Tarator is a cold yogurt-cucumber soup and a Bulgarian summer classic. Tarator is light, fresh, healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
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
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.
2 lbs octopus, remove head and beak
1/2 lb waxy potatoes (new potatoes, red bliss, fingerlings)
Two bay leaves
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I’ve been drinking bourbon, whiskey, scotch and gin
Gonna get high man I’m gonna get loose
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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?
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.
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
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.
4 tbsp olive oil or 2 oz butter
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
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.
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
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.
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
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.
1/2 lb lean, ground beef
1/2 lb fresh ground pork
One small onion, peeled and minced
1 tsp dill weed
One clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
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.
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
Sauté onion in heated fat in a large pot until tender.