Ten dishes you need to try when visiting Croatia

Ten dishes you need to try when visiting Croatia
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YES, WE do have great football players the world won’t stop talking about, but we also have some absolutely brilliant dishes everyone should try at least once. If you haven’t had čvarci, you haven’t lived.

But, there’s even more. These are the ten dishes you absolutely need to try.

1. Sarma


Objavu dijeli Ivan (@thisis1van)

A traditional Croatian dish made of ground meat, rice and spices, wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves and boiled.

2. Brudet


Objavu dijeli ChefCrazyChef (@pero7777)

One of the most popular dishes of the Mediterranean cuisine. Slow cooked sea fish, onions, tomatoes, wine, and herbs. It is usually served with polenta.

3. Štrukli


Objavu dijeli World Food (@feastyourworld)

Štrukli are a dish from the mountainous Croatian region Hrvatsko Zagorje, and along roast turkey with mlinci, it’s the most popular dish of that region. Štrukli are prepared with freshly made dough and a creamy cottage cheese filling. They can be baked or boiled.

4. Grilled fish


Objavu dijeli @croatianfood

If you visit Dalmatia, you must try this simple, yet amazing dish. The fish is prepared on a previously heated grill and it’s drizzled with olive-oil-drenched rosemary while being grilled. After it is grilled, while still hot, it’s seasoned with a mixture of home-made olive oil, vinegar, finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Traditionally, you will drink wine with it.

5. Čvarci


Objavu dijeli Karla Ivček (@ifchekica)

The favourite snack of many, this delicacy is made of fried pig fat. They are kept dry, and served as a snack or as an appetizer with bread.

6. Octopus salad

This salad is ideal for hot summer days and it’s very simple to make. It’s made of octopus, onions, parsley, olive oil, and vinegar.

7. Roasted lamb on the spit


Objavu dijeli Luka Trbovic (@lukatrbovic)

Lamb on the spit is a Croatian favourite. If you don’t like lamb, you can have roasted pig, a similarly prepared dish made of pork meat.

8. Pašticada


Objavu dijeli Lilly Bb (@food_by_lilly)

Pašticada is a traditional Dalmatian dish made of beef round, and its preparation takes quite some time. The meat needs to be marinated in vinegar or wine and then cooked for several hours. It is usually served with gnocchi or noodles.

9. Peka


Objavu dijeli Manuel Brnjić (@zodijak)

Peka is an iron lid or a "bell" which is put over a pot and then covered with hot coal, which makes it into something like a slow-cooker. You can use this to prepare various kinds of meat, such as lamb or pork, but also octopus, potatoes, and other vegetables.

10. "Black risotto"

Black risotto is one of the best known Dalmatian delicacies and the specific black colour of this dish comes from cuttlefish ink. It’s made of rice, cuttlefish, cuttlefish ink, onions, garlic, red wine, and olive oil.

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