Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pastrmajlija

A tasty Macedonian dish I was introduced to this summer.

Ingredients
3 lean center-cut pork chops
paprika
black pepper
salt
0.5 cup water
1.5 cup flour
0.5 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
0.5 tsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lard

Preparation
Bloom the yeast with the sugar in lukewarm water. Add the flour and salt, knead for 10 minutes, then mix in the butter. Coat with oil and allow to rise in a covered bowl.

Remove all fat from the pork and cut into small pieces. Mix with black pepper, paprika and salt to taste. Set aside in the fridge.

When the dough finished rising, cut into two an press into elongated boat shapes. Press half of the meat into the center of each boat. Spread a tablespoonful of lard on top of each.

Bake in a preheated 425F oven until the meat is cooked. Serve with hot peppers and rakia!

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