dubrovnik cookbook foodWe thought it would be a good idea to show you what’s cooking in Dubrovnik. These simple recepies  we’ll share with you come directly from our nona’s* cookbooks but most of them you will also find in some fancy restaurants. Good news is that from now on you can bring a taste of Dubrovnik to your own table and make these delicious meals at home- wherever it might be. Happy cooking and you can thank us later! 🙂

“Dirty Macaroni” (Makaruli šporki)

  •  Very traditional , Cooked by locals around St. Blasius day

Nothing dirty about this delicious dish. But why “dirty” then? Well, lets just say that this dish is very similar to italian Pasta Bolognese or Ragu di carne, and it’s the havenly meat sauce that makes them a little dirty…

Dubrovnik hostess prepared this meat sauce one day in advance and they would mix it with some pasta. The more people would come fo dinner, the less sauce there would be, so the last guests would get some pasta just a little “dirty” from the sauce. Well, it’s dirty good in our opinion.

What you need (for 4 people):

600 g of beef
1 kg of onion
2 spoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 small spoon of sugar
2 spoons of flour
1 spoon of ground red paprika
200 g of tomato sauce
2 dl of red wine
salt,peper,vegeta
some parsley
some nutmeg for the taste
250g of pasta – macaroni, penna rigata, spaghetti or whatever you prefer:)

  1. Heat some olive oil in a large skitlet and add the onion. Cook it till it turns golden.
    Chop the meat and sprinkle some flour on it. Mix it with the onion and stir it for 2-3 minutes.
  2.  Add the wine and let it vaporize a bit. Add paprika, tomato, salt, sugar, vegeta, garlic ( you can add the whole cloves, and just take them out when the meal is ready).
  3.  Cook on the low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Before it’s ready add some parsely and fresh ground pepper.
  5.  Cook the pasta and mix it with the sauce.

Pro Tip : You can try sprikling some breadcrumbs on the top, instead of parmesan.

Bon appetit! (or how we would say – “U slast!”)

*none – how we call grandma in Dubrovnik