I decided to combine my foodie highlights for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Croatia into one post, because the three countries share many dishes in common (as they were all once a part of the former Yugoslavia) and I didn’t have enough food pics to make individual posts (as is often the case). I also realize that this post uses the word “Balkans” which includes many other surrounding countries, but unfortunately, I did not get the chance to visit those.
So, if you like meat, then the Balkans were meant for you. All meals are very focused on meat, with little to no attention paid towards vegetables (except potatoes). That being said, their meat dishes are excellent, especially the famous cevapi.
Cevapi can be found in many of the Balkan countries, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is basically ground meat (usually beef) shaped like small sausages and charcoal grilled. It is usually served with some type of flat bread and raw diced onions and sometimes ajvar (a spicy red pepper spread). Very yummy!
On our first night together in Belgrade, Liz and I ordered the meat platter at the famous Kafana Question Mark restaurant. The platter was huuuuuge – we definitely weren’t able to finish it. It was interesting to try out all of the different grilled meats and cuts they had and their Balkan feta cheese.
One of my all-time favorite Balkan dishes is pita. Luckily for me, I’ve had the pleasure of eating some on numerous occasions, courtesy of Jela (Liz’s mom). There are two main kinds, one with potatoes and minced meat inside and another with potatoes and cheese inside. Whenever I get the chance to eat pita, I can easily eat 5 or 6 (on top of everything else that is prepared) – they are that good.
I know I said Balkan cuisine wasn’t big on vegetables, but they do make excellent stuffed vegetables, like these stuffed onions, peppers and cigars aux choux that I had in Sarajevo. Guess what they are stuffed with though… meat 🙂
In Croatia, I found that the cuisines were more varied than in Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina, which could be for a few reasons: more tourists, Roman occupation or just the fact that I wasn’t with locals and in very touristy cities. In any case, in Croatia, I basically ate Italian food the whole time. Split had the best slices of pizza for a few Euros (sadly, no pics) and I had some of the best pasta ever there too: shrimp ravioli (wow!!!) & shrimp and orecchiette in a creamy white wine sauce (very delicious too). Food prices were definitely higher in Croatia, especially in Hvar (I think I blew $45CAD on one supper there… needless to say I ate a lot of 3 Euro pizza slices afterwards).
UP NEXT: I dunno yet, we’ll see next week lol
*All photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)