The Mediterranean covers a large geographical area, which is why you can always have a nice selection of popular and traditional Mediterranean breakfasts to choose from. Essentially, your Mediterranean breakfast can be as light or as hearty as you’d like, and you could still say that you’re following a Mediterranean diet. But if you still wait to try some delicacies from the morning Mediterranean cuisine, you should definitely check out the following 4 meals.
1. Caprese Avocado Toast
Avocado is gaining popularity all around the world and avocado toast may not be a new thing to you per se. But, when it comes to Mediterranean cooking, there are always more than two ingredients involved. As we’re starting off on a lighter note, we’ll mix in Caprese salad essentials – tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze. As you toast the bread, mash the avocado, and then spread it all over the toast, as you normally would. Then add mozzarella bits, tomatoes, and basil. Sprinkle lightly with the balsamic glaze. If you’re craving for something more substantial, feel free to top your Caprese avocado toast with a sunny side up egg.
2. Mediterranean-Style Pita (Sandwich)
If you want to make a Mediterranean-style sandwich, you can forget about toast bread. You’ll need a pita bread cut in half. Get rid of the bread’s filling a bit so that you can stuff your own filling into it. The most common mixture for the filling includes boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, ½ cup of hummus, fresh parsley leaves, and a sauce of your choice. You can always add slices of feta cheese as well as salami or ham. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
3. Burek sa sirom (Burek with Cheese)
Now it’s time for some hearty Serbian food recipes. Burek is a Balkan homemade phyllo dough filled with cheese (or a mix of spinach and cheese) that’s far from a light meal. But, people of Balkans strongly believe that breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. It might not be the simplest or the quickest breakfast to make, but once you do, your whole family can enjoy it.
Mix 1 pound of crumbled feta and 8 oz. of cream cheese in a large bowl until the consistency becomes fluffy and then add 2 beaten eggs, parsley and dill. Then proceed to separate your 1 pound package of phyllo dough into two piles of 24 sheets which you will then cut in half, thus getting two 48-sheet piles. Prepare a mixture of melted butter and olive oil in a small cup/bowl. Now it’s time to stack the sheets. Brush the baking bowl with butter and oil mixture, put down two dough sheets, brush them again, then place another 2 sheets on top. Now spread 1/6 of the cheese mixture. Then continue to repeat the process with 2 sheets-butter/oil-2 sheets-cheese mix. Bake your burek in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 375 F. It will be worth it!
4. Tomato Steak + Eggs + Delicacies
Continuing with Serbian cooking, you can’t go wrong with a nice and nutritious feast consisting of kajmak, cured beef ham, beef’s heart tomato, boiled eggs, goat cheese, and mint. Basically, set up a big tray where you’ll place a cup of kajmak and a bowl of cheese slices. Proceed to slice up the ham and place the slices on a plate. You can arrange sliced boiled eggs on the same plate. Toast a slice of beef’s heart tomato and sprinkle it with mint. If you want, you can add fresh bread to your meal as well. All that’s left is to enjoy. Prijatno!
If you want to taste true Mediterranean cuisine near you with Serbian origins, pay us a visit at Rakija Grill in Miami. The authentic Balkan dining experience will leave you wanting for more.