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Tarator is a cold yogurt-cucumber soup and a Bulgarian summer classic. Tarator is light, fresh, healthy, delicious, and easy to make.

Traditional bulgarian cold summer soup tarator with yogurt, dill, cucumber and walnuts in ceramic bowl on wooden table
Traditional bulgarian cold summer soup tarator with yogurt, dill, cucumber and walnuts in ceramic bowl on wooden table

Ingredients

32 oz container plain Bulgarian or Greek yogurt

32 oz cold water

1 English cucumber, peeled or unpeeled, grated or cubed

3–4 cloves garlic, crushed

2–3 tbsp fresh baby dill, finely chopped

2–3 tbsp sunflower oil

2–3 oz walnuts, finely chopped

Salt

Method

Add yogurt and water to a large mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth.

Grate cucumber, squeeze excess liquid using a cheesecloth, and add to yogurt mixture.

Add crushed garlic, baby dill, salt to taste, and mix well.


Octopus salad is one of the most famous Dalmatian dishes along the Adriatic coast. Although typically ordered as a starter, this salad is hearty enough to eat as a meal and perfectly pairs with Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. There are countless variations of this dish, and every family treasures their heirloom recipe. You can personalize this salad by adding capers, olives, lettuce, or arugula. Whatever you do, do not add fruit as this is borders on local sacrilege.

Octopus cut into small pieces and prepared with potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Octopus cut into small pieces and prepared with potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Ingredients

2 lbs octopus, remove head and beak

1/2 lb waxy potatoes (new potatoes, red bliss, fingerlings)

Two bay leaves

Ten peppercorns


The health benefits of scotch include weight loss, stress busting, protection from dementia, a longer life, and more… all of which are backed by studies.

A bottle of Jack Daniels and two shots glasses
A bottle of Jack Daniels and two shots glasses
This ain’t no Scotch but it’s funny

Sing it with me…

Well I ain’t seen my baby since I don’t know when
I’ve been drinking bourbon, whiskey, scotch and gin
Gonna get high man I’m gonna get loose
Need me a triple shot of that juice
Gonna get drunk don’t you have no fear
I want one bourbon, one scotch and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch, one beer

Woooo… that’s my jam!

It makes you feel good, it gets you in the mood, it’s the star of your private club parties, it’s healthy, and what is it?

Scotch!

Yes, you heard that right. In case you…


Mussels with Herb and Garlic Butter is a delicious and straightforward tapas recipe that will be a hit at any cocktail party. It pairs well with a crisp dry white like a Pinot Grigio or an unoaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Mussels baked with parmesan, bread crumb and herb butter served on a plate.
Mussels baked with parmesan, bread crumb and herb butter served on a plate.

Ingredients

2 lbs fresh mussels, in their shells

Splash of dry white wine

One bay leaf

4 oz butter

2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs

4 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tbsp snipped fresh chives

Two garlic cloves, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

Lemon wedges, to serve

Method

Scrub the mussels and remove beards. Discard any broken or…


The definition of croquettes is simple. It is leftover ingredients mixed with béchamel sauce, then breaded with egg and breadcrumbs and later fried in an abundance of oil. The origin of this succulent cylindrical-formed bite is not Spanish but French. This dish emerged from the need to use all of the food sources in a time of scarcity. So, with the purpose of not neglecting the leavings from the previous day’s stew and the remnants of ham that were getting hard, the croquette was born.

A plate with homemade croquettes decorated with parsley
A plate with homemade croquettes decorated with parsley

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil or 2 oz butter

4 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup…


Empanadillas are a smaller version of the turnover-like pastry Empanadas and are commonly found in South American and Spanish kitchens. Empanadillas are filled with sweet or savory ingredients. When made with savory ingredients, the Empanadilla is often stuffed with various foods, including meat, poultry, fish, cheese, potatoes, and vegetables, such as onions, olives, tomatoes, and peppers. In Spain, empanadillas are commonly eaten as a tapa or as a first course.

Empanadas pastry filled with shrimps baked or fried in mexico, mexican food
Empanadas pastry filled with shrimps baked or fried in mexico, mexican food

Ingredients

4 1/2 oz chorizo sausage, outer casing removed

All-purpose flour for dusting

9 oz ready-made puff pastry, thawed if frozen

Beaten egg to glaze

Paprika, to garnish

Method

Preheat the oven…


Fava beans are one of the oldest domesticated legumes. Although they somewhat resemble lima beans, fava beans, also called broad beans or habas in Spanish, are not related to limas or green beans, haricots, pinto, or cannellini beans. They are related to peas. Like peas, they are amazingly sweet. Beans are a great source of fiber, protein, fiber, iron, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and many other beneficial nutrients.

closeup of an earthenware bowl with a spanish recipe of broad bean with serrano ham, on a table set with a checkered tablecloth
closeup of an earthenware bowl with a spanish recipe of broad bean with serrano ham, on a table set with a checkered tablecloth

Ingredients

2 oz serrano or prosciutto, pancetta, or rindless smoked bacon

4 oz chorizo sausage, outer casing removed

4 tbsp Spanish olive oil

One onion, finely chopped

Two garlic cloves, finely chopped

Splash…


Bulgarian meatball-rice soup or supa topcheta is a hearty and tartly-flavored soup enriched with yogurt. There are many variations of this traditional dish, and everyone seems to have their favorite. This soup is the classic representation of home cooking comfort.

soup with meatballs
soup with meatballs

Ingredients

1/2 lb lean, ground beef

1/2 lb fresh ground pork

One small onion, peeled and minced

1 tsp dill weed

Two eggs

One clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

All-purpose flour

6 cups beef bouillon

1/3 cup uncooked long-grain rice

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or flat-leaf parsley

1 cup Bulgarian or…


Hungarians drink this flavorful sauerkraut soup to alleviate the aftereffects of imbibing too liberally. Thus, the very popular soup is called “hangover” or “tippler’s” soup.

“happiness finally forgone, hangover unbearable” — Harry J Horsman.

Sauerkraut soup
Sauerkraut soup

Ingredients

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup bacon fat

1 tbsp Hungarian paprika

3 cups finely chopped sauerkraut, drained

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 lb smoked sausage sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

6 cups of water

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

3 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1 cup sour cream at room temperature

Method

Sauté onion in heated fat in a large pot until tender.

Add…

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