The Croatian Cuisine is absolutely great, mostly prepared with local products. Taste is a great mixture of original Croatian recipes and many that were been developed by the influences of neighboring countries.
The aroma of traditional polenta from Lika or pasta with sour cream from Zagorje, the sweet taste of homemade corn bread, prosciutto, olives, the smell of cooked sausages with cabbage, cabbage rolls, or blood-sausages, salty sardines, Dalmatian pašticada, the taste of strudel from Zagorje or pork cracklings, the smell of donuts or rožata…
Those are the flavors and aromas that remind us of Croatia!
In coastal regions, we can recognize a Medditerannean touch primarily from Italy and France. The northern region was influenced by German and Austrian cuisine, as well as Hungarian of course, while the cuisine in the eastern and southern regions resembles that of Turkish cuisine. From the ancient world, Roman and Illyrian cuisine can also be found in traces in our traditional cookbook.
The diversity of our regions and different influences during the years have created a special and unique Croatian cuisine.
We love a variety of flavors in Croatia. Some we love, some we adore…
Croatians like diverse food and plenty of it. With so many dishes and ingredients to choose from fresh aromatic herbs, fruit, and vegetables, domestic animals, game, salt, sugar, white and red wine, olive and pumpkin oil, apple vinegar… Croatian cuisine has become extremely rich, diverse and delicious.
We are immensely proud at our culinary treasure, and we should share it with others so they can taste and enjoy it as well!
As a proof that Croatians truly relish their national cuisine, they use two different dining expressions when everyone is seated at the dining table. Dobar Tek/ Have a good meal! and U slast/ Enjoy!