Croatian Recipes

Pancakes with cottage cheese (Palacinke sa sirom)

Heat a few drops of oil in a non-stick frying pan. Ladle batter into hot pan, tilting the pan in a circular motion until batter thinly covers the whole pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat, then turn over and cook another 30 sec. Makes 6 large or 8 small pancakes.


Preheat oven to 3500 F. Mix together all ingredients, spread across centers of pancakes and roll them up. Place the rolled pancakes in a rectangular baking pan. Mix beaten egg and sour cream and pour over pancakes. Bake 25 minutes uncovered.

Spinach pie (Pita sa spinatom)

Pre-heat oven to 3500 F. Mix together cottage cheese, sour cream, beaten egg, and salt. Mix in spinach. Thinly oil a 9x12 baking pan. Cover bottom of pan with 1 layer of tortillas. Brush oil thinly on top of tortillas, then spread evenly with spinach mixture. For all subsequent layers, tortillas must be brushed with oil on both sides. Repeat layering process with remaining ingredients. Tortillas must form the top layer. Bake 45 min. at 3500 F. Remove from oven, brush top with water and cover with a clean towel for 10 min., then serve. May also be eaten cold. Makes 6 servings.

above two recipes from Mira Tomas


Bake eggplants and sweet peppers at 350: F until tender when pierced with a fork. Peel skin from hot vegetables and chop or mince the vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in the garlic and lemon juice. Gradually stir in as much of the oil as the vegetables will absorb. Mix well. Pile into a glass dish and sprinkle with parsley.

Source: Jane Rinear, "Our Favorite Recipes," St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church

Lamb Soup (Janjeca juha)

Thoroughly wash meat and vegetables and cut into cubes. Cut the Savoy cabbage into strips. Mix the egg yolks with the sour cream and lemon juice. Chop the parsley. Place the meat in a fair amount of water and bring to the boil. Skim well, add cubed vegetables, onion, garlic cloves, bay leaf, salt, pepper and spices. Boil the cabbage separately. Cook rice in salted water, drain and rinse well under cold running water. As soon as the meat is tender, strain the soup and set the meat and vegetables aside. Slowly add the egg yolk, sour cream, etc. mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Then add the rice, meat and vegetables and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Source: Croatia Net website at

Black Grape Appetizer (Mantala od Grozdja)

Crush grapes until you have a gallon of juice; strain and cook boiling until 1/2 liquid is left. Add slowly 1 1/2 (cups? -KM) whole wheat flour, stirring constantly over low flame. Add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 2 cups sugar before flour. Add lemon juice. Pour into 9 x 13-1/3 x 2-inch deep pan. Let cool in pan 2 days. Slice in 2x3 inch squares. Serve with drinks. Makes 18 squares.

Source: Anka Prkacin, "Our Favorite Recipes," St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church

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