Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Serbia - Pljeskavica

Serbian hamburgers made out of any combination of pork, lamb or beef. I opted for all three. They're traditionally grilled and the name comes from the word pljesak which means 'to clap the hands' which is how these thin burgers are usually made.


* Half a packet each of pork, beef and lamb mince
* 1 onion
* 1 tbls of paprika
* salt
* 2-3 cloves of garlic

The meat, chopped onion and garlic, salt and paprika all go into a mixing bowl.

Mix well. This is my daughter Erin beating the mixture into submission.

When mixed, put the bowl into the fridge for an hour to let the flavours combine. I decided to make some Serbian potato salad to go with the burgers. My daughter Leigh added white vinegar and oil to a bowl.

We cooked and cut up a few potatoes, then added them to the bowl. Also, chopped spring onions, garlic, salt and pepper, red pepper and a bit of sugar. Mix up and it's done.

Form the meat mixture into flat patties and either grill, oven bake or pan fry until cooked. I did mine in a pan.

Serve with the potato salad.

They were delicious! Nicely meaty and slightly spicy from the paprika. They'd be great for barbecues and the potato salad was good too. Easy to make and really tasty. Thanks to my kids for helping, it was 'like' having kitchen slaves!

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