There is no doubt that foreigners are always delighted with the food in Belgrade, and locals adore their Serbian cuisine. When the topic of Serbian dishes is raised, it is often heard that most of them are actually Turkish heritage, and this dilemma is best seen when it comes to, for some domestic, and for some Turkish coffee.
However, whether they originated in Serbia or not, it is indisputable that some dishes are very typical of Serbia and its capital, and in a way they symbolize them. In the continuation of the test, find out which dishes belong to the top 5 Serbian dishes.
1 Karadjordj’s steak
Milovan Mica Stojanovic is a guarded Belgrade chef who is responsible for many dishes that are on the menu of Serbian restaurants, and among them, the most popular is certainly Karađorđe’s steak.
This steak was created in 1956 in the Golf restaurant, and in the original version, it was made from kajmak and steak. During heat treatment, kajmak releases calcium and potassium, so it gives the meat special tasty notes and nutritional value.
Today, this steak can be found on the menu of all Serbian restaurants that offer local cuisine. Although Mica Stojanovic recommends that it be made from veal, Karađorđe’s steak with pork or chicken is much more popular. Along with it, you will often get tartar sauce, which goes well with this Serbian specialty.
There are kebabs in Serbia at every step. Both in fast food stores and in traditional Serbian taverns, but also in somewhat more elegant restaurants. Each “end” of Serbia makes kebabs in its own way, and the most popular are Leskovac kebabs, which are characterized by a slightly hotter tasty note.
Restaurants also make their own variations on classic Serbian kebabs, and among them, the restaurant Magaza stands out, which in its offer which you can see here: http://magazabelgrade.com, in the menu section “Serbian corner” has special “Magaza kebabs”, but also great gourmet donuts that you must try!
3 Cheese Cream
Kajmak is a typical product of the Balkans, although it is most often found and produced in Serbia. The mountainous areas of Serbia are especially suitable for the production of quality and delicious cheese cream. Several countries in the world have similar products, but there is only one kajmak!
They are obtained by collecting fat that accumulates on the surface of boiled and cooled milk (cow, sheep, goat, and buffalo), which ferments for several hours (young cream) or days (old cream). The final product has a creamy structure and is excellent for spreading on bread, but also for consumption with many other dishes (such as Karadjordj’s steak).
If we did a survey and asked 10 random people on the street the first association with Serbian cuisine, it is very likely that maybe everyone would answer with “sarma”.
The queen of Serbian dishes is made from cabbage and a mixture of mixed meat and rice. They can be larger or smaller, the only important thing is that they cook long enough and roll well. This is a typical winter dish and goes well with a cabbage salad and a glass of red wine, or beer.
Greases are made from pork fat. They are crispy and delicious, and it is rare that a Serbian home will not have them in the refrigerator in the winter. They have a long history, they are typical for the Balkan area, although many copy their invention to Serbia.
This old snack is a great addition to strong dinners and breakfasts during the winter days. Also, greaves are an integral part of almost every appetizer, especially during the winter days, so they are a great choice for serving as part of an appetizer.
Tobacco greaves are similar to the original ones, but many still point them out as a bigger specialty. They originated in Valjevo two centuries ago, and to this day they have spread to many parts of the world. They can be found in French and English restaurants that serve them as a special specialty, but also throughout Serbia, where they present a traditional dish.
If you haven’t yet, there is no doubt that you will really enjoy these dishes typical of Serbia, and if foreigners come to visit you or ask for a recommendation of a dish, be sure to mention and recommend these five!