The Food in Kosovo – Travel Kosovo
Heavy on meat, cheese and pastry, the food in Kosovo is similar to that in other Balkan countries but includes a local twist. Grilled meats and cheeses are common food elements found in several dishes whilst pies are plentiful. The food in Kosovo is traditionally home-made, and even at restaurants you can expect to be served huge portions of hearty dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Food in Kosovo – some of our favourite items
A delicious, oily snack typical of the Balkans and probably the most popular street food in Kosovo and the rest of the Balkan countries. In Kosovo the meat-filled variant seems to be a firm favourite and when eaten fresh, is sure contender for the tastiest food in Kosovo!
This is a traditional food of Kosovo and Albania and looks like a stack of pancakes where each layer is brushed with a type of cream. It is typically cooked in a “sac” (a sort of pie pan) over an open fire and served with yoghurt or kaymak. Apparently very cumbersome to make but well worth the effort!
A variety of different sausages seem to be a very popular food in Kosovo. Suxhuk is worth a mention. Very spicy and rather salty it was served to us grilled and was slightly hard, chewy and very rich.
Ground meat, rice, herbs and spices are usually in this very popular dish in Kosovo which are subsequently baked. Similar dishes are typical of the surrounding countries and you can expect this food to feature widely on Balkan menus.
Cheese and dairy – staple food in Kosovo
We had the pleasure of sampling the local Sar cheese in Prizren. A hard cheese made in the Sar mountains, it is salty, strong and traditionally eaten with pita bread or crumbled onto salads. We were served a massive portion as a starter which satisfied our cheese cravings for a while! Dairy products are important items of food in Kosovo; some of our meats were also stuffed with cheese, had cheese grated onto them and were served with a creamy yoghurt.
A roll of meat, stuffed with cheese which oozes out as you cut into it, breaded and fried, then doused with a white, creamy dressing. Found in several restaurants in Kosovo, you have to try this at least once. It is similar to the Serbian Karađorđe Steak but this item of food in Kosovo it seems to have been renamed to reflect the country’s admiration of the Albanian hero.
This dish of baked lamb and rice with yogurt and egg is actually typical of Albania but is also a popular food in Kosovo. The heavy dish is the seems to be the ultimate comfort food for long winter nights!
Fruit and vegetables
Delicious looking fruits and vegetables can be found everywhere in Kosovo. Juicy strawberries were in season during our trip and made for a great afternoon snack. Our main courses were always served with very fresh salads with some lovely dressing.
Wine in Kosovo is surprisingly good! I hadn’t realised that Kosovo was a wine-producing region until the waiter recommended a local product. He explained that the wine industry is picking up in this little country. A great complement to the rather heavy but nevertheless tasty food in Kosovo.
A good coffee fix is very easy to find in Kosovo where locals seem to be continuously drinking it from small cups in the many cafes. Coffee lovers take note – Kosovars believe their macchiato to be the best in the world and take great pride in brewing it. And it did indeed deliver a much-needed kick.