The Balkan cuisine occupies a wide range of dishes from different countries such as Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, Serbian, and Albanian specialties. This time I present to you some scrumptious traditional dishes from Macedonian cuisine that will make you lick your fingers.
Pastrmaјlija (Macedonian: Пастрмајлија)
Originating in the city of Shtip, pastrmajlija is a type of pie made with meat. It has a long, kind of oval-shaped. The toppings include thinly sliced cubes of meat and whisked eggs. Many locals say the dish represents a Macedonian style pizza. This meal is so popular among the inhabitants of Shtip that every year they organize a festival which they call “Pastrmajlijada.”
Tavche gravche (Macedonian: Тавче гравче)
There is no better way of cooking baked beans than the way Macedonians cook them. The creamy texture, the explosion of flavors, and the enticing smell make the dish irresistible. Natives cook it in a traditional earthenware pot. As a result, the literal translation of tavche gravche is beans in a pot. Most of the time it is served with a slice of toasted bread and white cheese. In the winter people prefer to eat it with pickled vegetables.
Ajvar (Macedonian: Ајвар)
The most representative food of Macedonian cuisine is probably this course. Ajvar doesn’t qualify much as a dish but more as a vegetable spread. Even so, natives still equally enjoy eating it. There are various recipes for ajvar. The most common one includes roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants. Further, it is quite similar to the Romanian zacuscă. In addition, natives often call it zimnica (winter meal) because they prepare it, especially for the winter months. However, many consume this delicious spread in summer as well.
Sarma (Macedonian: Сарма)
Sarma is the ultimate comfort food among Macedonians. The main ingredient is cabbage or grape leaves. Macedonians usually use a mixture of rice and meat as a filling for the leaves. The dish originates from Turkish cuisine and became popular during Macedonia’s occupation by the Ottoman empire.
The Macedonian cuisine is part of a fairly diverse Balkan fare rich with flavorsome and mouth-watering recipes. But what makes them 10 times more delicious and irresistible is their connection to culture and tradition. If you are on a mission to explore cuisines from around the world, the Macedonian one definitely should be on your list.