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Place of origin Balkans
Region or state the Balkans (southeastern Europe)
Creator(s) Serbia
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredient(s) Two or more of beef, lamb, pork, veal; onions

Pljeskavica (Serbian Cyrillic: пљескавица, pronounced [pʎɛ̂skaʋitsa], Macedonian: плескавица, pronounced [pɛ̂skaʋitsa]) is a Serbian dish of patty, popular in the Balkans (Southeastern Europe).[1]

Pljeskavica is eaten in Serbia (national dish[1]), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Republic of Macedonia, and can be found in Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria. Traditional pljeskavica is made from mixture of ground meats.[2] Typically two or more out of lamb, pork, beef or veal grilled with onions and served hot on plate with side dishes (in Belgrade), as a hamburger or on fresh kajmak with a thick pita (lepinja) bread.[3]

Recently, pljeskavica has gained popularity elsewhere in Europe and is served in few speciality fast food restaurants in Germany, Sweden, and Austria. It is often served with kajmak milk cream, ajvar sauce of peppers and urnebes mixed spicy sauce.


Leskovačka pljeskavica (pljeskavica from Leskovac) is one of the most famous types and is usually made of beef or pork, very spicy and served with onions. There are however, many other ways of serving it such as Šarska,Hajdučka and Makedonska. Šarska pleskavica is made of beef,porky or lamb and stuffed with kashkaval cheese. Hajdučka pljeskavica is made of beef mixed with smoked pork meat. Makedonska is primary serve in Bulgaria and is made of beef, porky and stuffed with tomato pasta.

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  1. ^ a b Pamela Goyan Kittler; Kathryn P. Sucher; Marcia Nahikian-Nelms (August 2011). Food and Culture, 6th ed.. Cengage Learning. p. 410. ISBN 978-0-538-73497-4. "Large, thin meat patties made from lamb and beef, known as pljeskavica, are considered the national dish of Serbia but are also a favorite with Bosnians and Croatians." 
  2. ^ Asne Seierstad (7 November 2006). With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia. Basic Books. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-7867-2243-3. "...pljeskavica – a flat cake of ground meat and spices." 
  3. ^ Laurence Mitchell (2005). Belgrade. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-84162-145-6. "For the main course, the most popular meat dishes are pljeskavica (meat patties, usually a mixture of pork, beef and lamb, sprinkled with spices, then grilled...)" 

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