Origin

Croatian cuisine can be divided into a few regional cuisines such as Istrian cuisine, Dalmatian, Slavonian, Zagorje's cuisine... each influenced by the neighbouring countries or historically, conquering super powers. Croatia's mainland cuisine is characterized by the earlier Slavic and more recent contacts with Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish culture - a lot of meat, lard and spices (especially paprika) while the coastal region bears the influences of the Mediterranean cuisine - Greek, Italian (especially Venetian) and French - a lot of olive oil and fresh herbs. Although, variations of most of the dishes are found across the whole country.

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The most famous meat dish (although it also has a mollusc variation) is the "Peka / Ispod peke" or in rough translation “under the bell”. Mostly lamb or veil (or an octopus) are being cooked under a domed clay or metal bell covered with hot coals so that the meal is cooked slowly in its own juices. It is usually accompanied with a lot of potato (prepared in the same method) and a seasonal salad or/and soup.
Soups are an integral part of a meal in Croatia and there isn't a Sunday or special occasion without it. The soups are usually broth based with added pasta or dumplings and vegetables. The meat from the soup (baby beef) is usually served aside and tastes delicious with a bit of mustard!
Stews are very popular in Slavonia and Central Croatia (with a little meat and some vegetables you could make a meal for the whole family in times of poverty). Some of the most popular stews are fish stew (fis paprikas - Slavonia), beef stew Pasticada (Dalmatia)..
When it comes to pasta, thanks to the Italian influence, it is very popular especially in on the coast. Istria has many meals with home made pasta such as Fuzi.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

  • This is a specialty of the Slavonia region. It is a tasty thick soup for cold winter days.

    • Ready in: 60 min
    • Complexity: easy
    • Origin: Slavonia
    Prosciutto and melon with shrimp tails

    Prosciutto and melon with shrimp tails

  • It's not really a recipe but the cool melon and the salty prosciutto make an excellent combination and with added shrimp tails is an excellent summer appetizer.
    • Ready in: 30 minutes
    • Complexity: easy
    • Origin: Dalmatia

    Figs and wine for your cold

    Figs and wine for your cold

  • Winter brings snow, happiness, gifts and.. colds. So here's an old Dalmatian recipe for preventing colds and sore throats. Also, warning, there is a warning inside...

    • Ready in: 15 minutes
    • Complexity: very easy
    • Origin: Dalmatia
    Fried olives

    Fried olives

  • A tasty, easy starter excellent when combined with a home-made schnapps.
    • Ready in: 20 minutes
    • Complexity: very easy
    • Origin: Dalmatia

    Ravioli with Asparagus

    Ravioli with Asparagus

  • Although not many enjoy preparing their pasta at home, this is a simple recipe from Istria, very popular in Spring when fresh asparagus are available.

  • Zucchini and mozzarella casserole

    Zucchini and mozzarella casserole

  • A simple vegetable dish that highlights the summer flavours. Serve it as a meal for itself or as a side dish.
    • Ready in: 45 minutes
    • Complexity: medium
    • Origin: Dalmatia

    Buzara Style Shrimps

    Buzara Style Shrimps

  • This is a very simple and delicious recipe loved among locals in Dalmatia. It is also the most popular way to prepare fresh shrimps.

    • Ready in: 40 min
    • Complexity: easy
    • Origin: Dalmatia
    Granatir or Grenadier march

    Granatir or Grenadier march

  • "Granatir" or "Grenadier March" is a very simple dish originating from Slavonia. Its name suggests that it was made as a meal for soldiers (grenadiers) before long marches.

    • Ready in: 30 min
    • Complexity: very easy
    • Origin: Slavonia

    Black risotto

    Black risotto

  • Black cuttlefish risotto is a dish which you will see on all menus along the coastline from Istria to Dubrovnik. It is a dish with a special flavor which will captivate your taste buds.

  • Hake Soup

    Hake Soup

  • This nice, clear soup is an excellent starter for seafood meals. It requires minimum effort and invigorates.

    • Ready in: 30 min
    • Complexity: very easy
    • Origin: Dalmatia

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