Miriam SpiceTraveller

A few months ago i decided to step away from classic European cuisine for a day or two and prepare something new. Didn’t feel anything exotic so i thought i should stay inside Europe. Albania was first on the list as i never prepared anything from that country before. I wanted something simple so i came across this dish which from what i understood has two versions, with meat and without, the meat version is more of a main meal, i prepared it without meat, it is usually served with homemade bread during summer months but you can pour over boiled potatoes or mix with rice, pasta…. I enjoyed this so much!  I used cottage cheese but mix of ricotta and feta would be even better!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large long roasted peppers (Romano type)
  • 450g chopped tomato
  • 4 Tbsp cottage cheese (or ricotta, feta.. )
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • ~ 100ml olive oil

Preparation:

It should be prepared with homemade roasted peppers, but you can buy ready made, it saves time.
1.  In a medium size pot add chopped onion, fry for 3 minutes then add chopped garlic and fry for additional minute.
2.  Add finely chopped roasted peppers, chopped tomato, sugar, parsley, paprika, chili, oregano and cook for 7-10 minutes. Liquid should evaporate.
3.  In a small pot heat butter, when it melts add flour and fry for 2 minutes, remove from the heat and add cheese, mix well.
4.  Now add cheese and a cup of water to the tomato and pepper mixture, stir and leave it to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
5.  Grease a small oven tray and pour the sauce and add roasted peppers on top. Grill it for about 5 minutes.
6.  When done add some chopped parsley.

Albanian Fergese - cooking peppers and tomato

Albanian Fergese – cooking peppers and tomato

Albanian Fergese - mixing cheese

Albanian Fergese – mixing cheese

Albanian Fergese - tomato and pepper sauce with cheese

Albanian Fergese – tomato and pepper sauce with cheese