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Authentic Recipe of Popara. My Grandmother’s Traditional Serbian Cooked Bread and Cheese.

If you have old bread lying around and you don’t have much time on your hands, this traditional Serbian recipe for Popara is perfect for you.

Things to know about Popara Recipe

Popara is a dish made out of old bread, water, and cheese. Sounds like an unusual combination, but it is surprisingly tasty. Popara was a dish for poor people back in the old days because everyone had the ingredients necessary to make it. That’s why bringing it out in front of your guests was a shame. Now it is almost forgotten. Only the elders know how to make it. The name comes from pouring boiling water over the bread.

Popara is a great dish for busy people because you can always toast the bread that you have, doesn’t matter how old it is (It shouldn’t be moldy, of course!), cook it in water, and add cheese.

My Grandmother’s Traditional Serbian Cooked Bread and Cheese. Authentic Recipe of Popara.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Попара
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Poaching)
Occasional Cooking Kids Enjoy Eating Recipes


Servings 4 Portions
Calories / Serving 370 kcal


  • 6 slices Bread
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 150 grams (5.29 oz) Cottage Cheese
  • 70 grams (2.47 oz) Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 ml (10.14 floz) Water Hot
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  • Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces and coat it with oil.
  • Put it on the baking sheet and toast it in the oven at 100°C/212°F until golden brown.
  • In a pot, layer half of the bread, cheese, and butter, then the rest of the bread. Season with salt.
  • Pour boiling water over the bread and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  • When it is done put the lid on the pot and let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 9gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1014mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 491IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Popara Recipe, Traditional Serbian Cooked Bread and Cheese, Попара
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Cooking tip for making Popara

  • If you change the ingredient’s measurements, make sure that the ratio between the bread and the water is 1:2.
  • If the bread absorbs all the water, just pour some more over it so there is more water than the bread.

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