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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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Bountiful Bulgarian Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Delectable Balkan Dish Ideas!

By Carla Hale

Released: 2018-08-12
Kindle Edition (73 pages)

Bountiful Bulgarian Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Delectable Balkan Dish Ideas!
 
Product Description:
Have you ever tasted authentic Bulgarian food? It is hearty, tasty and fresh. Can you make their recipes at home? Yes, you can, with this concise cookbook!

Bulgaria is known for the quality of its dairy products and vegetables, and it boasts a wide variety of mild spices. They often use beef and pork in their main meal recipes, although they do have some seafood dishes. They enjoy dishes made with lamb, as well.

Many staple foods in Bulgaria can also be found in Serbia, Turkey and Greece. However, each country, and even each region, has a local flavor that sets it apart from the others. From grilled meats to pastries and salads, you will be amazed at the Bulgarian dishes you can make yourself, at home.

Some of the ingredients in Bulgarian foods are not readily available out of the country, so I have offered local alternatives that will suit you well. Most of the ingredients are not too complicated. Their spices are more difficult to source, but I have described similar spices you can use in your cooking at home.

The chefs and homemakers in Bulgaria have created many nutritious and tasty dishes, which are an integral part of the country’s cuisine. You can enjoy this heritage in your own kitchen. Turn the page and let’s get cooking!

Romanian & Bulgarian Food & Cooking: Over 65 Authentic Recipes From Eastern Europe, With 370 Photographs

By Silvena Johan Lauta

Lorenz Books
Hardcover (128 pages)

Romanian & Bulgarian Food & Cooking: Over 65 Authentic Recipes From Eastern Europe, With 370 Photographs
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Discover the delicious and intriguing cooking of the heart of Eastern Europe, beautifully photographed throughout.

Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy: Vegan Diet Cookbook (Vegan Living and Cooking 1)

By Vesela Tabakova

Vegan Meals Kindle Unlimited Best Sellers 2018
Released: 2014-07-23
Kindle Edition (57 pages)

Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy: Vegan Diet Cookbook (Vegan Living and Cooking 1)
 
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Easy Vegan Recipes for Better Health and Natural Weight Loss


Bestselling cookbook author Vesela Tabakova presents Vegan Bulgarian Recipes to Keep Body and Soul Healthy. Healthy cooking is mostly home cooking and slow cooking. Bulgarian vegan meals are amazing. They are low cost, delicious, and diet friendly.
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.

Ancient Recipes of Bulgaria

By Evdokia Krusteva

Independently published
Paperback (37 pages)

Ancient Recipes of Bulgaria
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This cookbook features nearly two dozen truly ancient recipes of Bulgarian cooking. Some of these dishes are distant relatives to ones found in ancient Roman manuscripts believed to have been compiled in the late 4th or early 5th century AD. Others are among those far before the time of Christ. As Bulgaria is a country of oral history, recipes are typically not written, but passed down from one generation to the next by experiencing the method of preparation. With nearly every dish in Bulgarian cooking comes a story and custom. This cookbook attempts to preserve these century year old stories for many years to come so they can continue to be passed down.

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

By Silvena Johan Lauta

Brand: Anness
Hardcover (128 pages)

The Food & Cooking of Romania & Bulgaria: Ingredients and traditions in over 65 recipes with 300 photographs
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Discover the delicious and intriguing cuisine at the heart of Eastern Europe Cooking by leading cookbook writer Silvena Johan Lauta (also known as Silvena Rowe).

World Kitchen the Balkans: Bulgarian traditional food

By Konstantin Tumpalov

Released: 2017-07-05
Kindle Edition (102 pages)

World Kitchen the Balkans: Bulgarian traditional food
 
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The journey into the tastes of the Balkan people continues with the second book of the series “World kitchen the Balkans”. In this book you will see the traditional food of the Bulgarian people.
Bulgaria is in the dead center of the Balkans and it takes influences from all surrounding countries that we will cover in the future books of this series. The food is unique blend of the Eastern European, Asia Minor, and Mediterranean cuisines.
One thing in advance Bulgaria is the birthplace of the Yoghurt and Bulgarians love their yoghurt. You will see in a lot of the traditional precipices plain yoghurt as an ingredient, side dish or souse. Enjoy this journey into the taste of the Balkan peninsula.

Traditional Bulgarian Cooking

By Silvia Zheleva

Released: 2016-08-05
Kindle Edition (91 pages)

Traditional Bulgarian Cooking
 
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Traditional Bulgarian recipes that are easy to prepare but are incredibly delicious.

72 VEGETARIAN RECIPES from the Bulgarian Kitchen: Traditional Bulgarian Kitchen

By Todor Todorovski

Released: 2017-07-28
Kindle Edition (91 pages)

72 VEGETARIAN RECIPES from the Bulgarian Kitchen: Traditional Bulgarian Kitchen
 
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I've always loved American tv, but when I was a kid I wondered, why do the people on the tv don't eat the meals I do? Do they don't like them? Obviously, the reason was that Bulgaria is just a small country in the Balkans, that no one’s heard about, but I didn’t know that. As I grew up, more and more tourists started visiting and do you know what? THEY LOVE BULGARIAN FOOD! When they come here, they don't want pizza or spaghetti, they want to eat what we eat. They want traditional breakfast and authentic lunch and dinner. I figured, if Bulgarian food is tasty for them, probably many people would like it, but they just don’t have access because our kitchen is not as famous as the French or the Japanese. So, I decided to write a book series on Bulgarian national kitchen. I went to my grandma, who is the best cook I have ever seen, and asked her to tell me the best recipes she knows. In this first book, I’ve put 72 vegetarian (non-vegan, that’s for the next one) salads, soups, main dishes and desserts, traditionally cooked in Bulgaria. My evil plan for you is to fall in love with our food, to tell your friends and they tell their friends, and so on, until everyone in the world is eating Banitsa!

Amazing Bulgarian Cuisine - Vegan Recipes, Book 4 - Main Dishes

By Alexander Markoff

Released: 2014-05-24
Kindle Edition (79 pages)

Amazing Bulgarian Cuisine - Vegan Recipes, Book 4 - Main Dishes
 
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When speaking about Veganism, Bulgaria isn’t the country that usually pops up. But contrary to popular belief, in the cuisine of Bulgaria, there are tons of organic vegan recipes, due to the fact that Bulgarians are Orthodox Christians. And with that they have throughout the whole year a number of fasts, forbidding the consumption of all types of products from animal nature. So you can plainly see that Veganism and the Bulgarian cuisine have a crossing point. In this book you will find 30 traditional recipes for vegan main dishes that will amaze your family and friends.

Bulgarian Recipes: A holiday for the body and soul

By Tsvetana Kirkova

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (76 pages)

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.


 
 
 

 
 
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