Every country is unique and offers something new. When travelling, it is always exciting to experience new cultures and all the different aspects that are apart of it. One aspect in particular is food and in Croatia there is wide variety of different dishes to try. The broad range of meals are unique and may be familiar, as they are influenced by many different countries such as Greek, Italian, Turkish, French…the list goes on. While you’re visiting try some of these popular dishes!
This traditional meat dish originates from Dalmatia, and is the perfect meal for meat lovers! Essentially it is beef and potatoes, but a lot better and this is why; the beef is marinated for 24 hours in garlic, red wine and a variety of spices such as rosemary and sage giving it a richness of flavour. After marinating the beef, it is then cooked for a few hours surrounded by dried plums, carrots, onions nutmeg and cloves to create a dark coloured sauce that is thick and rich with flavours. This dish is traditionally served with a side of potatoes gnocchi.
Not quite a dish but still something to try! Tartufi is a rare and very valuable mushroom found underground by specially trained dogs in the Istria region. Though these mushrooms are small they have quite a distinctive taste and are said to have aphrodisiac powers! Tartufi is served as a silver or black garnish on pastas or omelettes and are mixed into venison sauces to give them that extra flavour.
A must try for all you adventurous types! This dish is well known for its distinct colour and flavouring, which it gets from the popular croatian ingredient squid ink! Squid ink is a delicacy in Croatia and gives an authentic Mediterranean taste to any meal its added to. In this dish it is mixed into the risotto along with cuttlefish, squid and various herbs. Sprinkle a bit of goat cheese on top for garnish and your good to go!