This article is from the Bulgaria FAQ, by Dragomir R. Radev firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Some easy typical Bulgarian recipies:
1/2 head lettuce (your favorite type), finely chopped
1 cucumber, cut into two longwise and sliced
2 large tomatos, cut into two and sliced
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 stick selery, sliced
1/2 bunch of each: parsley, dill and mint, finely chopped
Salad dressing, made from 4 tbsp vegetable or olive oil, 4 tbsp lemon juice and
1/2 tsp salt.
Put all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well and serve. Makes 4-6 servings.
COLD YOGURT SOUP (TARRATTOR)
1 lb. plain yogurt
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 peeled and finelly choped cucumber
2 cloves garlic, pound up
4 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp fresh dill
1/2 finelly chopped walnuts (optional)
In a large bowl mix yogurt and water untill smooth. Add all other ingredients,
stir well. Serve. Makes 6-8 servings. In hot summer days you can add 1 cube
ice in each serving bowl.
(Garnish for broiled of barbequed meats)
1 can (8 oz.) Contadina tomato paste
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pound up.
In a medium size bowl mix well all ingredients. Serve. Makes 4-6 servings.
I'm grateful for this recepie to Mrs. Violetta Peev from Oakton, VA.
1 eggplant, baked, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 cup tomato paste
6 italian peppers, baked, peeled, seedless, cut
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 cup wine vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 bunch parsley, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
Put all ingredients in the blender. Mix at high for 2 min. Serve.
LAMB WITH GREEN ONIONS
2 lb. lamb, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
5 bunches of green onions, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups hot water, divided
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp butter (optionally)
Put lamb in wide, but not deep sausepan. Add 1/2 cup hot water and if desired,
butter, cover. Put on the top of range at medium heat for 2 hours. In 1/2 hour
add onions, salt, paprika, black pepper and 1/2 cup hot water, stir. Cook for
another 1/2 hour, add 1/2 cup hot water, stir. Repeat the latter in 1/2 hour,
using the last 1/2 cup hot water. Cover and cook for 1/2 hour. Switch off
the range, let stay for 15 min. Serve warm.
In old times and now every Bulgarian family eats BANITZA on holidays as a
dessert. In the BANITZA, prepared for Christmas, one puts wishes for happy,
healty, and successful year.
12 fillo sheets (leaves)
8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
5 eggs, divided
1 stick butter or margarine or 1/2 stick butter and 1/2 stick margarine
1 1/2 cup Seltzer soda (or other type, but colorless)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (optionally)
Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9X13X1 1/2" pan. In a small bowl put 4 eggs and
feta cheese, mix well. Put the first fillo sheet on the bottom of the pan,
sprinkle with one tbsp melted butter, repeat with 3 more sheets. On the 4th
sheet put 1/2 of the egg-cheese mixture, spread it on the sheet. Order the same
way the next 4 sheets, put the other half of the egg-cheese mixture, cover
with the last 4 fillo sheets.
Cut the BANNITZA into squares with sharp knife. Pour the rest of the butter
on the cuttings. Combine egg and soda, mix well and pour on the top of the
BANNITZA. Bake 20-25 min. or until golden-brown. Take out of the oven,
sprinkle with cold water, cover with paper towel and kitchen fabric towel,
and let stay for 10 min. Serve hot. If desired, before serving sift with
granulated sugar. Makes 12 servings.
You can reheat the BANNITZA in a microwave for 3 min. or in a regular oven
for 10 min. at 375. Serve for breakfast with plain yogurt.
Note. When working with fillo leaves, follow strictly instructions outside
Bulgarian people prepare many vegetarian foods, different pancakes, salads,
Hope you enjoy reading/eating.