in Serbia. Streets of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, are rich in bakeries, places to try pljeskavica (and other barbecue), and places that serve international food (Chinese, Thai, Greek and Turkish). Whatever you decide to try in Serbia, you won’t be disappointed, since you will get amazing quality at a price lower than almost anywhere in Europe.

Restaurant food

There are many types of restaurants in Serbia that serve both international and Serbian food, but it’s best to go for a smaller typical Serbian restaurant somewhere in the heart of Old Town of Belgrade, or south of Serbia if you are not limited to Belgrade only. Maybe Zlatibor (mountain resort). There you can get the best of Serbian cuisine.

 

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Are you from Serbia? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Serbian ethnic food.

 

Milica Konstantinov