Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Montenegro - Pljeskavica
Day two! This dish has already caused trouble in our house. It's impossible to pronounce and I've been asked several times what's for tea! I do enjoy answering the kids when they ask though because they've no idea what it is, haha :D
Incidently, it's a spiced multi-meat burger in a pitta bread.
1lb of minced meat of your choice (I used beef and pork)
2 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup of fizzy water
Onion slices, tomato slices and red pepper paste to garnish.
Finely chop the onion and garlic. I was in a lazy mood so I used the blender to chop it up.
Put the meat, onion, garlic, pepper, water and paprika in a bowl.
Squish it all up and combine it with your hands.
Cover and put in the fridge for an hour or so.
Get your handsome assistant to shape the burgers into vague pitta bread size shapes.
Cook the burgers in a frying pan until browned and cooked through.
Put a burger in each pitta bread. Pitta breads are easier to open up if you toast them first. We just put them in the toaster for a minute or two. Add a couple of slices of tomato and some onion.
Spoon on some pepper paste and eat.
The pljeskavica was really satisfying to eat held in my hand. The pepper paste was spicy and went really well with the spiced meat. I feel curious why fizzy water was added to this recipe and what purpose it serves. The burgers were nice and moist maybe too moist in fact. Everyone ate them except Erin who has a love/hate relationship with burgers. Leigh thought the flavours were almost too strong. Eating a burger in a pitta is a nice change from a regular bread bun and I can see us having them again sometime for a barbecue.
Coming tomorrow: Placinte from Moldova