Traditional recipes

Pašticada (Dalmatian Beef Stew)

Pašticada is a traditional Dalmatian meal, a beef stew which is served on solemn or festive occasions like a wedding or receiving a larger number of guests.


1,5-2 kg beef round
– 5 garlic cloves, sliced
– 100 g bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
– wine vinegar
– 1 tbsp lard
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 3 large onions, quartered
– 2 carrots
– 1 celery root, quartered
– 1 tsp flour
– 4 cloves
– 2 tbsp tomato purée
– 100 ml prosek
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1/2 cup red wine
– 3 lemon slices
– 3 prunes
– salt
– pepper

Pierce the meat with a sharp pointed knife at random and insert slivers of garlic and pieces of bacon in.
Place the beef into a pan; cover with vinegar and leave it overnight.

Remove meat from vinegar. Season it with salt and pepper. Put in a roasting dish together with olive oil, lard, onions, celery root and carrots. Cover and roast for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven. Take the meat out of the sauce.

Purée the vegetables with roast dripping. Add flour, cloves, tomato purée, prosek, sugar, red wine, lemon slices and prunes. You can also add some vinegar, if you like.

Cut the meat into 1 cm thick slices, and put back into the sauce. Cook until meat is tender.
Serve with potato gnocchi. Sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese when serving.