Must-try Local Bosnian Food
|Must-try local Bosnian food|
Bosnian food is rich, delicious, and surprisingly inexpensive. Its traditional cuisines are highly influenced by Turkey and the Mediterranean, which is easily noticeable through its grilled meats. Bosnian dishes are generally prepared using many different spices in moderate amounts, and are usually light as they are cooked in a lot of water. Many of its soupy dishes consist of vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and courgette, and are doused with rich, local dairy products such as kajmak and pavlaka.
Must-try Local Bosnian Food
ĆevapiĆevapis are grilled skinless sausages made out of minced meat which are traditionally found in countries located in southeastern Europe. Considered as the national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it comes in variants of beef, lamb, and pork, and is highly similar to the Turkish şiş köfte. Ćevapis are usually served with a flatbread known as somun, accompanied with roughly chopped onions, kajmak, and sour cream.
|Bosnian Ćevapi with onions and kajmak in a somun|
Janjetina na ražnjuJanjetina or “lamb on a spit” is a very tasty treat where whole lambs are cooked on a spit, slowly rotated over open fire for a few hours. Meat is sold by the kilogram.
|Janjetina na ražnju in Bosnia|
Stuffed vegetablesStuffed vegetables are very popular in the Balkans. Examples are Filana Paprika (bell peppers stuffed with minced meat), Sogan-dolma (onions stuffed with minced meat), Sarma (meat and rice rolled in pickled cabbage leaves), Raštika (meat and rice rolled in kale leaves), and Japrak (grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice).
|A combo platter of Filana Paprika, Japrak, and potatoes|
|Bell pepper stuffed with seasoned minced meat and rice|
|Sogan-dolma, or stuffed onions, is considered a specialty in the city of Mostar|
Begova ČorbaBegova Čorba, or Bey's soup, is a Bosnian stew dish originated from the Ottoman empire. It stands out among other soups because of two very important ingredients: okra and flour. The thick stew is cooked slowly on low heat, and is usually served with sour cream.
|Begova Čorba, a traditional Bosnian soup dish|
ĆufteĆuftes are meatballs made from seasoned minced lamb or beef bound with egg and flour. They are usually served with an egg and yogurt sauce.
|Ćufte, or Bosnian meatballs as shown on the right side of the picture|
Klepe sa MesomKlepe sa mesom or minced meat dumplings is my absolute favorite dish in the whole of Balkan, which resembles the Turkish mantis and the Italian raviolis.
|Klepe sa Mesom in Bosnia|
Assorted Grilled Meats
|Pljeskavica (top) and Sudžukice (bottom) served with warm, crispy bread|
Bosanska KahvaAlthough similar in taste and consistency, the Bosnian coffee is prepared slightly differently from its Turkish counterpart. Besides that, Turkish coffee is usually served in a single cup, while the other is served in a džezva on a round iron tray along with a ceramic cup, a glass of water, sugar cubes, and rahat lokum, a type of Bosnian candy.
|Bosanska Kahva is served on an iron tray with a glass of water, sugar cubes and rahat lokum|
SalepSalep is a silky, rich and frothy drink made from a type of nutritious flour extracted from the tubers of the orchid genus Orchis. It is widely consumed in regions that were formerly part of the Ottoman empire. The drink is perfumed with rosewater and garnished with cinnamon for that fragrant, velvety taste, and is served hot.
|Salep in Bosnia|