Top 5 Dalmatian Food Specialties to Taste
Croatia is well known for good food, and its cuisine is a tasty mixture of many regions
If you want to experience the true Croatia, you have to visit Dalmatia. Dalmatia is the heart and soul of Croatia, a truly magical region where you can enjoy great food, beautiful sea and unrealistic nature scenery. Dalmatia is well known for its many secluded and beautiful beaches, coves, inlets and islands.
Hvar Croatia, the island of natural beauty
There are over 1000 islands that belong to the Dalmatian region, most of them are small and uninhabited, but all of them are characterized with picturesque nature and crystal clear waters.
The Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) on the island of Brač
Trogir declared the most beautiful island city in the world by National Geographic
Trogir declared the most beautiful island city in the world by National Geographic. Since 1997, the historic centre of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Dubrovnik, Trogir, Split, Sibenik and Zadar are all stunningly beautiful old towns, with lots of monasteries, monuments from ancient Greeks and Roman empire buildings. Summer months give especial charm to Dalmatian towns, when summer music, art and food festivals are filling in all the squares, streets and plazas across the towns. No matter whether you go to Makarska, Vodice or Omis to spend your summer vacation, or you want to enjoy the nature of the Krka waterfalls or Kornati archipelago – you will definitely enjoy your days and nights with nice atmosphere and good food.
The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort. Photo: Kornati Archipelago by Marina Kornati
The famous Dalmatian cuisine
Dalmatian coastal cuisine has mainly Mediterranean flavor, with fish delicacies being among the top foods, and widespread usage of olive oil in the cooking process.
Croatia Dalmatian cuisine is very healthy and it is easily digested. It has a unique identity unlike any other cuisine. The tradition for grilling fish and other sea delicacies has been passed on from one generation to another. So-called method “gradelavanje” is what gives the fish a distinct and beautiful taste.
Dalmatian cuisine is a typically Mediterranean under the strong influence of Italian way of cooking.
Top five traditional Dalmatian food that you absolutely should taste
Among the many beautiful dishes to try, the following are the top five traditional Dalmatian foods that you should taste this summer:
Grilled fish – “Riba na gradele”
Although it sounds simple, it is definitely special thing to try. The process of getting the fish and its preparation is truly exceptional and done with lots of love. Fishermen deliver fresh fish, which you can personally pick, and the chefs then season it with many tasty, distinct herbs.
Top five traditional Dalmatian food
Risotto is black because of the cuttlefish that produces black color for this dish. The black ink that comes from the cuttlefish is considered a natural anti-depressant, which makes this dish both healthy and delicious. It goes great in combination with cheese.
This dish has an intense seafood flavour and smell. It’s certainly not for those who don’t absolutely love seafood!
Dalmatian Octopus under Peka
Dalmatian Octpus under “Peka” can be described as Octopus prepared under baking lid. Potatoes are also added, and it takes a few hours before peka gets finished. The ingredients which are spiced with herbs and olive oil are placed on an iron pot where they cook slowly, while being under a hot lid.
Peka is one of the best known traditional Croatian dishes. Though simple at first glance, «Peka» requires a great deal of skill and experience.
Pašticada is very popular among the meat lovers. It takes a special care for this traditional dish to be prepared. Beef is the main ingredient, which is laid in a marinade overnight, and it takes a few hours for this dish to be properly cooked. It is usually served together with gnocchi.
Beef slow-cooked in balsamic vinegar and prune sauce) in the garden of the old mill is a typical Dalmatian dish which has traditionally been served on special occasions and it was considered a real festive meal that could be served only by wealthy families on special occasions. Photo: Tour Dalmatia
Dalmatian pršut (prosciutto)
This a great appetizer that goes well with cheese, served alongside homemade bread. It is a dry and smoked ham, but with a unique taste, unlike dry hams from other countries.
Production of prosciutto in Dalmatia dates back to Ancient Roman times. Roman legionaries methods of preserving the pork meat by means of smoking and salting spread as Roman dominion advanced. Since those times the skills and methods of prosciutto production have carried from generation to generation, and with time developed into a procedure specific to the region of Dalmatia.
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