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Bosnian Food in Sarajevo and Mostar

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In Bosnia, there are unlimited food choices for a foodie like me. There are cuisines that cater to all tastes. Taking a trip to Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia, was a cultural eye-opener for us especially when it comes to food. We had a taste of every type of Bosnian Food. The culinary contents are some of the simplest ones, but they make the most delicious meals. Its cuisine is a balance between Eastern and Western influences. The closest relations are to the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Turkish cuisines.

Bosnian food was our focus but this great church at night caught our eye aswell.

Mostar old town contains several enterprising restaurants that serve traditional food such as cevapi. Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and includes a blend of modern foods and the old Ottoman culture. Both Sarajevo and Mostar serve all of the traditional Bosnian Foods. The simplest Bosnian food is often prepared with combinations of meats and vegetables. Below are some of the best Bosnian foods that we had during our trip.

city street at night in saraveo bosnia

Our 10 Favorite Bosnian Food Recipes

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cervapi is spicy sausage inside a pita like bread

1. Cevapi

Cevapi is the most well-known Bosnian Food. It is one of the best Bosnian food that you can find in Sarajevo and Mostar. This popular dish contains minced meat. The meat can be lamb, pork or beef with onion and somun (flatbread). Cevapi is Bosnia's national dish and its found in all restaurants as well as on the street eateries. The minced meat is usually converted into sausages. Cevapi is a sausage placed inside a flatbread with onions and a sauce. The sauce served with it contains sour cream or cottage cheese with toppings of fried onions. Each of our servings contained ten small sausages. One serving was enough for a full sumptuous meal.
Recipe From: Serious Eats 

burek food from bosnia

2. Burek

Burek is a cheap meaty Bosnian food that has a delicious filling. It's one of the foods that we loved while we were in Sarajevo. It is great at any time of the day. This type of pie made using spiced minced meat and a filo (phyllo) pastry. The pastry is first filled with minced meat and it\s then rolled into a spiral before it is cut into slices. The most common type of filling is minced meat. We discovered that it is also made with other fillings. Some we found were potatoes, cottage cheese, and spinach. We found Bureks in restaurants and on the street. Walking along the Bosnian streets, you can buy large portions of Burek from most bakeries. What I loved about Burek is its rich flavor and the soft, crispy and chewy feeling.

Recipe From: The Spruce

baklava dessert cake

3. Baklava

Baklava is an authentic Bosnian Food that is a culinary specialty. The pastry based meal bars have some resemblance to Burek. Taking a bite on the slice of Baklava was delightful. , I discovered that it's made up of flaky layers of pastry with honey and chopped nuts between. Although Baklava can be a dessert to a heavy meaty meal, taking it alone as a treat is more delicious.

Recipe From: Natasha Kitchen

Sarajevski Sahan meal from bosnia

4. Sarajevski Sahan

Known as Sahan, this traditional Bosnian meal contains meat and vegetables. They use hollowed out vegetables with meats and rice. We learned there are many different types of Sarajevski Sahan. The ingredients depend on where you order them from. All the different types we tried proved to be tasty. Because Sahan contains vegetables, it is healthier than most foods found in Mostar.

Recipe From: Coolinarinka 

okra soup with meat from bosnia

5. Bamje

Bamje is a traditional food that is local to the Balkan region. It is a flavored Okra Stew that made with vegetables. There is no simple recipe for Bamje. The preparation is always different depending on where you order it from. Bamje stew made with Okra includes vegetables and sometimes red meat.

Recipe From: Miansari66

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Sataras food from bosnia

6. Sataras

Sataras is a delightful mouthwatering dish perfect for a vegetarian. It is often served as a side in restaurants found in Mostar and Sarajevo. Sataras is a light combination of various vegetables that are cooked in low heat.

Recipe From: Food 52 

Japrak from bosnia is grape leave wrapped around meat.

7. Japrak

Yaprak, Japrak a different type of Bosnian food. It is a meal that contains grape leaves stuffed with pork/lamb meat and rice. The popular Bosnian meal is that is always served with yogurt.

Recipe From: Chasing the Donkey 

Pileca Supa or chicken soup with dumbplings from bosnia

8. Pileca Supa

Chicken Soup is one of the most loved dishes in the world. Nothing tastes better than the traditional Bosnian soup that we tasted in Sarajevo. Pileca Supa turned out to be our favorite food on our trip. This tasty meal contains Griz dumplings which are in a chicken broth. They can contain a variety of herbs, onion, celery, and Carrots. Pileca Supa is so natural and it is delicious and melts in your mouth.

Recipe From: Baking With Bella 

Bosanski Lonac stew from bosnia

9. Bosanski Lonac

Also known as the Bosnian Pot, Bosanski Lonac is a dish that you must go and try. Try it especially if you wish to have a taste for real Bosnian Cuisine. Bosanski Lonac contains a blend of spices made in tandem with vegetables and meats. This makes it the most unique Our Favorite Bosnian Food. The bulk of this dish is vegetable and it is one of the most nutritious food that we could find in Mostar. Bosanski Lonac is a must try dish!

Recipe From: Balkan Lunch Box

Djuvec is a rice and meat recipe from bosnia

10. Duvec

The oven baked vegetable and meat stew are very similar to Ratatouille. I ate Duvec that contained pork meat, zucchini and flavored with paprika. My favorites are Duvec with either lamb, fish, chicken, and beef. I prefer it with vegetables like peppers, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, carrots, and vinegar.

Recipe From: All Thats Jas

Bosnia has a variety of foods and of all the foods that we tasted, its hard to say which food is the least delicious. There is no one single food that can be as the best Bosnian food.

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