10 Most Tasty Slavic Dishes You Should Try Right Now

Because Babushka makes the best food ever!

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10 most tasty Slavic dishes you should try – Today we will bring you the top 10 most tasty Slavic dishes you just have to try at least once in your life! Leave that Big Mack hamburger from your hands and try actual real (and healthy) food! We will offer you dishes from all Slavic groups (west, south, east) for you to see and once you visit some of these Slavic countries you might just try one of these!

For those of you that are lucky to be Slavic, we are sure you have a grandma that makes most of these tasty meals every time you visit so it might bring some nice memories! We are sure you will love it, so get your tummies ready, saliva glands in control, forks and knifes in attack mode because here we go, enjoy!

1# West & East Slavic Pierogi

Pierogi are a classic Polish (or Varenyky as Russian / Ukrainian) specialty. You can make them with fruit, mashed potatoes, meat or cheese. These have apples in them. Make these on a warm day when you can open your windows and air out the house; unless you like the “fried” aroma. These fluffy goodies are delicious and get devoured quickly.

2# South Slavic Pljeskavica (grilled meat)

Pljeskavica is a classic south Slavic meal which are the masters of heavy grilled meat dishes! You can try these when you visit Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia! You won’t regret it! This however maybe isn’t so healthy, as it’s red meat, but once in a while eating this will make you feel as if you’re in heaven!

3# Pastrmajlija

Pastrmalija is a Macedonian bread pie made from dough and meat. Pastrmalija is usually oval-shaped with sliced meat cubes on top of it. Its name derives from the word pastrma, meaning salted and dried meat of sheep or lamb (cf. pastrami and “pastırma”).

4# Tarator

Tarator is a traditional Balkan dish. Enough with heavy dishes, time for a healthy soup! It is a cold soup (or a liquid salad), popular in the summertime in Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia! It is made of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill, vegetable oil, and water, and is served chilled or even with ice. Local variations may replace yogurt with water and vinegar, omit nuts or dill, or add bread. The cucumbers may on rare occasions be replaced with lettuce or carrots

5# Bryndzové halušky

Bryndzové Halušky  is one of the national dishes in Slovakia but also Czech Republic and even Poland. This hearty meal consists of halušky (boiled lumps of potato dough similar in appearance to gnocchi) and bryndza (a soft sheep cheese), optionally sprinkled with cooked bits of smoked pork fat/bacon! MMM this is very tasty!

6# Sarma

Sarma is a dish of grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat, or a sweet dish of filo dough wrapped around a filling often of various kinds of chopped nuts. It is found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire from the Middle East to the Balkans and Central Europe. It is very popular among south Slavs and even thought it might not look special it really does tase special! It is a traditional winter food that is made as soon as it starts to get cold!

7# Pasztecik szczeciński

Pasztecik szczeciński, pasztecik is a Polish phenomenal food that became very popular thought the whole country! Variety of machine-produced deep-fried yeast dough stuffed with meat or vegeterian filling, served in specialized bars as a fast food, different from Polish home-cuisine dishes, which also are called “pasztecik”. It is a typical dish of Szczecin, Poland, where it was highly popular in the communist times and retains this popularity nowadays, having become a cultural phenomenon of the region.

8# Knedle

A Knedla (pl. knedle) is a fruit-filled dumpling that will make you want more and more. Knedle usually use potato dough and are filled with fruit. For example, knedle made with plums (or other fruit) is a Czech, Polish, Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian sweet dish that is often eaten as a sweet dinner. It’s similar to pierogi above, but unlike pierogi Knedla is just boiled! Again a delicious dish!

9# Salo

Salo is a delicious mindblowing but also traditional Eastern European food consisting of cured slabs of fatback, with or without skin. The word salo is used in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, but the food is commonly eaten and known under different names in other countries across the region. It is usually salted or brine fermented, hence the names slonina/slana/szalonna (solonýna in Ukrainian means any kind of salt-cured meat, such as corned beef). The Eastern European one is sometimes treated with paprika or other condiments, while the Southeast European one is often smoked. You have no idea how good this stuff is!

10# Prekmurska gibanica

Prekmurska gibanica is a type of gibanica or layered cake that is very tast and you will love it. It contains poppy seeds, walnuts, apples, raisins and ricotta fillings. Although native to Prekmurje, it has achieved the status of a national specialty of Slovenia. The unique sweetmeat shows the variety of agriculture in this region. The name gibanica comes from dialectical expression güba and in this case refers to a fold.

There it is! All this dishes are so tasty they will make you want to explore even more on your own! Please if you think we should include into the list some more tasty dishes feel free to leave a comment on what you rightfully think that it should be included on the list!

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