Bulgarian cuisine — its features, recipes for cooking traditional national dishes with photos
Bulgarian cuisine or national cuisine of Bulgaria she was able to preserve her originality, despite the influence of her charismatic culinary neighbors. Although, of course, they left some imprint, as can be seen by examining the menu of any Bulgarian restaurant or cafe.
The peculiarity of the traditional Bulgarian cuisine is the generous use of vegetables in the preparation of various dishes, as well as cheeses and a variety of dairy products. That is what caused such a large variety of salads. By the way, this category of dishes is best known for Shopsky salad or, as the Bulgarians call it, Shopska salad. It represents a mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, fresh herbs and cheese, seasoned with olive or any other vegetable oil. And although the dish seems incredibly simple, it does not affect the taste of its qualities!
In addition to salads in traditional Bulgarian cuisine, various soups are common. So, for example, on a hot summer day, no Bulgarian will refuse a refreshing soup called a tarator. It is always served cold, and its main components are sour milk or unsweetened yogurt (necessarily fat) and cucumbers, which are complemented by greens, garlic, walnuts and olive oil. Tarator is eaten either before the second course, or in parallel with it, as a kind of drink. Also quite famous first dish is chorba. This is a thick soup, the liquid part of which is kvass. The meat component is lamb or beef or chicken. Chorba soup also contains vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, leeks, dill, parsley, tarragon), which are added fresh, not fried in any way! Also, this Bulgarian soup may include the following products: potatoes, beans, sweet peppers, cabbage, rice. By the way, besides Bulgaria itself, the dish enjoys unchanged popularity in Turkey, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova and Romania.
The best-known national dishes of Bulgaria include, for example, kavarma (lamb baked with vegetables and spices), kebabs (stews, pork or lamb, with hot spices), pasturma or basturma (dried meat with spices), moussaka (meat minced meat baked with slices of eggplants and potatoes and filled with milk-egg mixture). You can continue this list for a long time, but it is better to study the photo recipes of our site, and having found the dish you like, cook it and please yourself and your family!
Bulgarians and all kinds of desserts, as well as pastries are very fond of. For example, in any restaurant or cafe the waiter will offer you to try banitsa. Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian cake made from yeast-free puff pastry with a variety of beginnings, most often it is cheese or cottage cheese.
In general, we can conclude that the Bulgarian traditional cuisine is very diverse, and therefore among the gourmets, it occupies one of the leading places. In cooking, by the way, it is completely simple and uncomplicated, as you can be sure of thanks to those recipes with photos that are shown here!