0 1
Mućkalica (Leskovac Mućkalica)

Share it on your social network:

Or you can just copy and share this url

Bookmark this recipe

You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Mućkalica (Leskovac Mućkalica)

Features:
  • Spicy
Cuisine:

Mućkalica or Leskovac mućkalica is one of the most popular dishes in Serbian cuisine. It is a kind of stew, which is made from leftover barbecue meat baked in a vegetable sauce.

  • 90
  • Serves 8
  • Medium

Ingredients

Directions

Share

Mućkalica or Leskovac mućkalica is one of the most popular dishes in Serbian cuisine. It is a kind of stew, which is made from leftover barbecue meat baked in a vegetable sauce.

The origin of this dish comes from the town of Leskovac in southern Serbia. In addition to mućkalica, Leskovac is known for its barbecue, ajvar and the Leskovac grill.

The name comes from the Serbian word mućkati, meaning shake, mix, combine.  Because of the wide meaning of the word mućkati, there are two theories why mućkalica is so called.

According to the first theory, the name comes from the very fact that the dish contains remains of yesterday’s barbecue and vegetables like peppers, onion, garlic, tomatoes, etc.

Another theory states that the secret of mućkalica is to shake the pot in which the food is prepared. You shouldn’t stir it, only shake it.

Mućkalica Origin

According to legend, mućkalica was first made in 1967 by Miodrag Gligorijević – Bure. He was a famous Leskovac grill master. Legend has it Gligorijevic made this dish for Josip Broz Tito, then president of Yugoslavia, during his visit to Cairo. Later he cooked for many other statesmen and kings, and especially his dishes liked Queen Elizabeth II.

There is another legend that says mućkalica was invented by one of the Leskovac BBQ chefs who worked at the Kumbara restaurant. He made it for the guests who were returning from weddings to Belgrade on Sunday morning.  They wanted to eat something and the barbecue did not work at the time. So he used the remains of the grill from last night, combined them with vegetables and served as a warm dish.

Leskovac  Mućkalica Day is held every May in Leskovac, and in 2017 it was made for more than 4000 people.

Apart from Leskovac, different variations of the dish are also being made in other parts of Serbia. Beside Leskovac the most famous is from the town of Toplica.

It should be served warm with flatbread, cheese and shopska salad. Don’t forget it should be a bit spicy and its trademark is chilly pepper.

I got this mućkalica recipe from a barbecue enthusiast from Leskovac.

Steps

1
Done

Place the peppers in a preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes at 200 degrees. When roasted, remove the peppers, peel the skin and chop into larger pieces.

2
Done

Heat the oil and fry the onions briefly until golden. Add the roasted and chopped peppers, garlic and tomato peel. Simmer all together for twenty minutes, occasionally adding water.

3
Done

During this time, grill the meat on the grill or grill pan. You can make skewers, so the meat can be removed from the sticks after baking. If you have not made skewers, cut the meat into larger cubes or strips.

4
Done

Dice bacon into larger cubes and bake separately.

5
Done

When the vegetables are tender, add the meat and bacon and cook together for 30 minutes.

6
Done

The mućkalica should not be stirred, but only occasionally shaken. Add spices to taste - it should be spicy.
Peppers, hot and sweet smoked, are added at the end. Before serving, sprinkle with parsley.

Ivan Majhen

Recipe Reviews

There are no reviews for this recipe yet, use a form below to write your review
Gibanica - Traditional Serbian Dish
previous
Gibanica
Ustipci - Traditional Serbian Dish
next
Uštipci
Gibanica - Traditional Serbian Dish
previous
Gibanica
Ustipci - Traditional Serbian Dish
next
Uštipci

Add Your Comment