Croatia is a beautiful country on the Adriatic coast, which used to be part of Yugoslavia. Home to around 4 million people, 86% of the country is Roman Catholic, so festivals like Christmas and Easter are very important. Vegan Scampi in Lemon Wine Sauce (The Vegan 8) uses fresh simple ingredients, including sustainably sourced hearts of palm.
The Vegan Pantry by Croatian chef Dunja Gulin
Home to coasts, islands, lakes and mountains – the country also has medieval towns and summer resorts. Fresh veggies are popular, as is seafood of scampi, mussels and shrimp. Oily fish like sardines, anchovies and mackerel are also popular, as are fish stew, risotto and stuffed peppers. Popular desserts are custard puddings, creme caramel, layer cake, donuts, meringue and Lamingtons.
The local wildlife includes brown bears, grey wolves, golden jackals and red foxes, along with salamanders, turtles, terrapins and bottlenose dolphins. Did you know that Dalmation dogs hail from here too? A famous Croatian was Nikola Tesla, who invented many things, yet died in poverty.
Vegan Croatian-inspired Recipes
This recipe from vegan marinated anchovies is from the beautiful book Vegan Recipes from Spain (by a professional chef).
Vegan Shrimp (Olives for Dinner) is made with King Oyster mushrooms.
Vegan Shrimp Scampi (The Vegan Atlas) uses garlic and lemon alongside commercial plant-based shrimp.
Vegan Croatian-inspired Desserts
Vegan Creme Caramel (Full of Plants) is a vanilla custard, with a delicious caramel topping.
Baked Orange Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze (Full of Plants) are gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with orange juice and coconut sugar.
Vegan Meringue Kisses (Addicted to Dates) are made from chickpea brine (the water from canned chickpeas) that mimics egg whites. Coloured with beetroot powder.
White Wine Chocolate Layer Cake (Full of Plants) is a dark chocolate mousse cake made with aquafaba (chickpea brine water to create a vegan meringue).
Fudgy Chocolate Layer Cake (Full of Plants) is gluten-free and has no refined sugar. It is topped with a chocolate cashew frosting.