So, You’ve booked your SailWeek this summer and already getting excited about it. What’s your sail Croatia gonna be like? Trust us, It’s going to be amazing.
The best way to get to know Croatia is by having some of the mouthwatering traditional food. If you are a foodie, this is a place for you. Croatian food in general is diverse, owing it to multicultural influences from the surrounding countries.
Dalmatian food was mostly influenced by one of the best cuisines in the world, Italian. If you like Italian, you’ll love Croatian. The main characteristic of Dalmatian food is that we only use fresh ingredients. That means we do everything from the scratch, no processed food allowed!
1. DALMATIAN PROSCIUTTO AND CHEESE PLATTER
Let’s start from the starters. Dalmatian prosciutto or locally, simply called prsut is globally known delicacy as it’s cousins from Italy and Spain. It can be several years old and the meat is smoke or wind dried to become a tender delicacy. When you combine it with selection of best croatian cheese, olive oil and homemade bread you get a perfect starter.
2. OCTOPUS SALAD
With a prosciutto and cheese platter one of the most famous dalmatian starters. Finely chopped octopus combined with fresh tomatoes, parsley, garlic, onion, capers, olives, local olive oil and vinegar.
3. STON OYSTERS
This gem can be found around peninsula Peljesac, near Korcula, one of the stops on our Adventure SailWeek. Freshly harvested oysters from a little coastal town Ston are renowned in this part of Europe. Fresh, grilled, fried, oyster soup or risotto. Whatever you choose you won’t regret.
4. STEWED MUSSELS – BUZARA
Simply prepared mussels stew with white wine, parsley, garlic, tomatoes and breadcrumbs. Light and delicious. Goes perfectly with Dalmatian white wines.
5. BLACK RISOTTO
Cuttlefish risotto is also a must try while sailing Croatia. It’s a dish that can be found in all the menus along the coast. Salty and black with a special flavour that comes from the cuttlefish ink. Your taste buds will thank you.
6. KORCULANSKI MAKARUNI
Homemade hand rolled pasta characteristic for the island of Korcula. Variety of sauces that goes with this pasta is endless.
7. FISH STEW – BRUDET
Traditional dalmatian dish most commonly made from scorpio fish, conger eel, monkfish, shrimps, grouper, mussels and squid all cooked in white wine and prosecco. The more variety of fish, the better the stew. Served with polenta or homemade gnocchi.
Ok, this one screams Dalmatia. Traditional as it gets. Usually can’t be ordered upon your arrival to the restaurant because it takes several hours to prepare so the best way to ensure you’ll enjoy peka for dinner is to ask your SailWeek skipper to organize one for you.
So, What is peka? Peka is a baked dish with meat, fish or octopus and vegetables made in a pot. Pot or a tray is put onto a fireplace and covered with “steel bell” and then covered with ashes and fire. You can make it with any kind of meat you like but the most common ones are veal, lamb, goat, octopus or white fish peka. Get your phones out, this one’s for Instagram!!!
9. PASTICADA – BEEF OR TUNA
Traditional slow cooked sweet and sour beef dish served with homemade gnocchi. Tender and delicious. Perfectly goes with selection of dalmatian red wines.
Bluefin Tuna steaks in red wine, tomato and prosecco sauce served with homemade gnocchi. Bon appetit!
Let’s finish with some sweets. Croatian version of creme brulee, mostly common in the Dubrovnik area. This dalmatian desert is made just with few ingredients. Egg, milk, sugar and lemon peel. Light and sweet. Check out why rozata is listed as one of the Croatian culinary heritage dishes.
If you have any questions regarding this you can always contact our SailWeek information center.