Gibanica pron. gheebanitsa, is a traditional Balkan pastry dish, usually made with white cheese, now popular throughout the Balkans.
Gibanica is a traditional dish in parts of Balkan region. Varieties and related dishes can also be found in Serbia
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Republic of Macedonia
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where it is usually called Banitsa
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(баница), as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina
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. It is a popular dish in Syria
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as well and known as Shabiyat.
This is one of the most popular and recognizable pastry dishes in Balkans and it is made most often for festive occasions, or simply as a comforting family snack.