National food in Montenegro

Chevapi (chevapchichi)
Cevapi (ćevapi) or, as they are also called Cevapсici, are small sausages from chopped pork and beef with lots of onion and spices. Usually they are grilled, but can also be cooked at home in a frying pan. And, most surprisingly, you will not find the cevapi of the same taste. Each institution has its own recipe. It is recommended to drink beer or dunja - a strong alcoholic drink made of quince with cevapi. Cevapi can be bought as a semi-finished product in any supermarket or "Mesara" ("meat shop" in Montenegrin). In some places you can ask to cook them directly on the spot (in Montenegro this is called "cook on rostilj"). The preparation of any purchased meat in rostilj in different shops of Montenegro costs differently: from 0.5 to 1 euro per kilogram or completely free! In a restaurant or cafe, Cevapcici are served with a kaimak (a delicate but very fatty dairy product something between sour cream and butter), or with aivar (vegetable paste), or with urnebes (cheese mixed with hot pepper and garlic), or with onion . Usually baked potatoes, french fries, grilled vegetables or vegetable salad (shopska salad) are ordered with cevapcici. Cevapcici are prepared both in restaurants and in tents "fast food". In...
Chorba (Čorba)
For those who like soup, we recommend traditional Chorba (Čorba). This is a common name for all thick soups. Chorba is made of meat, fish and poultry with vegetables or noodles. Different regions practice special secrets of cooking and correspondently unique tastes of Chorba. On the seaside, it is worth to try fish Chorba (Riblja Čorba). It is the most famous dish in Montenegro. This is a thick and acrid fish soup made of several kinds of fish. 10 kinds of fish should be used for an ideal fish soup, but generally it is made of 2-3 kinds. The essential elements are tomato sauce and paprika. It is a very delicious soup!

Montenegrin sweets
Do not forget about desserts! There is no way to hide from sweets in Montenegro: baker shops and sweet shops are attracting by aroma at every step. In a cafe, menu has been opening itself on the page with desserts. And in shops, by magic, you are always find yourself near shelves with cakes. Resistance is useless, so read, remember and try. • Palačinke. It is a big thin pancake with different fillings. Life becomes brighter at times, when you see a plate with hot Palačinke in front of you, with melting ice-cream, chocolate paste and fluffy whipped cream shining white.There can be more usual fillings: honey, sour cream, fresh berries and fruits. Palačinke is made almost in every cafe, restaurant and often in street stands. So you can have a bite on the go. • Kolači. This is a general name for different types of cookies and cakes. Of course, there are many of them: kolaches are similar to potato-cakes, butter biscuits with powdered sugar topping, sandwiched swirls, waffle cakes with fillings, nut cookies covered by honey similar to baklava. You can buy kolači in every bakery and supermarkets. For the first time, it is better to take assorted set, to try everything and to find the most delicious....
Pleskavica is a big round flat cutlet made of chopped meat (pork and beef) cooked on grill. You can try it at any restaurant of traditional Balcan cuisine or buy at the shop like semi-product. The most amazing thing, that it is impossible to find two Pleskavicas of the same taste. Every restaurant has its own recipe, for example, cheese and bacon are added sometimes (gourmet Pljeskavica), sometimes mushrooms (stuffed Pljeskavica), spices and onion. It is recommended to drink beer or Dunja (strong alcoholic drink made of quince) with pljeskavica. At the restaurant pljeskavica is served with garnish of potato or kajmak (very soft but greasy dairy product, something between sour cream and butter), or with pepper sauce – ajvar, or with urnjebes (cheese seasoned with hot pepper and garlic). Shopska salad is often ordered with pleskavica. Pleskavica is served at the restaurants as well as in fast-food. "Street" variant of pljeskavica looks like a big hamburger consisting of bread roll, cutlet and topped with fresh cucumbers, pickles, sauce and various seasons. In Montenegro, the pleskavica is served in all cafes and restaurants, and you can order it at home, work or anywhere else via food delivery site.  

Prshuta (Pršuta)
Negushsky prshut in Montenegro is more than food! This sun-dried pork or beef ham is the most traditional of all the traditional Montenegrin dishes. Production of prshut (cured ham or pork) in Montenegro is located in the quiet village of Njegushi (Njeguši) near Kotor, in Lovcen National Park. Meat is dry-cured there according to old recipes (more than 100 years, and almost every citizen of the village does it. Every manufacturer, of course, has its own secrets and recipes that are passed down from generation to generation, but in general, the whole manufacturing process is the same.Prshut is begun to prepare around November, when the temperature falls below +10 ° C. First, the meat (leg 8-12 kg.) is rubbed with sea salt and dropped in a special brine for 15 days. Then it is washed with water and put into a press for several weeks. Then the meat is smoked about 4 months, thanks to the smoke of beech wood and sawdust, then it is dried in special place (Sushara) for some time. (where it acquires necessary gustatory qualities). In total, it takes almost half a year to achieve a better quality of prshut.Prshut has a wonderful taste and aroma. As Montenegrins advise, prshut should be sliced thin, to enjoy the taste to the...
Serbian salad
Serbian salad is made of tomato, cucumbers, onion and hot pepper cut into large pieces and topped rich with olive oil. Be careful, this salad is very strong.

Shopska salad
Shopska salad is one of the most popular seasonal salads not only in Montenegro, but also throughout the Balkan Peninsula. Shopska salad is a dish of Eastern European cuisine, which is quite popular in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, the Czech Republic and other countries. The origin of this "summer" dish is considered to be the western part of Bulgaria. In ancient times local population were called "shopy". Thanks to that people the salad got its name. The shop salad includes fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, Bulgarian pepper (raw, pickled or roasted), onion, olives, salt, ground pepper and parsley, dressed with olive oil. On top of the salad is abundantly sprinkled with feta cheese, sopsky cheese (sirene) or white cheese. In Montenegro, as in many other Balkan countries, until now this salad is often cooked without mixing all the ingredients up, but laying them in a certain order from the bottom up: red tomatoes, green cucumbers and white cheese - which strongly resembles the colors of the Bulgarian flag.Lifehack: Since in Serbia and Macedonia it was once impossible to get white cheese, it was in the territories of these countries that feta cheese was added into the shopska salad, which was produced in each...
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Walking along any Montenegrin quay, one can get crazy for delicious smell. Fish is grilled and Čorba is served Here, Burek and Palachinke are baked there, coffee is made in this place. It seems the time to talk about Montenegrin cuisine. Let's tell about some popular dishes.
Pljeskavica and Cevapi. Pljeskavica is a big round flat cutlet made of chopped meat. Ćevapi are small sausages made of minced meat. Pljeskavica and Cevapi are cooked on grill (a local name for grill is roshtill). You can try it at any restaurant of traditional Balcan cuisine or buy at the shop like semi-product. Besides, meat dishes are grilled at any stall along the quay. Pljeskavica can be wrapped in Lavash upon request and you will get a kind of hamburger. The most amazing thing, that it is impossible to find 2 Pljeskavicas or 2 Cevapi of the same taste. Every restaurant has its own receipt, for example, cheese and bacon are added sometimes (gourmet Pljeskavica), sometimes mushrooms (stuffed Pljeskavica), spices and onion. It is recommended to wash down this viand with beer or Dunja (strong alcoholic drink made of quince.

Corba is a thick soup, which is cooked in all Balkan countries. The most popular kinds of Čorba in Montenegro are fish (Riblja Čorba) and veal (Teleća Čorba). If you order čorba in a restaurant, it will be served in special pot and then poured in bowls. It is especially tasty with hot fresh bread. Besides, in most of the restaurants bread is served free.

Burek. This dish came from Balkan and Turkish cuisine. It is a hot cake made with hojaldre with mincemeat or soft-ripened cheese. In Montenegro Bureks are sold in any bakery. Many people prefer to wash down Burek with kefir or soured yogurt.

Shopska salad (Šopska salata). This is a traditional salad in many Eastern European countries and the most popular in Montenegro. The ingredients are simple: fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper, onion and salt cheese (mainly Feta), vinegar and olive oil. You can make this salad at home easily. Often in a restaurant menu, it goes hand in hand with Serbskiy salad (Srpska salata). As a fact, this is the same salad seasoned well with hot chili pepper.

Sweets. It is an endless talking about sweets in Montenegro. There is a separate article about it.  

In conclusion, there is an advice. In the restaurants, Pljeskavica is served with French fries and fresh vegetables, so there is no need to order salad. It is better to leave some space for desserts.

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