With the traditional Slovenian food we can prove to you that the saying “love goes through the stomach” is true. Hope you are not too hungry 😉
Even though Slovenia is a small country, it has a lot of traditional foods, that differ greatly from one another. You can buy Slovenian food and home-made products in a market place and in specialised stores. Such as, quality cheeses and dairy products, cured meat products, excellent wines, and honey, where Slovenia has one of the most rich beekeeping traditions in the world.
For starters, we introduce you some of the well-known Slovenian food.
1. Kranjska Klobasa (Carniolan sausage)
Carniolan sausage is the most known Slovenian food, which has been named »kranjska« for the first time in 1896 and became protected in 2015. It originated in Gorenjska region, from where it has spread on across Slovenia. The storytellers of old Ljubljana consider it as an important part of the menu at ceremonial and important events. This protected Slovenian food is smoked and must contain at least 68% of pork, 12% of beef, and no more than 20% of bacon.
(Alpine Slovenia, Gorenjska)
Potica is a cake made of dough, filled with various fillings, and is the most typical Slovenian dessert. We know more than 80 different types of fillings, from which tarragon (»pehtranova«), walnut, cracknels (»ocvirki«) and poppy are the most famous.
3. Prekmurska gibanica (Prekmurian Layer Cake)
Prekmurian layer cake is a juicy dessert, stuffed with poppy seeds, cottage cheese, walnuts and apples. The funny literal translation of this Slovenian food is actually “Over-Mura Moving Cake” but the popular translation is just Prekmurian Layer Cake. It is also protected by the “Recognised trademark of traditional reputation”, so it can only be manufactured under this name after the original recipe.
(Pannonia Slovenia, area of Prekmurje)
4.Kraški Pršut (the Karst Prosciutto)
Another very famous Slovenian food is Karst Prosciutto. Prosciutto is a top product of the centuries-old tradition of salting and drying meat on the Karst bora. It is on the air-dried pork thigh, with which a glass of Teran or red Karst wine go the best.
(Slovenia’s sea side, area of Karst)
Štruklji is a traditional Slovenian food made from a dough with a variety of fillings, which can be eaten as an individual dish or a side dish. They can be prepared from different types of dough, baked or cooked, sweet or salty. The best known Štruklji are cottage cheese, tarragon (»pehtranovi«), walnut, apple and poppy.
Žganci is one of the simplest and most popular Slovenian food or a side dish. Especially those prepared from buckwheat flour and richly dressed with cracknels. Non the less, the buckwheat Žganci are considered a typical Slovenian farm dish. If you leave out the cracknels, you get a very healthy dish, which goes especially well with sour milk, mushroom soup, cabbage and chicken stew.
(area of Koroška)
7. Jota (Yota)
Our grandmothers loved to cook Slovenian food called Jota. There were fewer foods in the winter so the housewives had to be quite resourceful. Turnip and cabbage, potatoes and beans are common residents of the home cellar, and excellent as they can be prepared in many ways. Today you can order Jota practically in any mountain cottage, or if made at home, you can save it in your freezer for many days.
Močnik is an old Slovenian food that began to appear in the Lower Carniola (Dolenjska) kitchen. They made it from various types of flour. Most popular Močniks’ are milk, buckwheat or corn. In some places, they also stir them into a clear soup.
9. Prežganka (»Prežgana župa«)
Prežganka is a soup. It is made by roasting and browning the flour (on an olive oil), then adding the water and salt, and once it boils, a scrambled egg is added to it. It is a typical dish of Trieste countryside. However, they also make it across the whole Slovenia as a dietary supplements for digestive disorders.
10. Štefani Pečenka
Štefani pečenka is a meat loaf with hard boiled eggs, which is very easy to make. It is a classical Slovenian food and is especially welcomed during certain holidays (e.g. Easter Holidays).