Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)

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These Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches, known as “Prinzesi” in Bulgarian, are the perfect example of comfort food, that bring about my own nostalgic memories with every bite. Found on nearly every street corner in Bulgaria, Prinzesi sandwiches hold a special place in Bulgarian cuisine. The name “Prinzesi” translates to 👑 princesses, reflecting their indulgent and beloved status among locals.

Prinzesi sandwiches come in various delicious versions, from baked ham and cheese to egg-feta-cheese and pure cheese varieties. Traditionally served for ☀️ breakfast, each variation shares the same method: baked in the oven to get that warm and gooey center, making them a special part of the Bulgarian culinary tradition.

Why You’ll Love Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)

You’ll love ❤️ this recipe for Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches because it combines savory ground meat, flavorful herbs, and gooey melted cheese with crispy baked baguette slices. It’s easy to customize to your taste, ensuring each bite is just right. Baking them in the oven fills your kitchen with delicious smells, making it a comforting and satisfying meal perfect for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy a taste of Bulgarian tradition and create memorable moments with every bite.

How to Prepare Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)

🔥 Preheat oven to 400F (200C).

🥣 In a large bowl, combine ground meat, egg, salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, and cheese. Mix well using your hands.

🥖 Place baguette slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice.

🥩 Scoop 4 to 5 heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture onto each slice, spreading evenly.

♨️ Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes, or until the meat is cooked. Optionally, broil for the last 1 to 2 minutes until the top is golden.

🌶️ Enjoy your Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi) with hot pepper oil, a green salad, or alongside plain yogurt or a yogurt drink (kefir).

Nonna’s Tip 🥖

Please use a baguette, rye, sourdough, or any firmer fresh bread. 

Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches

Variations and Substitutions for Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)

Remember, if you are changing or adding ingredients you may have to experiment and adjust the quantities.

  1. Instead of a baguette, you could use rye, 🍞 sourdough, or ciabatta. Be sure to use a firm, fresh bread for the best results!
  2. I love pork but you can use any ground 🍖 meat you prefer, such as ground turkey, beef, pork, or a mix of your choice.
  3. Use your favorite freshly grated cheese 🧀 such as mozzarella, cheddar, or parmesan.
  4. Add finely chopped vegetables such as 🫑 bell peppers, onions, or spinach to the meat mixture for extra nutrition in your Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi).

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Best Served With

  • A fresh 🥗 salad such as my Simple Green Salad
  • Roasted vegetables such as 🥕 carrots, bell peppers, and zucchini
  • Some fresh Tzatziki, plain yogurt, or yogurt drink (kefir)

Common Questions

What type of bread should I use for my Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)?

Please use a baguette, rye, sourdough, or any firmer fresh bread. You can purchase a large 12-inch baguette, cut it in half lengthwise, and cut those halves in half. 

What type of bread should I avoid?

Soft white bread like Italiano, Villagio, or Wonder Bread will not work for this recipe because it needs to hold up the filling and not become soggy. 

How much bread will I need for the Bulgarian Meat Sandwiches (Prinzesi)?

Have extra bread or sliced bread on hand as you might have more meat filling. Typically, you will need 6 to 8 slices of rye or two larger 9-inch baguettes.

What types of ground meat should I use for the sandwiches?

You can use any ground meat you like such as ground turkey, beef, pork, or a mix of choice. Pork is often preferred, but any ground meat will work.

Can I use sausages instead of ground meat?

Yes, you can use sausages by taking the meat out of the casing. Sausages come pre-seasoned but are typically more fatty.

What type of cheese should I use for these bulgarian Meat Sandwiches?

I like to use Bulgarian cheese, but if that’s not available, I use mozzarella. Any good quality fresh cheese of choice will work, but I suggest you grate it yourself. Please don’t use pre-grated as it will alter the taste and quality. 

Can I prepare the ground meat in advance?

Yes, you can mix the ground meat the night before or in the morning and assemble it any time you like. The raw meat filling will stay fresh in the fridge for 1-2 days. The raw meat filling should be stored in the fridge and will stay fresh for 1-2 days.

How should any leftovers be stored?

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. The leftovers will stay fresh for up to 2-3 days when properly stored in the refrigerator. Alternatively, feel free to freeze them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag, and they will stay fresh for up to 1-2 months.

How should the leftovers be reheated?

Reheat the leftovers in the oven at 350F (175C) until warmed through, or use a microwave for a quicker option (this will result in a soggier sandwich). If frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Bulgarian Meat and Cheese Sandwiches

These Bulgarian Meat and Cheese Sandwiches, known as "Prinzesi" in Bulgarian, are the perfect exacmple of comfort food, and they bring on my own nostalgic memories with every bite.
4.75 from 12 votes
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 450 grams ground meat, 1 lb (we like pork)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Kashkaval cheese, or mozzarella (any cheese that melts well will work)
  • 2 9-inch baguettes, or rye bread, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • hot pepper oil, optional for drizzling on top

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  • In a large bowl, add the ground meat, egg, salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, and cheese. Don't forget to measure with your heart, adding more or less of each ingredient, as desired.
  • Use your hands to mix everything really well (don't be afraid to get messy).
  • Take each piece of baguette and lay it flat onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread on a thin layer of butter and scoop 4 to 5 heaping tablespoons of the meat filling onto each slice. You can distribute it evenly, pressing down with the back of a fork or even use your hands.
  • Make sure that each piece has an even layer of meat on it so that it cooks evenly.
  • Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes or until the meat is thoroughly cooked. I recommend using the broiler for the last 1 to 2 minutes to achieve a golden-brown top, but be sure to keep a close eye on it.
  • Enjoy the dish with hot pepper oil on top, a green salad on the side, or Bulgarian-style with refreshing plain yogurt or kefir.

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Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 156mg, Sodium: 876mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 353IU, Vitamin C: 0.02mg, Calcium: 179mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Bulgarian
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These sandwiches are so easy and delicious! I use spicy chicken sausage and love serving them with plain yogurt. My husband and I love them!! I’ve made them 4 times now – definitely a repeat recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for the delicious recipe, brought back great childhood memories, my kids loved them too.
    I actually used turkey mince instead of pork, and still tasted amazing ☺️

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for the delicious recipe, brought back great childhood memories, my kids loved them too.
    I actually used turkey mince instead of pork, and still tasted amazing ☺️

    1. Hi Daniela,
      so happy to hear that, thank you for the rating, really means a lot to me. Happy you loved it