Speak about cuisine in Slovenia and your mouth starts watering instantly. Well, the fault is not yours; the wonderful cuisine of Slovenia is to be blamed for our tongues demanding more helpings of the Slovenian food.
The bordering states of Slovenia have distinct national cuisines that are well-famed. Kudos to Slovenia for being able to borrow the culinary specialties from the states and change them to make its own cuisine.
The urban people in Slovenia were more delighted to acquire the German, Austrian and French dishes. It is quite amazing to know that the people of different occupations had their own special dishes and cuisine. For instance, in Slovenia you can relish the dishes of the iron workers, miners, charcoal-burners, craftsmen and foresters.
Slovenian Food that Tingles Your Palate
You can also relish the native delicacies from Slovenia, though these can be found in few numbers.
Among the native Slovenian dishes you can try out the “potica”, "žganci", and "pogaca", named depending on the filling "ocvirkovka" and "špehovka".
These delicacies from Slovenia were so much popular and loved by all that they spread over to the neighboring countries of Slovenia and have been satisfying the palate of the people there too.
Polenta or buckwheat flour cooked in water is called zganci, a simple but fiiling meal similar to porridge. Served with milk or honey it's a dessert but it's also garnish for stews.
Eaten with fried black pudding is a popular and hearty breakfast in rural areas of Slovenia. If you really want some fat and grease than try zagnci with crunchy pork cracklings topped with sour cream.
Referring to cuisine in Slovenia, you can say that a greater part of it is simple. Well, you require a certain amount of knowledge and expertise in cooking “potica”, but for other simple dishes like "kaša", "mocnik" or "šara", no superb skill is required allowing you to try your hand at them without any apprehensions. To taste real traditional Slovene food spend some day at one of the many tourist farms in Slovenia.
The Traditional Slovene Food
At present, you will find that the traditional dishes are changed into well-balanced dishes, which is in vogue with the new insights. The replacements include oil for lard, mushrooms as flavor and not as main dish, veal or chicken for pork and other changes.
Meat and the Slovenians
Dried stockfish is still a popular meal prepared for Christmas. This Slovene food is prepared by pounding the fish till it is tender and following this garlic and olive oil is added to the fish.
The Soca trout is very tasty and it's on the menu in many restaurants in Slovenia. Coat with flour and deep fried is a poular preparation method.
Desserts in Slovenia
The palette of Slovenian sweet dishes includes many central European classics:
Potica a culinary symbol of Slovenia is a yeast-based raised pastry filled with ground walnuts or poppy seed prepared for holidays and festive occasions.
In Prekmurje do taste homemade gibanica (strudel) a phyllo-dough filled with sweet cottage cheese, apple, walnuts cherries.
The Slovenian doughnut is the krof which is traditionally made during the carnival season (February) preceding Lent.
Krof, a luscious doughnut for the Kurentovanje carnival - what better dessert to enjoy culinary moments before Lent?
Struklji are dumpings filled with fruit, jam or cottage cheese.
When in Bled try the local speciality Bled cream cake (kremna rezina): layers of light custard cream and cream between two layers of crunchy puff pastry.
Today, you will find cuisine in Slovenia on the menu of many Slovenian restaurants ("restavracija" or “gostilna”); one can say that the demand for the Slovenian dishes is on the rise. Go to restaurants where you can get authentic food to experience the original taste of a particular Slovenian dish.
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