Scrambled eggs with cheese and peppers: this is more or less the concept of Mish Mash. A very easy and tasty dish, perfect for summer but also all year round, Mish Mash is a totally unpretentious comfort meal that you can make in several different ways. Read on to learn how to make this comfort dish in less than 30 minutes from scratch.
What is Mish Mash
As the name suggests it, this dish is a mixture of ingredients cooked in a pan. It is a primary vegetarian meal, even though variations with minced meat exist too. There are so many options that someone could write a whole cookbook just with Mish Mash recipes. Or rather, it is a dish that everyone makes their own way.
Where do I know the recipe from
This recipe is made in every family in Bulgaria. It is probably the second food after scrambled eggs that people make for dinner when they are out of options. This particular recipe is representing the “standard” way of cooking Mish Mash, however the variations are endless.
Standard ingredients and preparation
The most common ingredients for this dish are: eggs, sirene (Bulgarian white cheese), peppers (any colour), tomatoes, onion and oil. First the vegetables are cooked in oil and then the eggs and crumbled cheese are added. When the eggs are cooked, the dish is ready.
Find the detailed instructions and the ingredient quantities below the post!
Here are the most common ingredient alternatives. The list might not be complete but it can give you an idea what else you can add:
- Omit onion and/ or cheese: that’s how my mom and grandma cooked Mish Mash for me when I was a kid as I hated both ingredients.
- Use roasted peppers
- Add other vegetables like aubergines, zucchini, leeks, etc.
- Add minced meat
- Add spices like parsley, savory, basil, oregano, garlic.
- Apart from the ingredients, you can also change the quantities: you can add more peppers and tomatoes, more cheese or more eggs: whatever you like the most.
- Traditionally this dish is made with a lot of oil but if you use a non stick pan, you can use just few tablespoons.
Mish Mash is served hot, usually with a lot of bread. It is perfect for dinner and lunch but you can also eat it for breakfast, like scrambled eggs. You don’t really need any other side dish with it apart from the bread as it contains vegetables.
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- 3 large peppers (see notes)
- 1 onion optional
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 cup / 150 g crumbled cheese (see notes)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 tbsp olive oil (see notes)
- salt to taste
- black pepper optional
- chopped parsley optional
- Clean the onion and the peppers and chop them in small pieces.
- Halve the tomatoes and grate the inside part, leaving the skin out.
- In a bowl beat lightly the eggs and add the cheese. Season with salt and pepper (if necessary).
- Heat the olive oil and cook the onion in it until translucent. Add the peppers and cook for few minutes. Add the grated tomatoes and mix very well. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated.
- Finally add the eggs mixed with the cheese. Cook until the eggs are done.
- Serve immediately with bread. Optionally sprinkle fresh parsley on top.
- Peppers: You can use any kind of large sweet peppers such as bell peppers. The colour is not important, even better if they are different. Alternatively in the winter you can use roasted peppers from a jar (commonly sold in Bulgaria).
- Cheese: Traditionally for this recipe is used white Bulgarian cheese: sirene, which is similar to feta. You can use feta, cottage cheese or ricotta.
- Oil: The most commonly used oil in Bulgaria is sunflower oil, however I prefer olive oil since it is much healthier and adds an additional flavour. Generally you can use any cooking oil you have.
- Salt: sirene and feta are normally salty so if you use one of them, extra salt is not necessary.
- Spices: Spices are not mandatory for this recipe. However different spices are used in some variations of the dish.