Have you ever wondered what makes Dalmatia food so special and unique representative of Mediterranean cooking? In a few words, this cuisine highlights are simplicity and naturalness.
Local recipes are passed between generations for centuries and defended with great pride. Attributing epithets like easy, low-fat, moderately spicy, ‘boiled' to local cuisine would undoubtedly be – Dalmatian cooking.
Typical Dalmatia Food Plate
So, what will you find on a typical Dalmatian plate? The abundance of fresh or cooked vegetables, typically local greens, homemade cheeses, of course, lots of fish, and all other seafood (clams, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, lobster, shrimp……).
“Dalmatian cuisine is typically the Mediterranean under the strong influence of Italian ways of cooking. This impact is due to the geographical position and historical influence on Dalmatia and its islands”.
Thin slices of air-dried Dalmatian prsut (prosciutto) are often on the appetizer list, served with olives and cheese and followed by a variety of meat dishes (like pasticada) or grill meat (Veal and lamb prepared under a baking bell).
Fish like bream, sea bass, gilthead, grouper, mackerel, sardines, the primary protein source, are prepared in Dalmatia in different ways, boiled, fish soup, dense fish stews, risottos, grilled, baked in the oven, marinated, and salted. (like focaccia filled with salted sardines known as Vis Pogaca (island Vis).
Meat In Dalmatia Food
When talking about meat, the first kind that everyone has on the mind is ham, smoked Dalmatian ham, better known as Prsut, ham dried during Bura wind. Other appreciated meats are lamb and mutton.
The second one is Pasticada meat dish, cult Dalmatian dish with its sweet-sour-salty taste.
In my family this Dalmatian meal has always been one of the preferred Christmas lunch meals.
Dalmatia Dishes Varieties
It is important to emphasize that in the specific way of preparing individual dishes, which varies from place to place so that you can find differences between island cuisine or it's better to say that one type of food is prepared only on this place like:
- Brac island Vitalac – a traditional Brac dish prepared of lamb innards, typically grilled.
- Hvar island goat cheese in olive oil with pepper.
- Hvar Gregada – A typical Hvar dish of several kinds of fish, boiled with potatoes.
- Focaccia on Vis island (Vis and Komiza towns).
- Rozata – Dubrovnik dessert.
- Sinj Arambasici a Dalmatian hinterland specialty.
- Pasticada – cult Dalmatian dish,
- Black Squidoo risotto.
- Dalmatian Fritters (fritule or hrustule).
- Dalmatian Brodetto (Fish Stew).
- Scampi and shells – ‘alla buzara.’
My advice is to keep an open mind and try as many dishes as you can during your vacation, and I’m sure you’ll find quite a few which you’ll miss when you get back home.