Punjena paprika

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Punjena paprika and potatoes

Punjena paprika (pronounced [pûɲenaː pǎprika]) (lit. stuffed pepper) is a dish made of peppers, stuffed with a mix of meat and rice in tomato sauce, the ingredients consisting of green or red capsicums, eggs, spices, salt, tomato, minced meat and rice.

The dish is called punjena paprika in Serbian and Croatian, Filovana paprika in Bosnian,[1][2] Polnjena paprika in Slovenian, Palnena Chushka in Bulgarian, Polneti Piperki in Macedonian, Plněná paprika in Czech, Plnená paprika in Slovak, and Töltött paprika[3] in Hungarian, meaning "stuffed peppers". The dish is popular in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. There are also many variations of the dish across the Balkans.

The dish[edit]

Stuffed peppers with rice and mince. Stuffed peppers is a traditional dish from the Bulgarian national cuisine, prepared by filling the peppers with a mixture of minced meat, rice, vegetables and meat, cheese and egg and more.

Can be prepared by a variety of technologies and with various fillers, using fresh and dried peppers (this is done in winter).

Traditionally in Bulgaria peppers filled with steamed rice in advance, onions, minced meat and spices that heat treatment is crammed into pre-cleaned, washed and riddled with needle peppers.

After filling of peppers, they rank in a baking dish, make up water and baked in the oven. If this combination of stuffing add raw egg (added to the cooled stuffing), filled peppers can be cooked in a pan, as the pods are boiled almost steamed.

Some variants[edit]

Stuffed peppers with rice and minced meat Peppers stuffed with vegetables Dried peppers stuffed with leek and rice (traditional Christmas dish) Dried peppers stuffed with beans Stuffed peppers with cheese and eggs

See also[edit]