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 GIVE US THE RECIPE FOR "SRBSKA PLJESKAVICA," FOR GOD'S SAKE! Calling all chefs! We are preparing a cookbook section in a magazine focused on computer programmers who are tired of eating the old and all the same McDonald's hamburgers. What a difference does your "Srbska pljeskavica" make? The thing is that we are based in Prague, Czech Republic and after spending a fortune on pljeskavica in Czech restaurants, we have to say they serve only something LIKE it, but sure not the real thing. Is there anybody out there in Serbia who could send us the REAL recipe for the REAL pljeskavica? We would really appreciate your help as we are desperate and really need it for enriching the tastes of our poor computer experts. Thanks beforehand.

 We are flattered that you would turn to people in the United States, to spread the word about your global search for authentic Serbian hamburgers. Traditionally pljeskavica (plee-es-ka-VEETCH-a) is made with a mixture of lamb and beef, grilled along with onions and served hot on a fresh somun, a thick pita bread. We have had the meatball version, cevapcici (che-VAP-chi-chi), in Bosnia, and it was delicious. We certainly understand your desire to find an authentic recipe.

We are not programmers here, but with our modest Internet skills, can turn up at least half a dozen recipes for pljeskavica at Serbian, Croatian, and Yugoslav domains. Without seriously brushing up on our Serbo-Croatian, however, we canít read the recipes. It may be that you need a translator more than a chef. But several of our readers were kind enough to pass recipes along to us, including one who was adamant that pljeskavica is not Serbian at all, but Bosnian (needless to say, we're not going to get caught up in that), and another from a Bosnian muslim, who wanted to make sure we (and everyone else in the world) knew that he does not make pljeskavica with pork. Having brushed aside all questions of political correctness, we'll pass you along to two pljeskavica recipes that we hope you will find authentic and delicious — one simple, one requiring a little more effort.

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