Today we experienced a bit of Bosnian cuisine. First off, Bosnia is short for Bosnia-Herzegovina, and it gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1992. Bosnia has four athletes, one male and one female competing in Alpine Skiing and another male and female participating in cross country skiing.
Our menu for the day was Chicken Paprikash served with boiled, mashed potatoes and Cupavci for dessert. The recipe for the chicken came from That's All Jas blog, which is a recipe blog written by a Bosnia expat.  The recipe for the Cupavci came from Baking With Sibella blog, also written by a Bosnia expat.

So I knew we had a busy day today and decided to get a start on the food preparation yesterday.  I began the process of making the cupavci, following along to the directions I had copied from the blog to a google document where I store all the International recipes I use for the Olympics.  Thus began another cooking misadventure...  Issue one, I didn't read the directions all the way through to fully understand what to do before I started.  Issue two, I attempted to translate the recipe into US measurements/temperatures, apparently not overly successfully.  The cake seemed done after 25 minutes baking at 385F, but once it had fully cooled, I realized that the center was not finished. 

I tried to put it back in the oven to continue baking, but that didn't work.  Issue three, I didn't refer back to the original blog, which had pictures, to clarify what to do.  When the recipe said to cut the cake horizontally, I cut it down the center, not the correct way (see above photo).  Anyway, even with all the craziness and my inability to read/follow directions, the cake turned out okay.  While it doesn't look like the original poster's pictures, the flavors were good.  Anyway, please use the link above to access the recipe.  I'll link to it below, but will let you go to the original post to see the step-by-step pictures if you want to make it yourself.

The Verdict:  We liked the Chicken Paprikash, although the youngest thought it was a little spicy.  The cupavci was good, too, although I don't particularly care for chocolate.  It tasted very rich to me, but the coconut was a good foil for the chocolate flavor. 

Chicken Paprikash


4 chicken breasts
2 large onion, chopped
2 green bell pepper sliced
2 red bell pepper, sliced
2 clove garlic, diced
2 TBSP paprika, preferably Hungarian
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
2 TBSP sour cream
2 TBSP flour
2 TBSP dried basil
3-4 TBSP oil
Vegeta (salt) and black pepper to taste


Cut chicken into strips. 

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent for 3-4 minutes.

Place chicken strips in the pan with onions and season with Vegeta, pepper, and paprika. Let the chicken cook until done, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add garlic and sliced peppers. Cook 10 minutes or until peppers are softened but not overcooked.
Sprinkle the chicken and peppers with flour and stir to combine. Add tomato sauce, broth, basil, and red pepper flakes. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in sour cream.

Serve over mashed potatoes.


please visit Baking with Sibella to get the recipe and see the photos of the right way to prepare it!
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