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Gastro & wine corner
The continental cuisine is typical for its early proto-Slavic roots and more recent contacts with established schools of gastronomy – Hungarian, Viennese, and Turkish. Meat products, freshwater fish and vegetables dominate.

The coastal region is characterized by the influences of the Greeks, Romans, Illyrians and later Mediterranean cuisines – Italian and French. It features many seafood specialties (squid, cuttlefish, octopus, shrimp, lobster...) prepared in various ways, olive oil, prosciutto, various vegetables, Dalmatian wines such as Babić, Malvasia, Prosecco and Vrbnik Žlahtina, and various liqueurs like the famous Maraschino.

In 2008, the national culinary team participated for the first time in the world encounter of chefs and pastry chefs, the Culinary Olympics held in Erfurt, Germany, and won the bronze medal.
 

Croatian Eno-Gastronomy 2012

 
Slavonian wines
Slavonia has excellent conditions for winegrowing and winemaking. In the past, the wines of Slavonia were often found on the tables of emperors and noblemen and it is this tradition that the present Slavonian vineyards derive from: Srijem, Baranja and Đakovo in the east and Kutjevo in the west of Slavonia.

Slavonia has truly excellent capacities for production of large amounts of premium wine, especially white wine. It is hard to say which Slavonian vineyards are better and more tempting: those in Srijem and Baranja in the Danube region, those in Đakovo in East Slavonia or those in Kutjevo in Central Slavonia.

The center of development of Slavonian winemaking is the area around Kutjevo. Enjingi, Krauthaker and PPK Kutjevo are the most important Slavonian winemakers. Eninjgi, and especially Krauthaker, keep experimenting with new varieties, which definitely erases Slavonia’s Graševina monoculture image as it was six or seven years ago.
 
Gastronomy | Regions
Slavonia
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Slavonia
The Slavonian dining table groans most of all with tasty ham, Kulen sausage and Kulen's sis sausage whilst in the typical Slavonian pot there is “grah čobanac [shepherd’s bean stew] and “fiš paprikas” [fish stew with hot red pepper] that is washed down with the not to be missed glass of plum schnapps.
 
Lika - Karlovac
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Lika - Karlovac
The most famous gastro item of this region is the Lika potato, which has a Protected Geographical Indication (PDI). If you want to try a proper Lika menu start with an aperitif of plum or pear schnapps or perhaps a berry liqueur, then have some škripavac cheese and slices of dried game and then go for the main dish – traditional Lika baked potatoes with lamb cooked under the embers in an iron bell.
 
Kvarner
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Kvarner
The key eno/gastro words of Kvarner are Vrbnička Žlahtina, Trojšćina, Kvarner scampi, lamb, “šurlice”, chestnuts and Rab cake.
 
Istria
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Istria
In Istrian inns the order of things is as follows: first an aperitif of mistletoe, rue or honey schnapps, followed by cheese and prosciutto accompanied with Istrian soup, and during the spring scrambled egg made from asparagus. In terms of the main dish, you can choose from either continental or seafood dishes.
 
Dalmatia - Zadar
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Dalmatia - Zadar
For an aperitif, try a glass of the famous Maraschino, a desert liqueur made from the autochthonous Maraska cherries. Follow this with some Pag cheese, which is the most highly prized cheese in Croatia made from the small sheep who eat the aromatic Mediterranean plants on the island of Pag.
 
Dalmatia - Šibenik
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Dalmatia - Šibenik
Start with a morsel of cheese ripened in a lamb sack and Drniš prosciutto washed down with a glass of red wine from Primosten's Babić.
 
Dalmatia - Split
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Dalmatia - Split
In Split, try the famous “dalmatinska pašticada” [Dalmatian stew], a meat dish that takes two days to prepare. If you want some more simple tastes then there are the aromatic Viška, Forska and Komiška “pogaca”...
 
Dalmatia - Dubrovnik
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Dalmatia - Dubrovnik
Try the Ston oysters and mussels here, which are considered to be some of the tastiest and finest shell fish in the Adriatic. Asides from lamb and veal cooked in embers under an iron bell, this region’s gastronomic chapter consists of eel and frog stew from the Neretva valley.
 
City of Zagreb
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City of Zagreb
With its roots in the Austro Hungarian tradition, Zagreb’s gastronomic offer consists of so-called “purgerski” cooking with dishes such as “Grenadir marša”, pasta with onion and cheese or the “Kajzeršmarn” desert that is very much like a pancake.
 
Central Croatia
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Central Croatia
Start with cow’s cheese and cream, then have some traditional Podravina cheese called Prge together with a slice of Samobor salami and spicy Samobor mustard.
 
 

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