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Pastrmajlija - Macedonian Pizza Recipe

Very, Very Tasty Pastrmajlija

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Once you try , you will become addicted.


Pastrmajlija - Macedonian Pizza Recipe. Pastrmajlija (Puss-ter-my-lee-yah) is the traditional Macedonian food. Basically is made from dough and chopped pieces of meat on top of it, but there are a lot of variations. The name originated from the Macedonian word Pastrma, which means salted and on wind dried lamb meat. Usually is an oval - long shaped, most often served with hot peppers and slides down delightfully with red wine. It is one of the best foods on the Balkans. This meal is so popular in Macedonia, they even have a festival in its honor called Pastrmajlijada.

This dish is usually eaten during the winter but it is not rare to find on the table at any time of the year

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour

20 min

1 hour 20 min

Serves 4


  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 2 cup Pork, Lamb Chops, Cubed, ( or self prepared salted meat )
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lukewarm milk
  • punch black papper


  1. It is not so easy to find salted and dried lamb meat in the market, so you can prepare by yourself. Not the same taste, but very similar. The previous evening, cut the lamb or pork meat into small cubes, season with a lot of salt and leave it in the fridge.
  2. In one cup mix yeast, sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour and milk. Leave it for 10 minutes to rise.
  3. When the yeast is ready, add it into flour, add salt and olive oil and prepare the dough adding a lukewarm water as needed. If the dough is so tight, add a little more water until it is soft but not sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, shaping the dough into a ball.
  4. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough into the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a towel and place it in warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, preheat oven at 425F.
  6. When the dough reach the double size, remove and place to a flour - dusted surface and knead it breafly to push the air out.
  7. Divide dough into four pieces. From each one make oval shape ( I made it square), about 1/4 inch thick. Press down with your hand to create a lip around the edge.
  8. Mix prepared meat cubes with punch of black pepper, cayenne pepper and olive oil.
  9. Brush the lard over the dough. Press the meat slightly into the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the edges of the crust over to make a border, with the fold touching, but not covering the meat.
  10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until meat is done.
  11. Let it cool for a couple of minutes. Serve warm.
  12. Serve with a red wine.

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About Pastrmajlija

Macedonians are very hospitable, they know how to welcome the visitors, starting from delicious cuisine, through the beautiful music and dance, folklore that will tune to the past, to the general cheerfulness and human warmth.

Macedonians have a great cuisine, no doubt. That the Red peppers are favorite vegetables that grown each household, shows a number of of drying paprika on each terrace, ready to spice up meals during the winter. Do not forget the delicacy of the Balkans - chutney (Ajvar) and its unique taste. They claim that "the gravče tavče" became a specialty because of the type of bean that grows only in this region. Comparing it with specialties such as truffles, caviar and shellfish. There are many delicious traditional dishes that can be counted, and that will tickle the imagination with the thought of: Turley pan Lutenica, Tarator, Pelisterska and Ohridska trout, stuffed peppers, pastrmajlija or moussaka, while for flavor you need to go to the scene.

The only way to preserve meat for the winter was to be salted and dried. Thus was created the specialty pastrma main ingredient of Pastrmajlija. During the winter they had to eat heavy and caloric food to survive. What began as a way of survival, later on grew into a tradition. They were usually gathered in the host's home, drinking red wine, rakija (plum brandy), singing, dancing while women were prepared pastrmajlija. This custom remains until today.

I got this recipe from my grandmother, while she got it from her grandmother. So the recipe is for sure from the beginning of the 19th century. Probably is older, but I have no evidence. Peoples desire to put meat or other ingredients on bread to make it more tasteful is found throughout ancient history. Similar kind of food is also found in South Asian, ancient Greek and Italian cuisine, which is well known today as Pizza.

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Ohrid Lake and Galichitsa Mountain near St. Naum Monastery, Republic of Macedonia

Ohrid Lake and Galichitsa Mountain near St. Naum Monastery, Republic of Macedonia

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Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on August 01, 2014:

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Always interesting and useful Nikolic to learn about dishes from parts of the world which are unfamiliar to most of us. I am sure pastrmajlija would provide a great new and different taste experience for many - particularly those who love pizza. And the interest is enhanced in this hub by the cultural references to Macedonia and the video. Voted up accordingly. Alun

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on April 16, 2014:

This looks so delicious Dis-cover. Your directions are clear and seem easy to follow. With 67 Gs of protein this seems to be more nutritious than regular pizza. Voted up!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 07, 2014:

Thank you, pastrmajlija is very, very tasty.

Dianna Mendez on April 07, 2014:

Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy pizza. Looks really good.

Tolovaj on April 02, 2014:

I have been in Macedonia many years ago, but pastrma is completely new to me. Well, I was with a fisherman and trouts were the main theme anyway. We met many friendly people and caught a lot of fish, but unfortunately no trouts. I have to try your recipe ... Do you think a turkey can substitute a lamb? If yes - darker meat would be probably better experience in this case, right?

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 01, 2014:

Looks like Macedonia is a great place to visit. Pizza looks great, making me feel rather peckish. :)

Darko Milenkovic from Novi Sad on March 31, 2014:

I never heard about Pastrmalija, but looks irresistible!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 28, 2014:

Macedonia is indeed a beautiful place and the pizza sounds delicious.

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on March 28, 2014:

I'm always up for trying new food and this looks like something my family, especially my kids would enjoy since it is a pizza! Voted up and pinning. Nice recipe, thanks for sharing. :)

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on March 28, 2014:

20 minutes to cook and serves 4 people? Not at my house. That's one serving size just for me! Shared this! :)

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 27, 2014:

This is the first time I learned about Macedonian Pizza. I'm also interested in the history of food, and wonder how long it has been in your country's menu. Macedonia is mentioned in the bible, and I wonder if Jesus ever ate one of these pizzas.

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