Friday, 21 Sep 2018

The best Bulgarian food

Have you discovered the delicious world of Bulgarian food? If not, your taste buds are seriously missing out. With creamy white cheeses, crispy fried foods and entrées baked in clay pots, this cozy food will have you dreaming of forested hills and meadows of sheep in no time.

Bulgarian Breakfast

Banitsa

A traditional pie made of white cheese and whisked eggs layered in phyllo dough, Banitsa is a favourite dish throughout Bulgaria. The filling is usually soft sirene cheese and yoghurt, and the dough curves around itself like a spiral. Drizzled with honey, it makes for an indulgent breakfast.

Bulgarian Food - Banitsa

Mekitsa

Mekitsa flatbread is kneaded with yoghurt and deep fried, and typically served hot with jam, fruits, honey, yoghurt, or powdered sugar. Sometimes dubbed “Bulgarian donuts,” serve with strong coffee for a satiating breakfast.

Bulgarian Food - Mekitsa

Gevrek

Gevrek is a Balkan pastry akin to the bagel, known in other countries as simit or Turkish bagel. Crusted in sesame seeds, these crunchy breads are sweet or savoury and found in practically every bakery you’ll come across.

Bulgarian Food - Gevrek

Bulgarian Lunch

Shopska Salad

Don’t leave any Bulgarian table without ordering Shopska Salad. Though a deceivingly simple mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers, the shopska explodes with flavor when topped with soft white Bulgarian sirene cheese.

Bulgarian Food - Shopska Salad

Tarator

This cold cucumber soup is a staple on every Bulgarian menu. Prepared with yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic, walnuts, dill, oil and water, nothing beats tarator on a hot summer day in Veliko Tarnovo. In some restaurants, look out for “Snow white salad,” or a dry version of tarator without water.

Bulgarian Food - Tarator

Kebapche and Kyufte

Kebapche is a Bulgarian variation of the hot dog and makes for a light lunch when served with salad. Blended pork and beef are shaped into a cylinder and then roasted on a grill. Shape the minced meat into a ball, add a dash of cumin, and you get kyufte instead.

Bulgarian Food - Kebapche

Sarmi

Bulgarian Sarmi, known in Greece as Dolmades, are grape leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat and then boiled. Raisins are an occasional pop of flavor added into the mix. Sometimes cabbage leaves are substituted or the meat left out. Either way, don’t forget to dip the rolls into creamy Bulgarian yogurt for a match made in heaven.

Bulgarian Food - Sarmi

Bulgarian Dinner

Shkembe Chorba

Bulgarian Tripe Soup is a hearty soup prepared with the lining of cow stomach. Folk legends say it may just be the ticket to banishing your next hangover from rakia (traditional Bulgarian liquor). It’s best served with a hearty country-style bread and washed down with a beer.

Bulgarian Food - Shkembe Chorba

Meshana skara

Rescue your leftover meat cuts and turn it into Bulgarian mixed grill. This classic dish combines different minced meats, sausages, kebapche and meat patties. Make sure you eat it with ljutenica, a favourite condiment of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onion and garlic.

Bulgarian Food - Meshana Skara

Gyuveché

Bring out your clay pots for this one. This delicious dish is prepared with diced sausage, topped with veggies, cheese and egg–then sealed and baked in a traditional earthenware bowl. What’s more, it’s easily converted into a vegetarian or vegan dish for any creative chef.

Bulgarian Snacks

Past?rma

Bulgarians do love their meat. A popular traditional snack is past?rma, aka basturma, cured beef heavily seasoned and air-dried.

Bulgarian Food - Basturma

Yogurt

Bulgarian yogurt is reputed to be one of the oldest recipes, dating back to 3000 bce. There’s no denying that there’s something special about creamy, delicious Bulgarian yogurt–and we bet it has something to do with its culture, Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Eat it plain or serve with honey, walnuts or jam.

Bulgarian Food - Yogurt

Bulgarian Desserts

Baklava

While similar to its Middle Eastern counterparts, baklava is also a staple in Bulgarian bakeries. Phyllo layers are alternated with walnuts, sugar, lemon juice and butter for a flaky treat served with strong Bulgarian coffee.

Bulgarian Food - Baklava

Kozunak

This sweet, leavened bread is an airy, pillow-soft dessert served during Easter. Bakers often add lemon zest, rum-soaked raisins or walnuts for bursts of flavor. As it requires hours of preparation and kneading effort, best to trust your Sofia bakery with this one.

Bulgarian Food - Kozunak

?: Boris Tassev

Buhti

Yoghurt and dough make a comeback with buhti, another Bulgarian donut. Definitely to be eaten in moderation, buhti is a combination of flour, eggs, sugar, yoghurt and sirene cheese and fried up into delicious puffy bites.

Bulgarian Food - Buhti

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