Serbian Meze is a traditional way to start a meal. Meze means little bites or plates and is basically your typical charcuterie or Italian antipasto. Of course, you can use any cured meats and cheeses that you like for this plate. To make it really authentic serve it with a little Sljivovica (Plum Brandy) which is the national drink of Serbia, but fair warning it is potent.
What I love about Meze, is how you can easily whip this up for guests. Simply put some meat, cheese, olives and eggs on a pretty board and just like that you have a lovely Serbian Meze.
Here is a list of traditional items you could enjoy as part of your meze:
Any cured meats or sausages
Pickled vegetables like onions, peppers etc.
Olives of all varieties.
Cucumbers and Tomatoes would also be appropriate when in peak season.
Serbians like to eat things fresh and in season. Did you know that Serbia is the 2nd largest exporter of prunes, plums and raspberries? Likely the raspberries you by in the market are from Serbia!
Additionally, Serbians make many of their foods from scratch, one of the things Serbians pride themselves on is homemade fruit brandy called rakija. Each family has their own secret recipes for a special blend. Once again, tread lightly as is has a very high alcohol content. Although Serbian’s claim you won’t get a hangover from drinking it, I am not convinced.
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A quick and easy way to put together an appetizer plate for any occasion.
- 2 hard- boiled eggs
- 4 slices of prosciutto beef or pork
- 4 cornichons
- 4 pickled onions
- 8 olives
- 4 slices of good feta cheese
Peel and quarter the hard boiled eggs
Roll the slices of prosciutto and top with a cornichon and a pickled onion
Arrange the slices of feta and olives along with the eggs and prosciutto on a platter. Enjoy!