Albanian cuisine is known for its high nutritive value and excellent taste and reflects both Turkish and European influences. Among the many typical dishes, visitors should not miss ‘byrek’, minced meat, vegetables, eggs, and cheese in flaky pastry; ‘tave kosi’; mutton baked in a dish with yogurt and eggs; ‘pasterma’ or dried smoked meat; ‘tave korani’, a unique kind of trout found only in Lake Ohrid baked with nuts, sauce and onions; fasule, a thick soup of white dry beans with onions and ‘pasha qofte’, a hot soup with meatballs, rice and eggs.
Albania is well known for its ‘Skanderbeg’ cognac, mentioned for its flavor and aroma. Vineyards are widely spread around the Albanian countryside. The most popular type of wines produced in the country are Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Kallmet, Riesling, Shesh i zi and San Giovese. But the most popular and traditional of Albanian beverages is ‘raki’. It is usually made from grapes, though there are also other kinds of raki made from plums, mulberries, and walnuts.
In this section, you will find delicious traditional Albanian recipes.