serbian food in belgrade

Not to be confused with my June 17, 2013 post, Serbian Food, Belgrade Restaurants… It is nearly a year later and I can safely say that my thoughts about food at post remain unchanged: I love Serbian food. Although I don’t think I could eat ćevapi every day, I can happily eat it quite often, along with bacon-wrapped chicken, and a host of other meat-centric dishes. So if you’re a vegetarian, Serbia is probably not the best place for you — and I say that with deep regret, as  much of the meat here is divine. They take their grilling seriously and one can never go wrong ordering a mixed meat plate.

serbian meat

I still adore the šopska salad, although occasionally I order a srpska salad to share with Grant, which is basically the same mixture of cucumber, tomato, onion, and/or pepper, except without cheese. Now that summer is nearing, the salads are even better. I still can’t get over how inexpensive food is here, especially fruit and vegetables when they are in season. Right now, I’m eating tons of strawberries and cherries. Yum!

srpska salata

When discussing Serbian food, one would be greatly remiss not to mention the breads and pastries. When my sister returns this summer, one of the first things she wants to do is have some bread (Walter’s ćevapi are next on the list). But the pastries really can’t be beat: plain, fruit, chocolate, meat, cheese, meat and cheese — they have it all, and at a very reasonable price, too. Something central to the Serbian diet (yet not found far from Serbia) is burek. Burek is a flaky, cheesy pastry that can be on the oily side (but not if you know where to get it!), but will fill you up like nothing else. It may contain two times my suggested caloric intake, but it is deeelicious.

My main complaint with Serbian food is that there is a great lack of “lighter fare” dishes. As a person of relatively small stature, I am able to finish my meal only very rarely, even when ordering a half portion. Perhaps that is because the portions here are gigantic, but it doesn’t help that most of the food is very heavy.

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6 comments

  1. You had me at pastries—I’ll take them in all forms…minus meat. I’ve actually been “flexitarian” (I think that’s what they call it) since last September. Argentina is a pretty meat-centric country as well, but I’ve been managing to get by sans beef. I actually made this amazing recipe for chickpea burgers this weekend…I ate them for dinner, then for lunch and then for dinner again haha

  2. Mmmmmm. Bacon-wrapped chicken? Where can I sign up? 🙂 We are a meat and vegetable centric (wheat-free) family, and Belgrade sounds delicious!

  3. Lol, your post reminded me of living in Serbia and discovering a ‘Karadjordjev’. My memory may be inaccurate, but I remember it as meat, wrapped in meat, stuffed in meat, fried in meat, and likely, dipped in meat.
    Are you a fan of ajvar? Or stuffed peppers? I feel like those dishes were a bit lighter and good for the small-stomached. 😉

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