Week 1  - Bosnia & Herzegovina

Solgan Dolma (Stuffed Onions)

Dessert - Halva

Kljukusa (Potato Pie)

Dinner Time - Bosnia & Herzegovina

Menus & Recipes - Bosnia & Herzegovina

So the first thing to note here is that I am no chef...these aren't tried and tested recipes that I'm made before. I'm using wiki to look up traditional foods of the from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Google to find recipies for them. I'm using every day kitchen equipment to make them with ingredients found in New Zealand....so this is what I conjurred up for week 1!

 

Sogan Dolma (Stuffed Onions)

Ingredients:

3 large onions, 5 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, 800g of mince (I used beef), 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup of tinned tomatoes (blended), 1 cup cold water, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon of herbs (I used oregano as recipe didn't specify), 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of ground pepper.
Method:

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius
2) Halve 2 of the onions and boil in water with 3 tablespoons of white vinegar until soft but not falling part (15 mins)

3) Chop half of the remaining onion, carrots and celery and put in food processor until finely chopped.

4) Combine mince, oats, tomatos, cold water, paprika, oregano, garlic and pepper with the vegetable mixture. Mix well with your hands until well combined.

5) Remove halved onions from the water and seperate into individual onion shells. Fill each cup with meat mixture and place meat side up in a baking dish.

6) Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of vinegar with enough hot water to cover half way up the sides of the onion cups. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours.

7) Remove from oven and serve

 

Cooks notes:
- These ingredients were probably double the amount needed to cook for a family of 4. I recommend leaving onion quantity the same and reducing everything else by half. I'll be using the excess meat mixture to make Bosnian meatballs for another meal.

- Keep an eye on your onion cups whilst cooking - I ran out of liquid and removed from over after about an hour and a half.

 

Stuffed onions before popping into the oven

Kljukusa (Potato Pie)

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons oil, 3 large potatoes, 1 brown onion, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 300g flour, 260ml lukrwarm water, 2 tablespoons butter, 3 cloves of garlic, 250g sour cream

 

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcuis and greese a baking dish. Pop in over to pre-heat before use.

2) Peel onion and potatoes and grate together. Squeeze mixture to remove as much liquid and starch as possible (I don't have muslin so I squeezed with my bare hands!)

3) Add salt, pepper, water and flour to potato mixture and stir vigorously ntil integrated. Then put in preheated over dish

4) Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden on top. I wasn't sure how to check if it was cooked so I inserted a skewer like you would a cake.

5) Mix sour cream with chopped garlic

6) Remove 'pie' from oven and spread butter over the top - leave for 5 mins on side.

7) Serve with the sour cream mixture on the side.

 

Cooks Notes:

- I would recommend adding a little more salt than the recipe states.

Potato Pie with lashings of garlic infused sour cream

Dessert - Halva

Alla's Yummy Food is where I got this recipe from.

Way easier to watch this being made than read a 'method' and the recipe is available on her website too.

 

Mine looked exactly like hers which was a bonus!

 

We've got enough for eating with a coffee tomorrow too.

Feeling quite impressed with my culinary skills here!

The Family Verdict!

Danie - The stuffed onions were delicious but could have done with some sort of sauce (possibly tomato based). The potato pie  was very heavy and not very flavoursome but was better reheated and covered in butter with my bacon for breakfast. The halva has a strong toasted flavour and was nice on Friday night but better on Saturday with coffee - I'll definitely make that recipe again! Overall not a bad start to our Friday night adventures.

 

Paul - I agree with Danie on the main. I think the texture of the halva was strange and it could have done with some kind of cream or custard with it.

 

April (6 years old) - Stuffed onions 'gross', potato pie 'gross', halva 'gross' ! Clearly not a hit with the girl but she rarely likes eating dinner anyway!

 

Harrison (8 years old) - Stuffed onions 'not an onion fan', potato pie 'way too much floury taste', halva 'ewww too many nuts'. At least he tried everything!