Appetizers


Kad zzena ne kuva, deca beze babi!
A muzz je u svakom pogledu, sve slab'i.
Zato ucci kuvat'-Ad' ches zdrava biti,
Za muzzem i decom - srechnije zziveti!

When a wife doesn't cook, children run to Grandma!
The husband in every respect, weaknes
Therefore learn to cook, if healthy you'd be
With husband and children - happier to be!


Ajvar

Ajvar

Pronounced eye-vaar, this is a name to a popular type of appetizer or side dish made of roasted paprika, unripe tomatoes, and even string beans can be combined into ajvar. Fresh ajvar is always made during summer and early autumn, just after the paprika harvest, when many households also can or bottle their own ajvar for use throughout the year.

Roast the paprika and eggplants over charcoal or a gas flame, or bake them in a preheated 475 F oven, until the skin is blistered and black. Place the roasted vegetables in a paper bag and let them steam in their own heat for 10 minutes. Peel off and discard the burnt skin along with the steams and seeds. Mash the peppers and eggplant pulp together to form a homogeneous mass - completely smooth or slightly chunky, as desired. You can do this with a fork or in a food processor.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet and saute the onion until very soft. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pepper-eggplant pulp, mixing well. Slowly drizzle the remaining oil into the mixture, stirring constantly to incorporate all of the oil. Add lemon juice or vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.

Serve as an appetizer to spread on thick slices of country-style white bread or flat pita bread, or use as a side dish to accompany grilled or roasted meats.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings, as an appetizer or side dish.


Liver Paste Appetizer

Meze od Dzigerice

Slice 1 lb. calver liver. Roll in flour and fry on both sides, but do not crisp the meat. Hard boil and peel 4 eggs. Separate yolks from whites. Grind liver with yolks in fine grinder, add 1/4 lb. whipped sweet butter, pinch or more of allspice and pepper, 1t salt. Scoop out narrow French bread and stuff with mixture. Chill. When firm, slice. Or, spread mixture on toast.


Jerinkitz Peppers

Turshija od zzutih paprika

Use 1 peck yellow bell peppers. Remove seeds and cut peppers in half. Bring to a boil 6qts water, 3 qts. white vinegar, 8 T sugar, 6T salt and 1-1/2 c oil. Drop peppers into liquid and boil a few minutes, but do not overcook. Pack in jars, pour boiling liquid over them and seal.


Thick Jam

Slatko

Prepare "slatko" in small quantities for best result. Prepare washed fruit as follows:
Sour cherries are pitted.
Blue plums are pitted and cubed.
Quince should be peeled, cored, and quartered. Then they are parboiled for about 5 minutes.
Green seedless grapes are washed only.
Whichever fruit is used the method is the same, but do not mix fruits. For each cup of fruit use 1 c sugar and 1/4 c water. Bring sugar and water to a boil and boil on low heat until mixture spring a thread. Then drop in fruit and cook only long enough for fruit to be cooked through. Mixture should be rather thick. Add 1 t lemon juice. Mix. Pour in sterile jars and seal. Slatko is served in an attractive jam jar. A teaspoon and glass of water are offered with it. This is offered guests first when they visit.


Hot Potato Salad

Salata od vrucheg krompira

Boil 6 medium potatoes until done, but firm. Peel and slice very thin. Place in buttered baking dish. Sprinkle in 1 c finely chopped celery, 2 T finely chopped parsley, 1 chopped onion. Mix 4 T salad oil, 4 T vinegar, 1 t salt, 1/2 pepper and 1/2 t paprika. Pour over all, cover heat in oven about 15 min.


Heavy Cream

Kajmak

Boil the milk in shellow enamel pan. Carefully, pour the cream in holding it as high as possible. Simmer mixture on low fire for about 2 hrs. Turn off heat. Leat it steand without mixing for 6 hours. Then turn on heat again and simmer on very low fire for 1/2 hr. Cold without mixing. Then carefully place pan in refrigerator for 24 hours. Cream has formed. Loosen with the point of a knife and remove it to a flat plate. Cut into squares. It is delicious served on anything which calls for whipped cream or eaten alone.


Turkish coffee

Turska kafa

Bring water to a boil in a Turkish coffee pot or small saucepan. Meanwhile, put coffee, sugar and 1 T water in a cup and blend it until smooth and well blended. When water boils, pour in coffee mixture and bring to a boil again. Turn off heat, let it settle and serve immediately.


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