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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kuvana Krtola (Potatoes with yogurt and fresh cheese) (Montenegrin)

This may not look like much, but trust me when I say that it might be the best Balkan meze you'll ever taste (or at least from the non-spicy spectrum of food). If all over the world people seem to like the combination of potatoes and cheese and consider it the epitome of comfort food, this had to be true in the Balkans as well, right?
I initially heard about this dish from an acquaintance who's a travel expert and guide, who said this is what they would recommend first and foremost to anyone traveling in the Montenegro region. I looked it up afterwards and it was so simple to make that I just had to have it by the end of the same day. And I didn't regret it. Even if it's not a typical hard cheese like cheddar, the combination between freshly baked or boiled potatoes and freshly made cheese and yogurt is really good, and kind of refreshing. Try it.

Last year: Pizza Diavola (Italian-American).
Two years ago: Deep fried Brie with tamarillo relish.
Three years ago: Sprinkle butter cookies (Italian).
Four years ago: Mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots and ParmesanPork in spice crust and Banana bread with nuts (American).

Ingredients (for 1 serving):
  • 1 large potato, with a long-ish shape
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cheese
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • a dash of freshly ground pepper

Boil or bake the potato until tender (baked is preferable). Peel it and cut it into halves, maintaining the long shape. Arrange them on a plate.
Mix the rest of the ingredients and spread them on top of the potato halves. It's done, dig in while it's warm. 

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