Have a Ball at Serbia’s Testicle Cooking Championship

Every year, teams of chefs from all over Serbia, gather in the remote mountain village of Ozrem to cook various testicle dishes, in the World Testicle Cooking Championship.

For most people, the mere thought of eating any kind of testicles is sickening, but for the Serbians, who believe testicles contain a lot of testosterone which helps men’s libidos, it’s just a welcome challenge. So, to turn it into a competition, Ljubomir Erovic created the World Testicle Cooking Championship, back in 2005. Since then, it’s been organized every year, and more and more tourists come to try, or see others stuff their faces with various testicle-based foods. The festival has become so popular that Erovic, a seasoned testicle cook, has even published a testicle cookbook.

The motto of the event is “Scots have their scotch, the Swiss – their cheese, and we, the Serbs, have balls,”, and judging by the number of testicles cooked and consumed by the audience, I’d say that’s very true. The cooks use testicles from all kinds of animals and birds, including bulls, pigs, ostriches, roosters, kangaroos, or turkeys. Each of them have original recopies which they hope will land them the annual prize and the title of testicle cooking champion.

Dishes include testicle pizza, testicle moussaka, goulash, testicles in Bechamel sauce, but just in case you’re not a fan of cooked balls, you can find roast beef and lamb served as side dishes. Apart from awards for the most delicious testicle dishes, judges also award prizes to the ballsiest people of the year. Last year, one of the winners was American president Barrack Obama, for becoming the most powerful man on Earth during troubled economical and political circumstances, thus proving he has balls.

This year, the  Testicle Cooking Championship in Ozrem will take place on September 2nd.