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Bulgarian Recipes


People from overseas are not always aware of the foods that Bulgaria has to offer. Bulgarian cuisine is a unique mix of Slavic traditions combined with influences from Greek cuisine and Turkish cuisine.

Popular Bulgarian dishes include:
  • Kiselo Mlyako - Yoghurt

  • Tarator - A cold (often served with ice) soup made from yoghurt, cucumbers, nuts, vegetable oil and water, and flavored with garlic and dill.

  • Shkembe chorba - A soup made from the stomach lining of cattle, mixed with milk, and seasoned with vinegar, garlic, and chili. The soup is sometimes claimed to be a hangover cure.

  • Elenski but - Dry-cured ham from the town of Elena in northern Bulgaria.

  • Soujouk - A spicy sausage made from ground beef. Soujouk is cooked in its own fat (without oil) and sometimes eaten for breakfast.

  • Lukanka - A spicy sausage made from pork or veal, traditionally in a dried cow's intestine, and hung to dry. Once dried, the sausage is pressed to flatten it. Once prepared, the sausage may be covered in a white fungus, which is removed before eating. Lukanka is served cold, cut into finely slices.

  • Shopska salad - A salad made with tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, and either raw or roasted peppers, and then covered with a layer of grated sirene (a salty white cheese that is unique to Bulgaria and Macedonia).

  • Lyutika - A mixture of vegetables (roasted peppers, onions and tomatoes), crushed and flavored with garlic or parsley. Yoghurt, boiled eggs, cooked chicken breasts, or sirene (white salty cheese) are sometimes added to the mixture.

  • Banitsa - A baked pastry with whisked eggs and sirene (white salty cheese).

  • Popara - Dry bread cooked with tea, milk or water, with butter, a small amount of sugar, and sirene (salty white cheese) or kajmak (similar to clotted cream).

  • Gyuvetch - A casserole made using beef, peppers, onions, aubergine, okra and tomatoes.

  • Sarma - A leaf-roll filled with minced meat, onions and rice.

    Sarma

  • Tsarska turshiya - A mixture of pickled vegetables, containing carrots, cauliflower, celery and red peppers.

  • Selska turshiya - Another mix of pickled vegetables. This one is made using cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, green peppers and green tomatoes.

  • Garash - A walnut cake, frosted with cream and bitter chocolate, then covered with chocolate icing.

    Garash

  • Kozunak - Sweet bread with milk, butter, sugar, eggs, raisins and lemon zest.
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Bulgarian Recipes: A holiday for the body and soul

By Tsvetana Kirkova

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Bulgarian Recipes: A holiday for the body and soul
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Bulgarian Recipes: A Holiday for the Body and Soul was a labor of love and friendship, written during the winter and spring of 2012. It is the story of an American Peace Corps volunteer and her Bulgarian language tutor, told through the food that they shared during their time together. In this book you will find over 70 traditional and modern Bulgarian recipes as well as tips and cultural notes to give you an idea about the beauty of the Bulgarian kitchen. We sincerely hope that you enjoy using this book as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy: Vegan Diet Cookbook (Vegan Living and Cooking)

By Vesela Tabakova

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Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy: Vegan Diet Cookbook (Vegan Living and Cooking)
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Easy Vegan Recipes for Better Health and Natural Weight Loss

From the author of several bestselling cookbooks, Vesela Tabakova, comes a great new collection of delicious, easy to make family recipes.

Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy
contains well known and loved Bulgarian vegan salads, soups, main dishes and desserts. You will learn how to prepare the famous Monastery Style Bean Soup, Lentil Soup, Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Beans or Stuffed Grapevine Leaves, and many other mouthwatering casseroles like Leek Stew, Green Pea Stew, Rice with Leeks and Olives, Zucchinis with Rice.

They are all easy to prepare, tasty and will help you increase your daily intake of vegetables, herbs and vitamins.

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria (Hippocrene International Cookbooks)

By Marina Polvay

Brand: Hippocrene Books
Paperback (380 pages)

All Along the Danube: Recipes from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria (Hippocrene International Cookbooks)
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For novices and gourmets alike, this unique cookbook offers a tantalizing variety of dishes from the shores of the Danube River. Its recipes bring Old World flavor directly into today's kitchen with such cherished favorites as "Weiner Schnitzel," "House Knedliky" (Bread Dumplings), "Hungarian Goulash," "Shrimp Sophya," and "Mititei" (Romanian Sausage). Complete with b/w photos.

From My Grandmother's Kitchen: A Sephardic Cookbook- An exotic blend of Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian & Spanish Cuisines

By Viviane Miner

Brand: Triad Pub Co
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From My Grandmother s Kitchen: A Sephardic Cookbook- An exotic blend of Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian & Spanish Cuisines
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As a young child, Viviane Miner spent many cherished hours in her grandmother's kitchen, absorbing the lively and creative approach to cooking that has been central to her family's way of life for generations. In FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S KITCHEN, she shares her rich and diverse culinary heritage - a cuisine that has evolved over centuries of migration by the Sephardic Jews. This personal collection of family recipes is Balkan Sephardic - an exotic blend of Turkish, Greek, Romanian, and Bulgarian cuisines, with an underlying Spanish influence. The dishes themselves are as fascinating as their names: cheese-filled Bulemas, Pastel Berenjena (eggplant pie), Bourekitas Espinaca, (spinach turnovers), Reyenados Stuff Vegetables, Albondigas Vinaigra (Turkish sour meat balls), Bulgarian Filled Bread, Canella, Halvah, Baklava, melon Cream and Anise Biscotchos. The author introduces her recipes with warm and delightful memories of growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, and with family photographs that conjure up images of a bygone era - of tradition of ceremony, and of a large, gregarious family with close ties to one another and to their past.

The Food & Cooking of Romania & Bulgaria: Ingredients and traditions in over 65 recipes with 300 photographs

By Silvena Johan Lauta

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Cooking Traditions of Bulgaria, Second Edition

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Cooking Traditions of Bulgaria, Second Edition
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Bulgarian cuisine is distinct, yet eclectic at the same time with Mediterranean influence and flavors of its surrounding countries. Bulgaria borders the Black Sea, between Romania and Turkey. Greece is also a neighbor, along with Serbia and Macedonia to the west. This cookbook features 50 personal, but authentic recipes in attempts to further the tradition of keeping alive century old recipes of Bulgarian cuisine. I have tried to keep the recipes as authentic as possible with using American based ingredients and with every dish, dessert or drink there is a story to be told…

Traditional Bulgarian Cooking

By Atanas Slavov

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Cooking Around the World: Romanian, Bulgarian & Balkan

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70 Classic Recipes From Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia & Slovenia: Delicious, Authentic, Traditional Dishes From An Undiscovered Cuisine, Shown In 270 Photographs

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Tempting recipes explore the best of Eastern European cooking from Pork Schintzel and Veal Escalopes to Torte Varadzan, all clearly explained in step-by-step pictures.


 
 
 

 
 
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