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   The Macedonian recipes are very diverse. This fact is the consequence of the great number of ingredients that are found in this country. Everything, from fruits, vegetables and dairy products to the various types of meats, is used in the Macedonian cuisine, in a very creative and original way. This country's cuisine has been influenced for a long period of time by the cuisines of the countries from Balkans, and also influenced them in return. The originality of the Macedonian dishes is assured by the development of the cooking techniques and by the use of the local ingredients. The Macedonian cuisine contains recipes for each course of a meal: appetizers, soups, meat dishes, salads, vegetarian dishes, desserts and snacks.
Baklava
Ingredients:

1 kg of thin koras
400 g of nuts
600 g of cooking oil
1250 g of sugar
Cooking Instructions:
Grease the baking pan. Put 1 kora in the baking pan, pour some oil on it, then put another kora on top of it, pour some oil and continue the same way until you use 10 koras. All over the 10-th kora spread half of sliced nuts and then pour some oil over them. Then put another 10 koras over the nuts, the same way that you have put the first ten koras. Pour oil on top of everything and cut the baklava in cube and diamond pieces. Put the baklava in warm oven. When the baklava is half-baked, decrease temperature at 100 degrees and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes.
   Take the baklava out from the oven and wait until it cools. Sherbet: Add sugar in 2 l of water and boil it. Take it of the temperature and wait for a while until the sherbet is thickened. Pour the sherbet over the baklava. Cover the baklava with another baking pan.
Filled Egg Plants
Ingredients:

2 big or 4 small egg-plants
Lemon juice
4 spoons of olive oil
2 dl white wine
400 g mixed ground meat
2 onions
3 pieces of garlic
Spices, pepper, salt, parsley
2 eggs
100 g of cheese
Cooking Instructions:
Wash the egg-plants. Cut the each egg-plant along its length and take off the core. Salt the egg-plants and leave them to stay for a while. Dry them with napkins and add some lemon juice. Place the egg-plants on heated oil, add some wine and fry for about ten minutes. Take the egg-plants away from the heat and place them in a fire-proved saucepan. Use the same oil to fry chopped onion, mixed ground meat, garlic, ground core of the egg-plants and the spices. At the end, add parsley and eggs. Use this filling to fill the egg-plants and then pour some cheese and bake for about 20 minutes on temperature of 200C.
Macedonian Bread
Ingredients:

1 package (1 tablespoon) active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Cooking Instructions:
In a mixing bowl, combine yeast with 1 1/2 cups of flour. Combine water, oil, salt, and sugar and add to yeast mixture. Beat for 1/2 minute with an electric mixer at low speed; then beat for 3 minutes at high speed. Work in remaining flour by hand to form a smooth and elastic dough. Put in a greased bowl in a warm spot, cover, and let rise for 45 minutes. Punch dough down, divide into 12 pieces, and roll each into a ball. Let rest for 10 minutes. Flatten each ball into a 5-inch circle. Place on a greased baking sheet; cover and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200C. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned on bottom. Immediately wrap in foil and cool.
Macedonian Kebabs (Kebapchinja)
Servings: 5-6
Ingredients:
1 3/4 lbs ground young beef or veal
1/2 lb ground mutton
1 small onion, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
Oil, for brushing
1 pinch paprika
1 pinch mint
Cooking Instructions:
Mix meat, knead thoroughly and leave in a cool place to sit for several hours. Heat oil in a small saucepan and add onion. Cook slowly until it is soft and beginning to color. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add onion and garlic mixture to meat, season with salt and pepper, paprika and mint. Work all into a meat mixture, leave for a short while in a cool place, then shape into smaller kebapchinja (A shape similar to breakfast link sausages). Grill at first on very hot grill. Brush with oil while grilling. Serve with spring onions, tomatoes and small hot peppers.
Meatballs
Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup grated onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried mint
1 or 2 slices white bread
1/2 cup white wine or water
1 egg
Flour for rolling
Vegetable oil for frying
Cooking Instructions:
Mix meat, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and mint. Remove crusts from bread slices and moisten in wine or water. Add bread and egg to meat. Knead mixture. Shape into 1-inch balls, dust with flour, and saute in hot vegetable oil. When meatballs are cooked and browned on all sides, place immediately in covered casserole and keep warm until ready to serve.
Pastrmajlija
Ingredients:

1 kg of flour
600 g pork meat
200 g lard
4 eggs
1 yeast
Cooking Instructions:
Soak the yeast and after a while put it into flour and prepare the paste. Divide the paste into 4 equal pieces. Use rolling tin to make each of these pieces thin and flat. Chop the meat. Add salt. Put the meat on top of each piece of pasta and spread it. Put lard on the meat and if you prefer add pepper also. Put the pastrmajlii (prepared like this) in the oven. Bake it on temperatures of 250C. Before they are ready, add 1 egg and finish the baking. Serve it hot.
Pindzhur
Ingredients:

1 kg of pepper
0.5 kg of tomato
Egg plant
Salt, garlic, cooking oil
Cooking Instructions:
Toast the pepper, peel it and chop it. Toast the tomato, then peel it and knead it. Add the kneaded tomato to the pepper and mix them. Add toasted egg plant also after you have peeled it and chopped it. Add ground garlic and salt. Pour the pindzur with the heated oil, stir and put the pindzur in a bowl where you usually put salad.
Ravanija
Ingredients:

5 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup milk
1 sachet or 2 tsp. baking powder
A few drops of vanilla essence
For the syrup:
2 1/2 cups of water
2 1/2 cups of sugar
Cinnamon
Cooking Instructions:
With the mixer we beat up the eggs with the sugar for about 5-6 mins until they become a thick substance. Then we add one by one the rest of the ingredients and we continue to beat up until we have a smooth - not very thick dough. We spread some butter in a baking tray, we put the dough in the baking tray and we put it in the oven for 45 mins approx. (150-175C, Gas mark 6) until it becomes brown on the top.
   Then, we let it cool down while we prepare the syrup. We put the water, the sugar and the cinnamon in a pan and we let them come to the boil. We let them boil for about 5 mins or until the syrup starts thickening. We take the pan of the hob and we soak the "Ravanija" with the syrup, making sure that it covers the whole sponge. we sprinkle some more desiccated coconut on the top and we let it cool down before we serve it.
Rice Pudding (Sutlijach)
Ingredients:

4 cups (1 l) milk
2/3 cup (155 g) sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 lemon zest strip
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups (1.5 l) water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (105 g) white rice
3 egg yolks
Ground cinnamon for garnish
Almonds for garnish, optional
Cooking Instructions:
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, sugar, butter, lemon zest and cinnamon stick. Heats until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pan and then remove from the heat. Let stand for 30 minutes to develop the flavors.
   Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the salt and rice, reduce the heat to low and cook slowly until the rice kernels have swelled and are tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain.
Place the saucepan holding the milk mixture over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add the rice and simmer uncovered, stirring often, until thickened, 15-20 minutes. Remove the lemon zest and cinnamon stick and discard.
   In a bowl, using a fork or whisk, beat the egg yolks until lightly frothy. Gradually add about 1 cup (8 fl oz/ 250 ml) of the hot pudding to the yolks, beating constantly.
   Gradually pour the warmed yolks into the remaining pudding, stirring constantly. Cook over very, very low heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
   Spoon the pudding into individual dessert bowls or one large serving bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon and top with toasted almonds, if using. Serve at room temperature.
Roasted Lamb with Potatoes
Ingredients:

One 3 kilo leg of young spring lamb
2 to 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
20 small potatoes, peeled
2 tablespoons tomato paste, diluted in 1/4 cup water
2 cups hot water
Cooking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 230 degrees. Wash leg of lamb. Slit with a sharp knife in various places on both sides of lamb. Insert garlic slices in slits. Season with salt, pepper, add 1/2 tablespoon oregano, and brush with olive oil. Pour lemon juice over lamb and place in roasting pan, fat side up. Roast for about 1/2 hour. While lamb is browning, combine salt, tomato paste, and water and pour over potatoes. Add to roasting pan; sprinkle with remaining oregano. Lower oven temperature to 180C. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, turning and basting the potatoes occasionally. Remove to a hot serving platter; slice and serve meat surrounded by potatoes.
Sarma
Ingredients:

Pickled cabbage leaves
Rice in a cup of coffee
2-3 onion pieces
0,5 kg mixed ground meat
Oil, red pepper, pepper, salt, spices
250 g steamed meat
Cooking Instructions:
Cut the onion into small pieces and fry it on oil. Add the ground meat, red pepper, pepper, salt, spices the rice also . Then use the mixture to stuff the pickled cabbage leaves. Line them up in a pot, but first line up pickled cabbage leaves at the bottom of the pot. Put the steamed mead in between the stuffed cabbage leaves. Then, spill over some hot water and boil it on a silent fire, and them put them in the oven to bake. By the end of the baking, you can add come oil and red pepper (which have been fried before). Cover the pieces with pickled cabbage leaves. The whole has to be dry, not very moist.
Selsko Meso
Ingredients:

1kg. pork meat (of thigh)
4-5 onion pieces
300 g ground meat (for small meat balls)
Tomatoes or ketchup
700 g mushrooms
300 g dry smoked meat into small pieces
Salt, pepper, spices, bukovec
Some wine, cheese cream
Cooking Instructions:
First do the meatballs where you include a piece of ground onion salt, pepper and spices. Then cut the pork into small pieces and fry it on oil, add the ground onion and fry it together. After they redden you add the tomatoes (or the ketchup), the mushrooms, the smoked meat and the small meat balls, add spices, salt, red pepper, bukovec and pepper into the mixture. On the other hand, dissolve a spoon full of flour into a glass of water (the one in which the mushrooms have been) and also add a glass of wine. The whole mixture is baked (roasted) in the oven in a baking dish made of clay. By the end of the baking you can add cheese and cream according to your own taste.
Stuffed Peppers
Ingredients:

3 red bell peppers
2 green or yellow bell peppers
1 cup ground veal
3 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
170 g. cream cheese
1 egg
3 Tbsp. half-and-half (cream)
1 tsp. Cumin
Dash salt and Pepper
Water
Cooking Instructions:
Slice the tops off the peppers. Pull out the seeds and the cores. Dice 1 red pepper. Set aside. Save the tops. Combine the diced red pepper and ground veal or chicken in a mixing bowl. Add the green onions and garlic. Stir in soft cream cheese and blend with a wooden spoon. Stir in the egg and half-and-half, then add the grated cheese. Season with cumin and salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 180C. Place the pepper shells in a baking dish that will hold them snugly together. Spoon the filling into the peppers. Replace the tops. Pour 3 tablespoons of water around the peppers. Bake at 180C until the filling is puffed and the peppers are soft, about 40 minutes. Serve immediately.
Tomatos Filled with Meat
Ingredients:

600 g of veal
Tomatos
100 g of onion
4 eggs
Spices
Rise
Parsley
Cooking oil
Cooking Instructions:
Wash the tomato and carefully with the knife take off the top of each tomato. Take off the core, also. Leave the tomato to dry. Mince the veal in the meantime. Fry chopped onion and add minced meat, salt and pepper. When the meat is fried, add chopped parsley, beaten eggs and some cooked rise. Fill the tomato with this mixture and put it in a saucepan. Bake for about 25 minutes. Serve on top of cooked rise in a plate with tomato juice or ketchup.
Tavče Gravče
Ingredients:

500 g of white beans
1 onion, 1 red paprika
100 ml of cooking oil
2-3 pieces of red dry capsicum
Pepper, salt, plain flour, parsley, mint
Cooking Instructions:
Wash the beans and leave them to stay in water over night. After that cook them till it starts boiling, drain the beans and put them in another pot of hot water. Then add chopped onion (1/2 of it) and capsicum. Continue to cook it till the beans are soft but integral. If there is too much water left, drain the beans. Fry the chopped onion (the other 1/2) and paprika with one spoon of plain flour in cooking oil and then add this to the beans. Put everything in a pottery saucepan and then pour some parsley, mint, pepper and salt on it. Put the saucepan in oven and bake for a while (the beans shouldnt be too dry).
Zelnik
Ingredients:

1 kg of flour
1 egg
Salt, cooking oil, water
For filling chose:
Spinach
Leek
Potato
Cheese
Eggs
Cabbage
Cooking Instructions:
Prepare the paste: Divide it into two pieces and then each piece divide into 10 equal pieces. Make a "kora" of each piece. "Kora" is a thin peace of paste made by rolling tin. Spread some oil on each "kora" and put one "kora" on another until you use 10 for one big "kora" and the other ten for another big kora. One "kora" should be bigger than another. Take the smaller one and put it at the bottom of a saucepan. Spread the filling. Put the other "kora" (the bigger one) on the filling and place it nicely. Pour some oil on top. Put the saucepan in the oven. Bake it on temperature of 250C for half an hour. Filling: chop the vegetable and fry it on oil for a while.
 

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