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Pljeskavica with sides
CourseMain course
Place of originSerbia
Region or stateBalkans
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsTwo or more of beef, lamb, pork, veal; onions, sometimes bread crumbs and lard

Pljeskavica (Serbian Cyrillic: пљескавица, pronounced [pʎɛ̂skaʋitsa]) is a Serbian grilled dish consisting of a mixture of spiced minced pork, beef and lamb meat.[1] It is one of the national dishes of Serbia and is very popular in the neighbouring Balkan and former Yugoslav countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Montenegro.[2] It is a main course[3] served with onions,[1] kajmak (milk cream), beans, sometimes ajvar (relish), and urnebes (spicy cheese salad), either on plate with side dishes, or with lepinja (flatbread, as a type of hamburger[4]). Recently, pljeskavica has gained popularity elsewhere in Europe and is served in a few speciality fast food restaurants in Germany, Sweden, and Austria. Varieties include the "Leskovac pljeskavica" (Leskovačka pljeskavica), very spicy with onions; "Šar pljeskavica" (Šarska pljeskavica), stuffed with kačkavalj cheese; "Hajduk pljeskavica" (Hajdučka pljeskavica), of beef mixed with smoked pork meat; and "Vranje pljeskavica" (Vranjanska pljeskavica).[5]

Since 2008, the name "Leskovac pljeskavica" has been a legally protected term for pljeskavica from the Jablanica District of Serbia.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Laurence Mitchell (2013). Serbia. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-84162-463-1. 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 and served with onion)
  2. ^ 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 a national dish of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia but are also a favorite with other Balkan nations
  3. ^ Martin Dunford; Jack Holland (1 March 1990). The Real guide: Yugoslavia. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-783838-7. Meat dishes predominate for the main course, with the grilled pork, lamb, and beef dishes traditionally associated with Serbian cuisine widespread throughout the country, the ubiquitous pljeskavica and CevapCici joined by a host of other rich, ...
  4. ^ Lila Perl (1974). The hamburger book: all about hamburgers and hamburger cookery. Seabury Press. ISBN 978-0-8164-3106-9. Even more hamburger-like is pljeskavica (plyes'-ka- vee-tsa), the same type of ground meat shaped into a very large flat patty and grilled. Pljeskavica may be eaten with thick chunks of firm-crusted Serbian bread, and always with raw onion ...
  5. ^ Miodrag Raičević (1999). Slave: žitija, tropari, slavska i posna jela. Gramatik. p. 108. ВРАЊАНСКА ПЉЕСКАВИЦА 600 г свињског меса, 200 г црног лука, 200 г парадајза, 200 г зелене паприке, веза першуна, мало белог лука, бибер, со Месо самељите на машини за млевење меса, посолите и побиберите, измесити ...
  6. ^ "Брендирана лесковачка пљескавица" [Branded Leskovac burger]. PTC (in Serbian). 4 September 2008.

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