Lepinja, you komplet me: the best Serbian sandwich yet
I generally don’t like sandwiches, even though I once was a “sandwich artist” at Blimpie. Actually, working at Blimpie ensured that I would never like sandwiches. Do a little research on deli meat and you’ll see why. Serbian sandwiches are the exception.* They feature grilled meat, great toasted bread, and are served in gigantic quantities for a low price. In the Balkans, I’ve lifted my sandwich ban to accommodate pleskavica, cevap, and now, komplet lepinja.
Komplet lepinja is a Zlatibor specialty, though I imagine it’s available somewhere around Belgrade. The flat bread of the sandwich is the “lepinja” part. It’s a bit like pita, but with fluffy dough (is this a term?) inside. The bread is then brushed with lard-relax, it’s basically butter-and grilled. The inside of the sandwich has eggs, kajmak, and prosciutto. Since kajmak and prosciutto are Zlatibor specialties, I’m basically in the best place to try one. So I did. And fell in crazy, fatty love.
If you think this is a simple egg sandwich, you’re wrong. Very wrong, I’m afraid. This is the most gourmet kind of “egg sandwich” you could hope to have in your life. The raw milk kajmak, the proscuitto cured by a nearby family, the fresh bread that is crunchy on the outside, and buttery goodness on the inside…to call it an egg sandwich is to claim that Blimpie’s tuna salad is made in-house. If anything, it’s more like the most delicious chipped beef sandwich than anything resembling an egg sandwich.
The only problem? It’s so huge and filling that I haven’t been able to eat another real meal for 24 hours. I can’t believe it. As Muz says, don’t let my small(ish) size fool you: I can put food down with the best of them. I had plans to try a different komplet lepinje every day I was in Zlatibor, but I couldn’t even think about it today. Don’t worry though, readers: RHOB is a trooper. I’m eating a light dinner so I can try another one in Zlatibor or Macka tomorrow. Now that I’ve found the best sandwich in Serbia, I’m not letting it get away from me quite so easily.
*Eggplant parm and meatball subs are the exception to this rule.