The lovely people at Foods Unearthed are compiling recipes from 193 countries and we sent them Makalo to represent Macedonia. A garlicky meze made from mashed potatoes and dry peppers topped with hot crushed peppers heated briefly in olive oil. We enjoy this as a meze item spread on rustic bread or as a side serving for chicken or fish.


  • 20 dry red peppers
  • 1kg Russet potatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tbsp hot crushed peppers


  • First boil 20 dry red peppers in water together with the potatoes
  • Then smash the 4 cloves of garlic in the pestle and mortar
  • Take a spoon and scoop the flesh from the peppers and put it in with the garlic
  • Peel the potatoes and smash them also in the mortar with the peppers and garlic
  • Take the same hot water you were using to boil the peppers/potatoes and add 250ml in with the tomato puree and pour that over the potatoes
  • Season to taste
  • Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil and add 1 tbsp of hot crushed peppers. Pour it over the rest of the mashed ingredients
  • Mix it together and serve it as a meze item or with meat or fish!
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