Serbian cuisine is, hands down, one of the most amazing hidden jewels you could ever stumble upon. We’ve all heard and know about Mexican, Indian, and Italian cuisine, mostly because they can be found in every corner of the world, and no matter where you are – chances are you’ve had the opportunity to try some of the popular meals from three above-mentioned countries.
However, the situation with Serbian cuisine is somewhat different because it’s not nearly as popular and widespread as, for example, Italian cuisine, but it’s an absolute winner as far as taste, and nutritional values go, especially if you’re an avid fan of meat. There are dozens of dishes indigenous to Serbia, and we are going to look into some of the most popular ones that will undoubtedly sweep you off of your feet. If you like how some of our suggestions sound and end up asking yourself, “Are there any good restaurants with Serbian food near me?” – we are the answer!
Top Serbian Foods to Try
While Serbian cooking typically revolves around using a lot of meat, we are going to try and create somewhat of a diverse list so that everyone can find something that fits their diet.
Cevapi, also known as Cevapcici, is one of the most popular Serbian foods because it’s incredibly tasty, easy to make, and quick to grill. In its essence, cevapi is a grilled dish made of minced meat. However, there are so many nuances and ingredients involved in the preparation that it’s pretty hard to simplify this dish and do it justice at the same time.
Cevapi is usually served in a flatbread, also known as lepinja, and it typically goes best with chopped onions and Kajmak cheese. If you’re looking for an authentic taste and a unique experience cevapi is a must-try.
Eaten by royalty and aristocrats in the 18th century, named after the Serbian prince Karadjordje, this dish is something you ought to try at least once in your life. It’s a pretty simple dish, consisting of either rolled chicken or pork stuffed with kajmak cheese and typically served with tartar sauce. Its tender texture, coupled with strong kajmak cheese is a perfect combination of contrasts that will leave you speechless and make you come back for more.
Ajvar is the first food on our list that doesn’t contain meat, and it’s also somewhat of a side dish rather than a meal. However, it blends in perfectly with virtually any meal, thus being one of the most unique “salads” in the world. It’s made of red bell peppers, eggplant, and garlic. While it sounds relatively simple, cooking ajvar is considered an art, and every household in Serbia that makes it has its own unique recipe that is sometimes hundreds of years old.
If you’re looking for a perfect side dish, ajvar is a guaranteed hit.
No list of Serbian food can be considered complete without including ustipci. Ustipci, also known as Miske are doughnut-like fried dough balls typically served with kajmak cheese. It can also be in the form of a dessert with sweet sugar and Nutella. These fluffy, tasty, light balls of dough are a perfect snack at any moment during your day. They can also be a great full meal if you like to keep meat out of your diet.
What is your favorite Serbian meal? How many have you tried? If you want an authentic experience in the middle of Miami, visit us, and we promise you’ll be amazed! If you’d like to read more about food, rakija, and cocktails, read our other articles!