5 Typical Bulgarian Breakfasts You Have to Try

Everybody has heard of the English breakfast with bacon and eggs, or the French croissants or loaf with confiture. But what about the typical Bulgarian breakfast? Here are some of the most famous Bulgarian dishes to have in the mornings. 



Princesses with minced meat/Photo: Mycookingcreations

Sandwiches with eggs and white cheese or with minced meat is famous Bulgarian breakfast. First ones are made when you mix 2 eggs and some Bulgarian white cheese in a bowl. Then put the mixture on slices of bread and bake it in a party grill. The others are called “Princesses” and are made when you put minced meat on the bread slices and also bake them in party grill. So delicious!



Popara, Photo: www.detstvoto.net

Widespread morning meal in Bulgaria is “Popara”. Bulgarian kids love it! It’s made with a glass of warm milk (or tea), 2 chopped slices of bread, Bulgarian white cheese, some butter and sugar if you want it sweet. Put everything in a bowl and you are ready to eat. I assure you it is very delicious and super easy to prepare. It tastes better than it looks. I promise!

Banichka and Boza


Bulgarian Banicka, Photo under CC 2.0.

A traditional Bulgarian Breakfast is “Banitsa s boza”. Banitsa is traditional Bulgarian food prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between filo pastry and then baking it in an oven. Boza is a drink with thick consistency and a low alcohol content, it has a sweet flavor. Although a popular beverage, boza is also used to describe something (film, piece of music, etc.) to be bland, boring, and of low quality. This comes from the turbid consistency and colour of Bulgarian boza .

Mekitsas with feta cheese and ayran


Bulgarian Mekitsas, Photo by Biso under CC 3.0.


Ayran – cold yougurt drink

Mekitsa is made of kneaded dough that is deep fried. For the dough we use flour, eggs, yogurt, leavening agent, water, salt and oil. The mekitsas are fried in a pin and are typically served with jam, honey, cheese or even yogurt. They can be powdered with icing sugar. The name “mekitsa” comes from the Bulgarian root mek (“soft”), referring to the dish’s texture. –itsa is a Slavic feminine suffix.

A typical Balkan beverage is“Ayran”. It is a cold yogurt beverage mixed with salt. We love it here and we drink it a lot. Bulgaria is famous with its yogurt so Ayran is really delicious here. Make sure to try it!

Fried bread slices (or french toasts) with homemade confiture or feta cheese

french toast

Bulgarian Fried bread slices, Photo under CC 2.0.

This is beloved Bulgarian threat and all the kids love it. It’s basically like a french toast. The bread slices are rolled in a mixture of eggs and milk. Then they are fried in a pan with some oil. The fried bread is served with homemade confiture and the famous Bulgarian cheese or honey. 

Wich one of these breakfast dishes would you try first?

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