World on a Plate - Bulgaria

I do enjoy a bit of cooking but tend to make the same old things that are either quick, inexpensive or what I know the monkeys will eat so when I was challenged by Expedia to take part in their World on a Plate campaign I just had to challenge myself! 

I decided to take a look at the traditional foods eaten in Bulgaria and instantly knew what I would be making. Moussaka! I love it but have never made it and rarely get to eat it. The Bulgarian version is different to the Greek version (which is what I've had), so I was keen to try it and see how it differs. Here's the recipe I followed and how to make it. It really is very simple and takes no more than an hour to prepare and cook. Why I've not made it for the family before I've no idea!

Ingredients for 4-5:

1/2 kg of minced meat (best mix pork and beef but beef only will do too)
1 kg of potatoes, peeled and finely chopped in cubes
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
parsley, 1/3 cupful, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup yogurt
2 tablespoon flour
salt and pepper to taste
oil for cooking
2 tablespoons chubritza (a Bulgarian herb which you could substitute with some Herbes de Provance or Oregano), of course the taste will be different.

How to make it:
Fry the onion and the minced meat in a little oil. The more fatty the meat is, the less oil you need. In about 10 minutes take it off the hob and mix well with the potatoes, tomatoes, and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for about 45 minutes at 190C, or until the potatoes are cooked. Stir the eggs, the yogurt and the flour together and pour it over the dish. Bake for 10 more minutes. It's delicious with cold yogurt on the side. Enjoy!
Recipe taken from Altours-bg.com 

I think I may have needed more of the topping on my Moussaka but I must say it was delicious. I love the combination of meat, eggs and potato together.
To add to the Mousakka I made a traditional salad known as Shopska Salad. Again very simple and so easy to make. Very tasty too! The recipe is below is as follows. NB: I did not add Olives as none of us like them.

Shopska Salad (the Bulgarian favourite)
Ingredients for 4:
4 spring onions
4 medium tomatoes
1/2 cucumber
1 green pepper
1 red pepper

chopped parsley
grated feta cheese to sprinkle salad
salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil

How to prepare:
Cut all ingredients in slices or cubes. Season with salt, pepper, add the chopped parsley, 1 tbs. of vinegar and 2 tbs. of olive oil and mix well. Sprinkle with feta cheese and enjoy either on its own or as a side dish.

Recipe taken from Altours-bg.com 
The red wine is a Bulgarian red from 2011, full bodied and strong.
A delicious meal that will be replicated again, perhaps when we have family or friends over. I'm chuffed with the results and will be making both dishes very soon again. Next time I shall be trying my hand at some of the delicious looking Bulgarian deserts too. They look fab!
Thanks Expedia, I've really enjoyed this challenge.
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