Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Fërgëse me mëlçi" means fried liver

Ingredients
1 lb lamb, mutton, or veal liver (I used chicken breast instead)
1/4 cup oliv'emn  oil
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup cottage cheese
3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely grated
1/4 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

1. Dice chicken, sautee in oil for 5 to 10 minutes, and remove from the frying pan.

2. Add flour to the remaining oil and saute until yellowish. Stir in cottage cheese, garlic, chili powder, pepper, and salt. Add chicken, stir to coat, place mixture in a baking dish and bake at 350F for about half an hour. Serve hot with bread.

Makes 4 servings

Pronunciation:
furgaysee meh melchee

Fun fact: I had to make this twice before it was blog worthy - the first time I made it, I didn't realize that my jar of chili powder was full of tiny worms until it was too late.

The Albanian's reaction to this dish:

Me
Look at this! I made Albanian chicken! Does it look Albanian?
The Albanian Not even like Albanian shit.
...
The Albanian Just kidding! It looks cute and t smells beautiful. And tasteful - it definitely smells tasteful. Good job!

Very loosely based on an extremely vague recipe in a cookbook called The Best of Albanian Cooking: Favorite Family Recipes by Klementina and R. John Hysa.