Given Croatia’s location in Europe, its food has many influences. Like its wines, Croatian traditional foods can be divided into two major regions – Coastal and Continental.
Coastal Croatian food is influenced by its proximity to Italy with an emphasis on seafood, pastas, and fresh vegetables with heavy doses of olive oil, herbs, and spices. If you would like to learn more about Croatian food and wine, see chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain tour Istria and other coastal destinations of Croatia in this episode of No Reservations entitled Croatian Coast.
"The next big thing, is Croatia."
- Anthony Bourdain
Continental Croatian food is influenced by Central Europe, Austria, and Hungary in particular. Its cuisine features more meat based dishes, hearty soups and stews, stuffed peppers, and cabbage rolls, called Sarma. While versions of Sarma exist in many countries, Croatians use combinations of beef, pork, and veal then layer the cabbage rolls in sauerkraut.
Croatian desserts are exquisite and include crème cakes, strudels, and fritters, served with strong Croatian coffee.
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