Croatia is located in Southern Europe. It is surrounded by the countries of Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. It is often visited by people wanting to get a taste of the past. Split is an ancient city that has a number of Roman ruins in it, and Zagreb, the capital of the nation, also has a number of ruins in it. Omis is a coastal town that boasts of beautiful beaches, as does Ruskamen. The Kornati National Park is frequented by hikers and explorers, as is the Kornati National Park.
Croatian cuisine is divided into a number of different regions. Each region has a different taste that it is known for. For instance, the Slovonian region is known for it’s meat and game dishes, while Istria has light dishes that are of Italian descent. Dalmatia uses Mediterranean influences to create light, tasty dishes, and Middle Croatia is popular for heavy dishes and home-made cheese.
Soup is often served as the first course in some restaurants of Croatia. Manestra is one popular soup. It is created using corn as a base and may include meat. Often, if it has meat in it, it is turned into a stew and is used as a main course. Vegeta is a product that is sold commercially. It is used to season broth. Some add vegetables to it and make a warm winter soup, while others make a light summery soup out of it.
Meat is often cooked and served simply. Veal, Turkey and Lamb are three of the popular proteins. Sometimes these meats are served with dumplings, other times they are cooked and served in a wine sauce. Janjetina is a lamb dish that is made when the lamb is roasted and is served with Mediterranean herbs, while Purgerica is a Christmas turkey that is stuffed with apples, bacon and chestnuts before it is roasted.
Side dishes often include a lot of vegetables. Sataras is a side dish that is made using bell peppers and other vegetables. These vegetables are chopped up an are roasted and served alongside a meat dish. Mlinci is made using thin, dried bread that is doused with boiled water and salt.
Wine is very important in Croatia. It is served with most meals and is becoming a profitable industry for the country. When the Romans ruled Croatia, wine was created and refined. Once the Ottoman Turks came into possession of the country, their anti-alcohol laws prohibited wine from being made. Now that wine is becoming vastly popular in most of the countries in the world again, Croatia is building a thriving wine industry. The warm weather and mild winters are ideal for grape production.