Bulgarian cuisine - video recipes at home
The very geographical position of Bulgaria at the turn of Europe and Asia has left its mark on the character of the Bulgarian cuisine. It is characterized by a mixture of flavors for the different regions. One of its main features - simultaneous thermal processing of products at low heat. This allows you to save and nutritional properties, and make a pleasant aroma of dishes, and get a special flavor combinations. Condiments are usually added in moderate amounts and their purpose - to shade the basic taste quality dishes.
From lettuce brandy to
A snack you can offer salad in shopski - the national dish. This salad, which is prepared from a mixture of tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, greens, onions, and cheese can be found in almost any menu. In Bulgaria, it is accepted to drink a glass of brandy, which is made from grapes and other fruits, or aniseed mastic.
Among the first dishes dominate meat - beef, pork, lamb and poultry, and meat is often baked. All your menus will meet kebapcheta (kebab), shishcheta (kebab) or kyufteta (meatballs). Long tradition - bring to the table dishes in clay pots so fed, e.g., güveç - stew with potatoes and vegetables or kavarma - dish meat, mushrooms, onions and potatoes.
The number of domestic dishes are and imam bayalda - Eggplant dish with typical Turkish name and Piperkov (pig) Full (Pepper stuffed with minced meat and rice) and moussaka - ragout of minced meat, potatoes and eggs. A snack often served Kashkaval - particular type of cheese. A snack may be Banicza - patties from puff pastry with cheese, which are sold at every step.
and a beer, and wine
The Bulgarian beer will certainly taste connoisseurs. And although the beers here are very different from each other, there are other significant factors. Draft beers can be of better quality than in bottles of the same name. Among the most popular varieties of beer should be made "Zagorka". Do not give way to him "Astika" and "Pleven". But grade "Shumen" and "Scrap" very average quality.
And the wine. The history of traditional winemaking in Bulgaria has about 5 thousand. Years. Vine in these places were brought from Asia Minor by the Thracians. By that epoch dates the famous "Pamid" - one of the world's oldest grape varieties. From red varieties, together with "Pamid" should select such names as "Gimza" and "Mavrud ', ' Hotel ', and "Cabernet Sauvignon". Among the best white wines are "Riesling", "Mikset", "Damianka", "Dimyat" and "Chardonnay ".
Today, the production of wines and other alcoholic beverages is carried out "Vinpromom" - Commonwealth of forty large enterprises equipped with modern machinery. The most famous wineries are located in Evksinograd, Pavlikeni, Pleven, Ruse, Suhindol, Haskovo, Sofia and store a huge number of bottles of wine elite. Every year Bulgaria exported about a thousand wines of the highest quality in the 70 countries of the world, which are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Some, of course, prefer something stronger. They also will not hurt. Who has not heard about brandy? As they say themselves Bulgarians, this "truth muzhske drink." Still, the fortress over 50 degrees! Withstand feast with brandy can only hardened people. Or the famous Pliska - cognac drink made from wine distillate and aged about 5 years in oak barrels.
But still the real pride of Bulgaria - her fault. And a special place in the wine "table of ranks" is the ancient city Melnik. There is a world-renowned "Winery Damyanitsa", which produces excellent table wines - red and white, sweet and sparkling, flavored and with residual sugar. Damyanitsa - is a small village 17 km from the town of Melnik, where one of the two cellars "Vinproma". The second is located in the village of Hersovo.
Winemakers' Vinproma Damyanitsa "elite varieties grown " Cabernet Sauvignon " and " Merlot ". The latter, probably the most famous grape in Bulgaria, because it produced high-quality wines. While at a young age, they are less harmonious than the wines from "Cabernet Sauvignon", but quickly reaches the consumer maturity - a half or two years. It is from "Merlot" is prepared by the famous wine "Melnik". However, the true gem of the southwestern wine region is considered to be a late local variety of "Wide melnishskaya vine" - one of the oldest in the world. It is because it is manufactured choicest wines Damyanitsy.
A gift from the miller
What advise the traveler, who will be the first to taste the wine from Damyanitsy? Let's start with the "Young Melnik". Light red wine from the "Wide melnishskoy vines" with a high sugar content. Connoisseurs appreciate him for the extraordinary lightness, intense fruity aroma and a pleasant cherry aftertaste.
Other famous wine from the same grapes - "Melnishko wine from Hersovo", which is considered unique and can only be produced in the wine-growing area Hersovo. Here and wine production technology also has specific features.
Note also dry white wine "Keratsuda". Golden color and pleasant aroma with a hint of nutmeg and a slight honey flavor is very popular with women. And drink it according to the rules should be cooled to 6-7 ° C.