One Greek One Serbian

I’m talking about food! 🙂

One of my favorite Greek recipes is for a delicious cheese in olive oil. It’s simple and fast to make, you could store it in the fridge and use it in so many ways.

There are many ways to make this, but here is what I used:

Pepper, garlic, onion, bay leaf, chili peppers, and of course cheese. It’s important that the cheese is not soft, but I think Feta could work well too. I have here cow cheese. Goat cheese is the best. 🙂

Cheese in olive oil

Simply cut the cheese in cubes, layer them in a jar with everything else in between, and pour olive oil to cover it well.  Put the lid on and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of days before using it, to let the cheese soak up all those lovely flavors.

Cheese in olive oil

Use it with anything – as a side dish, as an appetizer, in your sandwich, on pizza, on toast… And the best part is that when you eat the cheese, you get the most fantastic salad dressing ever! Try making different combinations – with herbs, with olives, etc.

The other dish, the most famous Serbian one, is “Prebranac”. People from all over the world who came to Serbia and tried it are all in love with this dish. But be prepared, it’s not a light one.  This is perfect for cold Autumn or Winter days when you want your belly warm, full and happy. 🙂

If you want to feed an army, you will need one kilogram of white beans, and at least one kilogram (it’s better to have a bit more) of onions.

First, slice the onions

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And cook the beans

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Put the beans aside and fry the onions in oil (a generous amount of oil is needed, at least one cup), until they are soft.

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Then add 2 or 3 full table spoons of paprika and fry that for a short time, not over a minute,  just to warm up paprika and make it more fragrant. Be careful, if you burn paprika, the dish will taste horrible. Add salt and pepper to taste, having in mind that it will spread onto whole dish.

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Then take a baking dish, grease it, and put half of the drained beans first, then the onions, and finish with the second layer of beans.

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In the photo above you can see the unfinished second layer. Cover it all up with beans, and then take the water that you cooked beans in, and pour until it’s just covering everything.  Then put it in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius (I think it’s about 430 F) and bake until the water is almost completely evaporated. It shouldn’t take long.

You will have an amazing meal!

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And it’s always always served with cabbage salad. Just cabbage with olive oil, apple vinegar, salt and pepper.

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Have a great day! 🙂

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11 thoughts on “One Greek One Serbian

  1. Finally you put up something vegetarian 🙂 I think I can try the Greek one this weekend itself, and the other one in mid November! Procedures are really simple and your pictures are very helpful :!

    You should talk more about local cuisine 🙂 Its intriguing how the same ingredients can be used to make entirely different dishes. Like the colours….

  2. Ooh…yummy! But I’m on a doctors orders diet so cheese and oil is low low low on the list of allowable foods. But once I’m in shape…

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