The cuisine of Croatia - Europe
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The foods of Croatia
Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and is known as a cuisine of the regions, since every region of Croatia has its own distinct culinary tradition. Its roots date back to ancient times. The differences in the selection of foodstuffs and forms of cooking are most notable between those in mainland and those in coastal regions. Mainland cuisine is more characterized by the earlier Slavic and the more recent contacts with Hungarian and Turkish cuisine, using lard for cooking, and spices such as black pepper, paprika, and garlic. The coastal region bears the influences of the Greek and Roman cuisine, as well as of the later Mediterranean cuisine, in particular Italian (especially Venetian). Coastal cuisines use olive oil, and herbs and spices such as rosemary, sage, bay leaf, oregano, marjoram, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and lemon and orange rind. Peasant cooking traditions are based on imaginative variations of several basic ingredients (cereals, dairy products, meat, fish, vegetables, nuts) and cooking procedures (stewing, grilling, roasting, baking), while bourgeois cuisine involves more complicated procedures and use of selected herbs and spices. Charcuterie is part of the Croatian culinary tradition in all regions. Food and recipes from other former Yugoslav countries are also popular in Croatia.
Typical Croatian food
Black risotto. Every seafood restaurant in Croatia has a crni rizot (black risotto) on its menu.
• Strukli. This delicious pastry, filled with cottage cheese and sour cream, originated in Slovenia.
• Pasticada with gnocchi.
• Scampi, mussels or shrimps na buzaru.
• Skradinski risotto.
The regional cuisineAppetizer recipes coming soon
Main recipes coming soon
Side dishes recipes coming soon
Dessert recipes coming soon
Eastern-European - See the recipes
Appetizer recipesBasic hummus
Main recipesAvgolemono - Greek egg lemon chicken soup Barbecued pork steaks Beef strogonoff Chicken salad with couscous Chickpea stew with coconut and turmeric Chickpea-broccoli burgers Cream of pumpkin soup Endives meuniere Falafel Kale tabbouleh Minestrone with cabbage and spinach Rack of lamb with mushroom crust Red pepper bisque Scrambled eggs with caviar
Side dishes recipesOnion parmesan gratin Potato cake Potato eggplant tart Tah-dig persian saffron rice
Dessert recipesApple coffee cake
Cooking in Croatia