If you haven’t heard, Croatia offers excellent culinary experiences in addition to all the cool beaches, stunning islands and historic sites! Dalmatia in Croatia is the region I live in when in the country and I know the cuisine here very well. The most popular cities in Dalmatia are Dubrovnik, Split, Šibenik and Zadar.
The Mediterranean cuisine is my favorite! I love the authentic Dalmatian meals a lot! Let me introduce you to five of them, which you must try when visiting. All of these are popular all around Croatia, including the capital Zagreb, but originate from Dalmatia.
Pašticada (Beef with vegetables sauce)
Pašticada, or Dalmatinksa (Dalmatian) pašticada, is my favorite meal on this list! It is very typical for the region of Dalmatia and it has been around for centuries.
Pašticada is prepared with beef cooked together with onions, garlic, parsley and tomatoes until the vegetables blend into a sauce. Many locals add bacon to this lovely mix. Actually, some of the ingredients vary in the different cities. Some locals love to add dried figs or plums or both, while others cook the meal with wine.
The meat has to be cooked for several hours to get the sauce right. Furthermore, the meat has to be marinated 24 hours in advance. Still, the final result is so delicious that it is totally worth it!
Finally, pašticada is usually served with pasta or gnocchi. Yummy!
Brudet (Fish stew with tomatoes)
Brudet or brodet is a fish stew prepared with tomatoes, onions and garlic. Wine can be also added. As for the fish, this meal also has variations. Many cook it with several types of fish, while other prefer to prepare brudet with conger eel, mussel, cuttlefish or monkfish.
Either way, brudet is a typical local meal that you should try while being in Croatia.
Skradinski rižot (Skradin risoto)
Similar to pašticada, this risoto coming from the lovely city of Skradin, is prepared for many hours. You’ll need at least 7-8 hours to get the recipe right. The main ingredients are rise, beef and red onions. The meat tooks the longer time to prepare as it has to become paste-like. Some add proschuto to the mix.
When it is finally ready, locals combine it with parmesan and local cheeses.
Dagnje na buzaru (Mussel Stew)
Unlike some of the meals on this list, dagnje na buzaru can be prepared in less than an hour. You’ll just need to cook the mussels with some olive oil, garlic, fresh parsley and wine until the shells open. Bread crumps need to be added in the middle of the cooking.
Dagnje na buzaru can be served as a started before another fish meal. That’s the way I appreciate it the most.
Fritule (Croatian doughnuts)
I had to include a nice sweet dessert in this delicious list. Fritule are little doughnuts usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can try them in many restaurants as a finishing touch to the main course you had. Fritule are also sold at fast food stands across Dalmatia and Croatia.
This lovely dessert contains a lot of calories, being fried, but you are on vacation, remember? 😉
Find out more interesting dessert recipes at my friend Silviya’s food blog. You’ll love her ideas!
Have you tried any of this meals? Are you going to?