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    Sirene as an Appetizer

    A piece of Bulgarian white brine cheese, sprinkled with red pepper is by far the most common meze (small appetizer) in the country. As every meze, it is usualy shared and goes hand in hand with a glass of wine or rakia, the alcohol of choice in Bulgaria.
  • 2.


    It is not just Shopska! At least 6-7 other popular salads call for sirene (white cheese).
  • 3.

    Banitsa with sirene

    Banitsa, the queen of street food, usually comes with white cheese filling.   
  • 4.

    Sirene on a crepe

    To most a crepe goes hand in hand with Nutella. But have you tried one with sirene?
  • 5.

    Chushka burek

    Red peppers are stuffed with cheese filling, and are then breaded and fried to create this summer appetizer, a must on every traditional Bulgarian restaurant menu.
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    Mix yogurt, cheese and walnuts - the three local culinary obsessions -  to get this refreshing salad/spread. 
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    Scrambled eggs with fresh tomatoes, red peppers and, of course, white Bulgarian cheese make up the summer dish called "mishmash". 
  • 8.

    Sirene baked with honey and walnuts

    Another local favourite - the honey - comes into play for this interesting starter dish.
  • 9.

    Fries with sirene

    Order fries / purzheni kartofi /  in any Bulgarian restaurant and you will be asked if you want them with sirene. And who wouldn't?!  
  • 10.

    Sirene and watermelon

    If you think there is no way for the salty sirene to make it to the desert menu, think again! A slice of cold watermelon and a slice of sirene are just made for each other.
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    Fresh green pepper stuffed with sirene

    Stuff sirene into a fresh green pepper to get this fabulously simple, delicious and super healthy summer snack. The easiest way to eat it: like an icecream from a cone!