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Bulgarian Food Recipes

Bulgarian food recipes have been influenced during a 500 year period of invading forces from Turkey, Greece, Italy, Austro-Hungary, Germany and Russia. The cuisine tends to differ from one area of Bulgaria to another as well as being slightly spicier than that of northern European countries.


The Bulgarian cuisine consists of a selection of salads, breads, stews, grilled meats and fish, and vegetable dishes. In most homes the Bulgarian food recipes are family favourites that have been passed down over the centuries and from generation to generation. One of the most famous Bulgarian food products that are well known worldwide is the Bulgarian Yogurt and the white brine feta, Bulgarian cheese. These are almost always on a Bulgarian table in one form or another.

The most common breakfast food eaten in Bulgaria is banitsa, dough that is made with a selection of filings including, feta cheese, spinach, rice, ham and mince. Sweeter bread products are also popular for breakfast such as buhtas (fritters ), mekitsas which are fired pieces of dough, and fried slices of bread that are served with jam, honey, marmalade or yogurt. Pancakes are served both as a breakfast food and also a dessert and in addition savory versions can often be found on the menu as a light snack.

Food is tasty and parsley, either fresh or dried is an herb that is commonly used in a lot of Bulgarian food recipes such as soups, main courses, vegetable preserves and to meat and fish dishes.

Other herbs widely used in recipes are thyme which is added to meat and vegetable dishes, bean stews and sauces, salads and pickles.

Tarragon, savory, mint, dill and lovage which are similar to celery leaves are used in stews, soups, omelets and soups. Summer savory is a very popular herb and known as chubritsa is Bulgaria, and similar to oregano in taste. This is used in tomato sauces, egg, vegetable, pork and beef dishes. Often the dried herb is sprinkled on top of soups and bread.

Chili peppers are a popular flavour to add a sour and bit of spice to a dish, and baked dishes are garnished with a baked chili. Lemon juice and vinegar are used in a lot of Bulgarian food recipes to achieve a sour flavor.

Tasty and popular dishes

Salads are exceptionally tasty and favourites include shopska salad, Shepherd's Salad, Harvest Salad, Snezhanka, Monk's Salad, Dobrudzha Salad, Roasted Peppers Salad, and many others.
Soup is very popular in Bulgaria and eaten all year round. One of the most popular cold summer soup made from yogurt is Tarator (cold Cucumber Soup). Other soups that are served on a daily basis in restaurants and of course made at home are bean soup, fish soup, tripe soup, meatball and chicken soup.

Grilled dishes such as meatballs, kebabche, pork and sausages are well liked and served with salad.

Various cold cuts of dried and cured meats are part of the Bulgarian cuisine and delicacies.

A winter warmer are the Bulgarian stews that can be either meat or vegetable and known locally as Kavarma, Chomlek and Hotchpotch. Served in traditional clay pots are delicious.

Roasting a whole lamb (Cheverme) or a pig for special occasions such as Easter and Christmas are typical in many regions of the country.

Vegetable and lentils are a big part of the Bulgarian diet. Mince and rice wrapped in cabbage or vines leaves is a favourite. Potato dishes such as Ogreten (au gratin), potato stew, and fried potatoes and are common in Bulgaria.

The best way to discover the delicious cuisine is to visit Bulgaria and taste some of the traditional food. Or have a go at making some of the dishes from our Bulgarian food recipes that can be found on Quest Bulgaria.