Montenegro, a small hospitable country on the Adriatic coast of the Balkan Peninsula, is famous for its mild climate, the beauty of nature and ecological well-being.
This is why families with children come here so often: not only does the sun and sea air have healing and invigorating effect on children’s organism, but also natural products used in local cuisine.
To make it easier for you to choose dishes for children’s table during the holidays in Montenegro, Kidpassage offers an overview of Montenegrin culinary traditions.
The peculiarities of the cuisine in Montenegro can be explained by the geographical location of the country. The influence of Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Italy can be seen here.
However, we can find out the local gastronomic characteristics: Montenegrins prefer simple dishes, avoid a large number of spices and spices, do not pay attention to too greasy food, they prefer all kinds of heat treatment, stewing, baking or roasting on an open fire.
That is why it is easy to order food for a child who is already eating from the common table, both at the hotel and at any restaurant.
Cooking in a sachet is a special kind of cooking. This is a cast-iron pot with a thick lid. The sach is placed in the oven and covered with hot coals to make the food cooks well. Montenegrins are known as big fans of meat. It is safe to say that the national food of Montenegro is lamb and lamb, beef and veal, pork and poultry.
The gifts of the sea – fish, shellfish – are available mainly in the coastal areas. Vegetables are also on the menu, but their selection is somewhat peculiar. Thus, in summer one seldom sees zucchini or eggplant in the markets and on the menu. But sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage and potatoes are in abundance. Of unusual fruits, widely used here is okra. For dressing salads olive oil is used.Bread is served to the meal, most often corn bread.
Montenegrin national dishes: familiar strangers
To have a hearty breakfast or lunch is certainly an important task. But there are some dishes in Montenegro that are worth tasting, not to fill your stomach, but to enjoy the special taste.
Prsut is a smoked or dried pork ham, typical of Montenegrin, Serbian, or Croatian cuisine. In the cuisine of Montenegro, Prsut is especially revered. Negush cheese is cheese made of sheep or goat milk, similar to bryndza, but less salty. Lisnaty cheese is a puffed cheese made in Kolashin.
One of the most unusual dishes of Montenegro with a sweetish taste and delicate consistency. Kaymak is a sour milk product that is often used as an ingredient in meat, fish and vegetable dishes. By consistency, it is something between thick sour cream and cottage cheese. The fat content of kaimac reaches 40%.
Salads: from simple to complex The most common type of salad in Montenegro is coarsely chopped seasonal vegetables dressed with oil and vinegar. Seaside areas make salads with seafood.
- Kupus salata – a salad made with fresh cabbage.
- Rusca salata – a dish reminiscent of olivier.
- Srpska salata – a spicy dish with hot peppers.
To accompany the vegetables, offer your child a pita or pata, a flatbread made of wheat flour, instead of bread.
And a piece of bourek pie with meat or cheese filling topped with a salad is as filling as a full meal.
Soups: quick and nutritious If you are used to eating thoroughly, pay attention to traditional Montenegrin soups.
- Chorba is always a rich, dense dish. It is similar to Hungarian goulash both in its density and the fact that it contains paprika. Most often this soup is prepared with meat or fish, but there is also a vegetable version.
- Chorba od povrcha is a vegetable soup. Pilecha chorba – chicken soup. Govedzha chorba – beef soup.
- Riblja chorba – fish soup. It is cooked from several kinds of fish, to make it thick they season it with flour and spices.
It is a transparent broth, unlike the chorba soup. You can season it with noodles, rice, or green peas, if you like.
Meat: the pinnacle of excellence The real feast begins when you order meat dishes of Montenegro. Portions of meat here are just huge.
Pleskaivica is a famous Montenegrin cutlet, which can be compared in size only to the Viennese schnitzel. The meat and onion mixture for pleskaivica is made only of meat and onions, and this cutlet is fried without breading.
Sacha lamb is one of the specialties of Montenegro, which is cooked in sacha. Jigerica is charcoal-grilled liver. Meshano meso is an assortment of grilled cutlets, meatballs, and sausages.
Muchcalica is a juicy, tender dish for which the meat is first roasted on an open fire and then stewed with vegetables. Leskovaczka muchcalica – meat with a huge amount of spicy spices.
Cookie – spit-roasted meat. Veshalitsa – chop with cheese and prsut stuffing. Cevapcici – chopped meat sausages, popular in the Balkans. Duvec – meat stewed with rice and vegetables, a bit like pilaf.
Minced meat is also used in many dishes, such as sarma (tiny stuffed cabbage rolls) or pugna paprika (stuffed peppers).
Fish: a rich catch Fish dishes are not peculiar to Montenegrin home cooking, but in seaside restaurants fish and seafood are cooked very tasty. There are especially many recipes for shellfish – from the usual boiled mussels to exquisitely prepared oysters.
Dalmatian goulash is a dish from several varieties of fish. Ohrid fish – fish fillets drenched in cream and baked in a crockpot. Prjeni ligni – fried calamari (usually in batter). Yaprake – baked carp, lavishly doused with cream.
Also, pilaf with seafood is often on the menu. Vegetables and porridges: not only a side dish, but also baked or boiled potatoes, grilled sweet peppers, or corn on the cob are usually offered as a garnish to the meat. Dolmatinsko varivo – boiled potatoes with greens. Zrmnicko varivo – a vegetable stew with the addition of fennel, and often wild herbs.
Kachamak – specially prepared mashed potatoes with corn flour and kaimak. Pechena paprika is a grilled sweet bell pepper. It is served with butter and minced garlic.
And in Montenegro porridge is less revered. Although one dish can be called “porridge”.
Citsvara is a dish made of corn flour boiled in the melted young cheese.
Cicvara is often eaten for breakfast in Montenegro.
Desserts: ingenuous and delicious
And in the desserts (here they are called “slatkishi”) you can feel the influence of the cuisines of neighboring countries.
In Montenegro, for example, Turkish sweets are common and much loved.
- Tulumba is one of the Turkish desserts, fried unleavened dough soaked in syrup.
- Gibanica – pie with cottage cheese filling.
- Palacinka – pancakes with a sweet filling.
- Krofne – large doughnuts with cream or marmalade.
- Priganice – small doughnuts served with kaimak or honey.
- Kifle – crescent-shaped puffs.
- Strukli – special cakes with cheese, plums, and nuts. Saviyacha sa poppy – poppy seed roll.
- Sladoled – ice cream.
Drinks: can we do without tea?
To dessert Montenegrins order coffee. Tea is almost not drunk here, but children can be offered a drink made of camomile or mint nana.
Fresh fruit is also a nice end to a meal. By the way, if you do not need to worry about the quality of food, you should be careful when drinking water: only bottled water, but never tap water.
Tips for children and their parents
What can be offered to children from the national cuisine of Montenegro? Almost everything: salads from fresh vegetables, soups, stews, grilled fish, vegetable stew. Especially good for children’s table are vegetable, chicken and beef chorba, pleskavica cutlets, lamb chops, mućkalica, dyveć, puňena paprika.
As a side dish or as a separate dish you can order dolmatinsko and zrmnicko varevo, kachamak, pechena paprika. Since Montenegrins love to pour a lot of vinegar on vegetables, tell the waiter to dress the salad for the baby with oil only. In general, the wish to change the composition of the dish by removing some of the ingredients or spices is met with understanding.
We recommend not ordering “leskovacka mukalitsa” and “srpska salata” dishes for children that are dressed with hot spices.
Be sure to offer your child Montenegrin sour milk products. Kaymak can also be ordered in a restaurant, while fresh syr (soft curd), kiselo mleko (sour milk) and natural yogurt are sold in supermarkets.
Where to try: what is konoba, fishbarnitsa and mesara In Montenegro you can safely go to the national restaurants – konoba. There they cook delicious dishes (often according to family recipes) and use only high-quality products of local origin.
The farther a restaurant from tourist places, the more chances to try dishes of Montenegrin national cuisine and eat to excess: portions in konobas are huge.
Choosing what to try, you can not order a separate dish for the child, and divide a large portion for two. Breakfasts in Montenegrin cafes are very simple: boureki with yogurt, pancakes with jam or unsweetened filling, cicewara or scrambled eggs. Meat and fish are usually eaten at lunch and for dinner. Note that in Montenegro there is a surprisingly high quality fast food.
For example, a hamburger here consists of a piece of fried meat, fresh vegetables and a soft bun. The hamburger kiosks also sell sausages and kebabs. We also advise you to remember the names “fishbarnitsa” and “mesara”.
These are stores where they sell, respectively, fish and meat. And not only sell them, but if you want, they clean them (this applies to fish) and grill them.
The name “pekara” is most correctly translated as “bakery” because they do not sell desserts, but pittas, bureks and other fresh pastries.
The bakeries have small tables where you can eat right away, but you will be offered yogurt instead of tea and coffee.
🤔What is eaten for breakfast in Montenegro?
This breakfast will take less time and money than going to a restaurant, and is very simple to make. It is made with milk, with butter, salt and sugar. You can add a little honey, if you are not intimidated by the slow cooking process. Also in the oatmeal can be added raisins or dried fruits, but in this case, a nourishing breakfast will not be so useful.
If you prefer the option with bread, you should know that the most delicious breakfast in the world is made in Montenegrin country. Toasted bryndza with hard cheese and olives is what you need for a delicious and healthy breakfast. You can serve it with butter or jam, honey, jam. Those who watch their weight should be afraid of diets or overnight snacks in a hurry. Food should be nourishing and of good quality.
This is also a simple, but very tasty and healthy food. This is a dish we are used to seeing at breakfast, but in Montenegro, they make it with a whole banana. You can take other fruits, nuts or vegetables that you prefer. Also an interesting breakfast dish can be semolina or rice porridge, which you make with milk broth. You can add fruit, nuts, berries or berries in caramel to it for flavor and taste.
A glass of milk.
For a change, try making Montenegrin-style coffee. It’s the kind of coffee that is brewed in a carafe. The coffee is made like this: first you need water, milk, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sugar. Then you put the coffee in the brew pot and cook it until it starts to brown. Then you take it off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes. And then you can pour it into cups.
Everyone who loves honey knows how delicious it is. It is a very useful and nutritious product. Eating just one piece of black bread with honey a day, you can.
🤔The most common drinks in Montenegro
Montenegrin yogurt (meunage) is a traditional cold sauce made from cream, yogurt, and butter. Sometimes cumin, garlic and pepper may or may not be added to it.
a traditional Montenegrin dish, glög is a meat stew stew in meat or vegetable broth. Spices used for seasoning include garlic, onion, pepper, garlic clove, and bay leaf.
The Montenegrin national appetizer “burek” (burček) are thinly sliced buns that can be served hot or cold. The burek can be unsweetened or sweet.
In the north of the country are common dry wines, produced in the regions of the same name. They have a mineral taste and a pungent smell.
🤔Seafood dishes in Montenegro
Delicious and healthy sea fish, nourishing and moisturizing skin, this culinary discovery has become the “table book” of many gourmets and connoisseurs throughout the country and far beyond. Fish dishes are served here in almost every restaurant, almost all hotels and cafes that serve grilled fish.
Dishes Cooked on the Grill
As in many countries in the East, in Montenegro also actively come cuisines from Asia and Europe. Therefore, in every resort you can find meat, fish, poultry and sweets on sale, but among the dishes of the Serbian cuisine here has a special place – perhaps it is cheese and meat snacks.
Montenegrins are known to eat cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Traditionally, cheese is put in salads and appetizers, it is added to meat dishes. Since in the kitchen, “Serbian cheese” appeared only in the first half of the XIX century, we cannot call it in relation to other cheese. The delicious and useful cheese is nevertheless possible to buy in stores, its price in Montenegro is quite democratic. Traditional Montenegrin delicacies are olives and olive oil.
You can also buy sweets and a bottle of vodka in Montenegro on the beach, the main thing is that the plate must be clean, and drinks must be in sufficient quantity and original flavor.
Each restaurant has a menu, which reflects the basic information about the dishes served on the shore. The menu indicates what each dish is made of, how to serve it properly, how long it lasts, and how much it costs.