pastrmajlija

Pastrmajlija

Pastrmajlija is a special Macedonian traditional food. It comes from the name pastrma which means salted and dried sheep meat. It is a special type of meat pie usually of flat circle shape.

For preparing this special and traditional meal we need the following ingredients:

– 1 kg flour
– 800 grams pig meat
– 5 eggs
– 1 yeast
– salt
– olive oil
– butter
– chilly peppers

For preparing this meal we need at least 60 minutes. Before we start, the taste of the meat is better if we leave it to stay for 24 hours with added olive oil, salt and pepper.

First we start by preparing the dough. In a bowl we place all of the flour, and add some salt. We melt the yeast in hot water and add it to the bowl of flour. We make the dough by mixing the mixture with the mixer on the highest speed. While we are mixing the dough we constantly add some water. After that we add some olive oil with witch we improve the taste and the baking of the dough. After we finish mixing the dough we place it aside for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes we take out the dough from the bowl and start kneading it with our hands. We place some flour on the working table so the dough won’t stick to it. We stop with the kneading when the dough get it’s softness.

We knead and we constantly place flour on the table we are working on. We take a simple pan and we smear it’s whole surface with butter. Then we place the kneaded dough inside the pan. Cover the pan with cloth and wait 15-30 minutes until dough raises.

After that we start shaping the dough in the desired shape and size we want out pastrmajlija to look like. Usually pastrmajlija has ellipsoid shape. We should start shaping the dough that way and we should pay attention to the middle part where we will be putting the meat. We should cover our hands with flour or water so our finger won’t stick to the dough.

We place some butter on the place of the dough were we will be placing the meat. In different bowl we mix all of the eggs and pour them on the dough.

The prepared meat is cut on little cubes which we put in the middle part of the dough, we should carefully place the pieces of meat and watch that it do not goes one on top of the other.

Now we start the baking process in a preheated oven which will last for about 20 minutes. When the baking is done we place some more butter on the sides so the bread will be soft.

With that our pastrmajlija is done and ready to be served. We decorate with some chilly or hot peppers on top or some salad.

With this meal it is recommended to drink some red wine.

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