The cuisine of Bansko is unique for the borders of the town. The answer to that is in the development of Bansko as a town of merchants in the 18th century. While traveling to Austro-Hungarian Empire, Italy and Germany with their caravan, the tradesman of Bansko were bringing back influences and inspiration.
Thanks to the ladies of the town, who had to run the household throughout the year, specific dishes were prepared in Bansko and nowhere else. Nowadays those recipes are part of the traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
Ingridients for four portions:
1 kg sour cabbage, 2 onions, 3 coffee cups of rice, dill seeds,1 sausage, beef cuts, chicken, pork cuts, olive oil, salt, pepper.
Preparation and cooking:
Chop all ingredients. Slowly simmer the onions, add the rice. Season it. Get a big pot and do layers of cabbage and rice topped with sausage, beef, chicken and pork. Leave in hot oven (180 C) for four hours for slowly cooking.
Serve and enjoy:
Get yourself a nice a glass of red wine. Today, the 14th of February is the day of Saint Trifon. He is the protector of vines and wine producers. Enjoy this dish with a big company as it is the typical winter dish of Bansko.