The Bulgarian appetizers are pretty much similar to the appetizers that are prepared in the other countries from the Balkans. The main influences come from Greece, Turkey and Serbia. The appetizers consist of vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, various types of cheese, the most important being feta and kashkaval, and not at last meats, such as chicken. The yoghurt and the eggs also play an important role when preparing Bulgarian appetizers. Most of meals, however, start with drinks served as appetizers. The most important are mastika and rakia. Both are natural and very strong. Other Bulgarian appetizers that gained popularity are: Cheese Stuffed Peppers, Fried bread slices and Shoppe style cheese. The typical appetizers are named mezes and resume to lukanka, Soujouk and Sirene.
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