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Traditional Bulgaria and its Cuisine

Traditional Bulgaria and its cuisine are extremely diverse and delicious. It contains a lot of salads, pastas, stews and specific dishes that you can taste only in certain regions of the country. Many dishes are prepared to old recipes passed down from generation to generation for centuries.

The most characteristic products with which traditional Bulgaria and its cuisine are famous all over the world are yogurt and white cheese. Different forms are always present on the Bulgarian table.

Fresh bread and pastry snacks are among the most famous and popular foods in the country, with various fillings - cheese, spinach, rice, meat, etc.
Other popular snacks are pancakes, fritters, cakes, French toast, etc. They are all delicious served with Bulgarian yogurt, honey and jam.

The country produces exceptional tasting vegetables for traditional salads, the most popular Bulgarian salad is Shopska, but there are others that deserve to be tasted - Shepherd, Snow White and Dobroudjan salad with roasted peppers and much more.

One of the most popular summer appetizers is tarator which is a cold soup made from yogurt, cucumber, dill, chopped nuts and spices.

Soups are popular in the country - bean soup with a great mint flavor originates from near Smolyan in the Rhodopes, plus interesting recipes for fish soups in the regions of the Black Sea and the Danube.

Main courses that are popular are grilled dishes including pork, chicken, burgers, sausages, kebabs etc. In traditional Bulgaria and its cuisine various stews and dishes are prepared and cooked in pottery (earthenware dishes and casseroles) - chomlek, kavarma, Kapama (near Bansko) and others.

Another favorite Bulgarian dish is Sarmi - big or small balls of stuffing wrapped in grape leaves or cabbage leaves. They are very popular in the region of Thrace.

One of the trademarks of Bulgarian cuisine is a barbecue - whole lamb roasted on a spit. This dish is typical of the Rhodope Mountains, but also in other parts of the country.

Potatoes are a product that is present in many Bulgarian recipes. The most popular potato dishes are Moussaka, Patatnik (the Rhodopes), potato stew, French fries and more.

In Bulgaria you can try a variety of sausages and meat delicacies, but the strongest traditions are in Gorna Oryahovitsa. In the town of Elena and Elena Balkan you can able taste the so called deer leg made from salted pork.

These dishes are usually eaten with a good wine; Bulgarian wine has a superb taste. This is due to the unique climate and soil characteristic, and some local grape varieties - Gamza (Northern Bulgaria), Melnik Vine (near Melnik and Sandanski) Dimiat (in the regions of Varna, Shumen and Stara Zagora) mavrud (Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, Asenovgrad), Red Muscat (Straldzha and Sungurlare), Rubin (Plovdiv) and Pamid (Pazardzhik and Plovdiv Pamidovo).

Another popular alcoholic beverage in the country is brandy. It is made from grapes or other fruits – plum, figs, pears and more. In the Valley of Roses (Kazanlak and Karlovo) rose brandy is produced from Bulgarian rose oil.

This does not exhaust the richness of Bulgarian dishes and drinks. To explore the culinary magic of the country, you have to explore the entire nation as each region has their traditions and offers a variety of culinary delights in traditional Bulgaria and its cuisine.