Macedonian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the Balkans, containing Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern influences and spiced with some Italian, Mediterranean and Hungarian influences too. Because of the relatively warm climate in Macedonia that allows excellent conditions for growing a variety of vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs, Macedonian cuisine is very diverse.
Macedonian cuisine is also known for the variety and large quantities of dairy products and local alcoholic drinks like rakija and various wines and liquors.
Macedonian cuisine is just another symbol of Macedonia's rich tradition. A large number of dishes that were eaten in Macedonia in the past, are still consumed today, a little changed, but still delicious. And the best of Macedonia can be seen through Macedonian cuisine. It is an inherent part of our tradition. Macedonian food is one of the most delicious foods in the world. The secret of its irreplaceable flavor is that it's been prepared the same way for centuries: with lots of love. Some recipes have been restored and adapted to the present day.
Macedonian cuisine is known for its diversity. Favorite vegetables in Macedonia are tomatoes and cucumbers. You can't imagine a salad without these vegetables. Another, favorite vegetable in Macedonia is the red pepper. Red peppers are used for making ajvar, one of Macedonian's favorite delicacies for which we can certainly say that it is one of the best dishes in the whole world.
Here you'll find recipes for many traditional Macedonian dishes divided in the following categories: