One of the most surprising dishes to be tasted in Belgrade, the White City of Serbia, is the familiar, uniquely flavoured dish of Pljeskavica. Marko Djurica Chefs prepares a huge burger known in the region as Pljeskavica, a regional record. This Serbian burger, popular in one form or another is made from many different meats, beef, pork and lamb. Although there are many different versions of this popular burger, from traditional to modern, there have also been a number of culinary interpretations in Serbia.
The name comes from the verb pljeskati (clap), as the meat is clapped to achieve a good grill consistency. There are many different ways of preparing food, all of which are similar, although there are some differences, but sometimes they also serve as plates.
If you have ever made beef patty, you can also serve it as a patty, and if you serve it with a garnish, in this case tomatoes, onions or a side dish, that’s exactly what you do. Here too, one can choose to do this in many ways and thus to accommodate the young people, or just like that.
You do need the famous Serbian vegetable spice Ajvar for the burger, and you can buy it almost anywhere. You can add olive salad, which is one of the most popular dishes in Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.
The addition of baking soda distinguishes the meat from other minced meat recipes that you might try, and gives it a final, springy texture that is definitely unique. There are chopped onions and ajvar spread, although I have found that mixing with Kemak cream cheese or clotted cream enhanced the flavour.
Since Pljeskavica is not served as a sandwich but as a meal, some restaurants provide a basket of Serbian lepinja bread. There is a bread, which is probably made up of salted cream and an orange spice, which tasted spectacular.
It is good to know that you can make it at home it when the urge strikes, and it would be a real shame you never tried this dish. I wish that places where I usually eat in life would take the trouble to make his dish.
I sincerely hope that the next time you start a barbecue with your friends, you will add Pljeskavice to your menu and enjoy the gourmet specialties of the Balkans.