Sunday, September 24, 2023

Bulgarian Rustic Kebabs: A Fire-Grilled Simplicity and Local Flavors

A Fireside Tale in Gourmet Cooking: Discover how simple, rustic ingredients transform into an opulent feast through the mastery of fire-grilling.

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Elevate your culinary repertoire with the Bulgarian Rustic Kebabs – where farm-fresh zucchini, succulent tomatoes, and sizzling meat unite in a fire-grilled simple yet mouthwatering dish. This is rustic cooking reborn as gourmet artistry.

Preparation Time: Approximately 1 hour, plus 1 hour cooking time

Ingredients (for four people)

For the Kebabs:

  • 800 grams of beef or pork, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced into rounds
  • 4 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 ears of corn, cut into rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks

For the Marinade:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (optional)

Method to Prepare the Food


  1. Mix: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic (if using).
  2. Coat: Add beef or pork cubes into the marinade, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Kebab Assembly:

  1. Preheat: Heat your grill to 220°C (428°F).
  2. Skewer: Thread the marinated meat, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, corn, and red bell pepper onto skewers. Alternate for color and texture.
  3. Grill: Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, turning occasionally.

Final Touch:

  1. Rest: Let the kebabs rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  2. Plate: Serve the kebabs on a platter, inviting everyone to partake in this fire-grilled feast.

Tips and Tricks

  • Marinade Magic: For even better flavor, marinate the meat overnight.
  • Grill Skill: Don’t over-crowd the skewers to ensure even cooking.
  • Vegetable Verve: Cut vegetables in uniform sizes for consistent cooking.

Alternative Preparation Suggestions

Consider using chicken or lamb as a different protein option.

  • Spice it up by adding a sprinkle of chili flakes to the marinade.

Storage Suggestions

Store any leftover kebabs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on a pan over medium heat to revive its fire-grilled glory.

Interesting Facts

  • The use of corn and zucchini reflects the Bulgarian countryside’s seasonal abundance.
  • Fire-grilling is a cooking technique that dates back to ancient Bulgaria, giving this modern gourmet dish historical roots.
  • The balance of meat and vegetables in the kebab is a nod to Bulgaria’s culinary philosophy of harmonizing ingredients.

Elevate your culinary journey by embracing this rustic yet mouthwatering Bulgarian feast.

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