Mekitzi Day (Мeкици Ден)

For those of you that don’t know, I was on a Bulgarian late night talk show called (The Slavi Show (Шоуто на Слави). The entire week was a casting call for an upcoming segment called “Welcome to Bulgaria” (Добре дошъл в България) about foreigners that are living in Bulgaria.


My segment aired on March 17th and can be viewed directly online, but the site is only in Bulgaria, so it might be tricky to navigate.  On the main page there is a video viewer and on the right-hand side, you can see additional videos, which are listed by date, so look for 17.03.2010 “Шоуто на Слави: Добре дошъл в България! – Част 3” My segment airs in the middle from 18:00 – 24:00 minutes.

I am speaking Bulgarian and describe my experiences in Bulgaria like, how I met my husband and living together with his family in one house. I spoke about one of the benefits of living in the same house with my in-laws, which is Mekitzi Day (Мекици Ден). Every Saturday, Tatiyana, my mother-in-law makes breakfast for the whole house and the girls, who wake up way too early, go downstairs on Saturday morning and help her prepare the mekitzi, then eat breakfast with her… allowing Angel and I to sleep in! If that is not a reason to live with the in-laws, I don’t know what is!
So, since the airing of the episode, people have been coming up and talking to me about “mekitzi den, when ever they see me, so I thought it was only fitting to share the recipe.

The mekitzi that my mother-in-law makes are from her hometown of Berkovitza.  She describes the recipe as very basic, so you can add any filler to the dough.
The recipe is very rough as she doesn’t really measure anything exactly, so I will use my description and her recipe to make this as clear as possible.


800g (2lb) Flour
250g (1 cup) Plain Yogurt
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
Fillers: Feta Cheese, Jam, Chocolate, Nutella etc…

Sift the flour into a large bowl or dish. Put yogurt to a cup, add baking soda and stir to combine.

Add yogurt mixture into the flour.

Stir till it starts coming together in a chunky mass.  Don’t worry, not all of the flour will incorporate into chunks.

Remove only the chunky bits of dough, leaving the rest of the flour in the bowl. Start to form it into a kneadable mass. Sift the remaining flour and remove any chunky bits to add to the dough ball.  Use the remaining flour to work into the dough if it gets too sticky or for the surface.

Knead the dough into a smooth and elastic ball.

Begin to roll the dough till you have a uniform 1/4″ – 1/2″ (.5cm) thickness.

Cut the dough into circles.

Today, she used my cookie cutter and got 46 makitzi, but she usually uses the rim of a coffee mug and gets 30-35.

Continue rolling out and use all of the dough.

Fill with you favorite fillers, she used feta cheese (сирене) and quince jam (дюли).

Fold the circles in half and press the edges together to make a half moon.

Fry in a pan with sunflower oil or any oil of your choosing till they are golden brown.

There are two photos that are missing from this post because I accidentally deleted them from my camera before I put them in their folder, so I will add the final shots after next mekitzi day, which should be next Sunday, since we will be in Sofia Friday night.

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Author: caseyangelova

Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria www.caseyangelova.com

19 thoughts on “Mekitzi Day (Мeкици Ден)”

  1. Very interesting Tamar! I will have to check those out!
    Matt – I will try to get some new photos soon. I am dumb for emptying the trash before I was sure.
    Thanks Lazaro! I will be sure to check out your site!

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  2. Congrats on your TV spot! I clicked on the link, it's busted. I guess I'll try again another day.

    RE: Makitzi, I'll go along with hamantashen comment. They look the same, except presented/shaped differently.

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  3. Those look delicious. I have to make them for my kids.

    I grew up in Slovakia and we vacationed in Bulgaria almost every summer and I do remember eating something similar. They were selling them in a little hut on the beach.

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  4. A really nice recipe, and it requires so much patience, rolling each circle separately! Very impressive! And I think I've been to Berkovitza – a really nice town and really yummy raspberries in the forests around 🙂

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  5. Chef Dennis – You're very welcome, as my family doesn't have any sharable food traditions, I am luck to have my husband's rich family traditions, but Mekitzi Den is unique to us. It feels great to start our own tradition.

    Ms. Bibi – That is so interesting that you spent your summers in BG. I've never had mekitzi outside of our house and I hear they are a little different in the shops.

    Cooking Rookie – Wow! Sometimes I get people who have visited Bulgaria, but Berkovitza is such a random town that is is very interesting that you have been there. The forest fruits in BG are delicious. We have a lot of raspberries in our yard in Kyustendil, they are quite aggressive, so we have to trim them substantially to keep them for taking over.

    BunnyCooks – Happy to share! They are quite easy, tasty and versatile!

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  6. Emily – They are easier than they look. The dough is ready in a flash, no fuss! Perfect for the weekend!

    Brie – Thanks! The site is tricky because it is in Bulgarian. I might try to find it on YouTube or something to repost it!

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