Serbian food, like Italian, is difficult to dislike. Sure, it has its specialties and delicacies that aren’t for everyone, but those aren’t the main dishes Serbian cuisine is famous for – it is famous for its rich taste and laid back use of ingredients. If you ever happen to visit the country, make a checklist of foodstuffs you absolutely have to try. You won’t regret it, and the memories will last you for a lifetime.
?evapi are Serbian national dish: minced pork or beef meat made into tube shape and then grilled. Best eaten with homemade bread with onion, cabbage and sour cream. Ask your Serbian friends/hosts where good ?evapi spots are.
Ajvar is a relish made of aubergines and bell peppers that are first fried, then peeled and turned into a thick paste while adding spices. Ajvar is generally spread on bread and enjoyed for breakfast.
Prebranac is usually eaten during fast days and is often called 'monastery beans.' Beans are boiled, spices are added (pepper and laurel among others) and then put in an oven to bake for some time, making thick dish rich in taste.
Sarma is a must during celebrations. Rolls of sauerkraut are stuffed with rice and minced meat, then boiled. It is usually eaten together with bread and sour cream. No festive meal is truly complete without a good sarma.
Šopska salata is one of the most popular Serbian salads. It is made of bell peppers, red tomatoes, cucumbers, ground white cheese and parsley. The variant without cheese that even vegans can enjoy is called “Serbian salad” (srpska salata).
Pita is a Serbian dish consisting of dough and different fillings. Serbs have two main types of dough: rolled and phyllo (which itself can be rolled or layered), with many ingredients (such as cheese, mushrooms, minced meat, apples, sour cherries etc.) being used in different combinations with different types dough.
Popara is a breakfast dish made from stale bread, which is cut in cubes and boiled for very short time in milk or water. Salt, kajmak and cottage cheese are added and everything is simmered. Popara is the ultimate comfort food that was once considered hunger food.
Burek is a fast food dish available in many Serbian bakeries, made in a round pan with layers of flaky dough studded with different fillings, similar to pita. However, burek is much higher in fat content, and that is why it is generally eaten for breakfast.
So there you have it folks. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive; Serbia, and the entire Balkan region, is rich in history and therefore in cuisine. Serbia isn’t an expensive country to dwell in, but getting there may turn into a pricey endeavor. However, with a bit of saving (with your bank), with a little extra work (at your job) or with a little stroke of luck (as can be provided by vegaswinner casino online, for example) even you can enjoy the Serbian variant of Balkan’s cultural heritage. So don’t wait up – go there and see (and taste) it for yourself! It will be one of the best decisions you have ever made!