Dalmatia - Review, recipe and giveaway

Dalmatia: Recipes from Croatia's Mediterranean Coast by Ino Kuvačić celebrates traditional recipes that capture the fresh, simple cuisine of the Dalmatian region. The title page has a stunning aerial view of the coast line that captured my heart immediately - any place this mesmerizing surely must be home to beautiful cuisine as well.

Ino Kuvačić is a Melbourne-based restaurateur who was born in Split, Croatia where he studied to be a chef. When he relocated to Australia in the late nineties, he worked in a few of the country's most iconic restaurants. This debut cookbook stemmed from his desire to share the food of his native coastal homeland with the world. 

Scampi in Garlic, White Wine and Tomato, Cabbage Sausages, and Croatian Apple Cake along with other sweets unlike any I have come across await us in this beautiful book. Until I can walk along the shores of Croatia, I will be content to prepare and share the dishes of this magical locale. 

My grandmother was Croatian and even though I do not have deep feelings with regard to much of my family this book somehow strangely brings me closer to her. The cuisine of Dalmatia is frugal but inventive and that could be said of how my grandmother cooked. Tomorrow we are having guests over. I hope to make the cabbage with pasta sheets and the zucchini fritters we are sharing here today, I will come back later this weekend and update the post with my photographs if they turn out decently.

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for sharing this recipe that will be perfect to use up the zucchini flooding our gardens. Be sure to scroll down and enter our giveaway.


Zucchini fritters (Fritule od tikvica)
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This is one of my favourite dishes in the warmer months. When I was a child we used to have this for lunch before heading to the beach. My childhood memories are coloured by the bright blues and greens of the Croatian summer - the intense turquoise of the Adriatic Sea and the jewel green of the pine trees and our vegetable garden. Every time I eat zucchini fritters my mind is filled with the memory of these colours and the joys of summer.


3-4 zucchini (courgettes)
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 egg
handful dry breadcrumbs
50 g (1 3/4 oz) plain (all‑purpose) flour
vegetable oil, for shallow‑frying
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Grate the zucchini, season it with salt and put it in a colander set over a shallow plate or bowl. Place a plate on top of the grated zucchini and then something heavy on top of the plate to press the water out of the mixture.  

Leave the zucchini in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then remove and squeeze out any excess liquid with clean hands.

Transfer the zucchini to a mixing bowl. Add the onion, egg, breadcrumbs and flour and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Shape the mixture into small patties with your hands. They can be palm-sized - or whatever size you like.

Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat and cook the patties until they are golden brown. Drain on paper towel then serve hot.

Excerpted with permission from Dalmatia by Ino Kuvačić, published by Hardie Grant Books May 2017.

The publisher, Hardie Grant, is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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  • bevb  on  8/26/2017 at 3:15 PM

    My husbands family is from Split, Croatia. I NEED this amazing book!

  • lgroom  on  8/26/2017 at 3:40 PM

    The chicken and paprika stew sounds good.

  • kmn4  on  8/26/2017 at 4:00 PM

    Red and white baccalá (Bakalar na bijelo i na crveno)

  • rchesser  on  8/26/2017 at 4:19 PM

    Walnut pancakes with chocolate sauce (Palačinke)

  • Suzw  on  8/26/2017 at 5:40 PM

    Sauteéd vegetables with rice (Ðuveđ)

  • Shelley.b  on  8/26/2017 at 6:31 PM

    Zucchini pancakes

  • jaburg  on  8/26/2017 at 7:09 PM

    zucchini pancakes

  • lpatterson412  on  8/26/2017 at 7:39 PM

    I want to try the little doughnuts! Beautiful cover for a cookbook!

  • DarcyVaughn  on  8/26/2017 at 9:42 PM

    Mussel pasta with Dalmatian tomato sauce

  • WildCottage  on  8/26/2017 at 11:35 PM

    Duck with sauerkraut sounds interesting.

  • Siegal  on  8/27/2017 at 9:46 AM

    I want to mAke chicken and paprika stew

  • sgump  on  8/27/2017 at 12:49 PM

    The lentil, apple and pomegranate salad (salata od leće jabuke i nara) sounds nice and light!

  • LaurenE  on  8/27/2017 at 4:50 PM

    Zucchini fritters for sure!

  • bookreadera  on  8/28/2017 at 5:46 AM

    Partridge risotto, subbing in a Cornish game hen

  • Braco777  on  8/28/2017 at 7:27 AM

    The very first recipe: Carrot, capsicum and eggplant soup, since I have them in my fridge. By the way, if someone could send me the recipe?

  • hirsheys  on  8/28/2017 at 8:01 AM

    I'm so intrigued by the cabbage sausages.

  • lean1  on  8/28/2017 at 12:05 PM

    Dalamation mushrooms would be my first choice.

  • Ladyberd  on  8/28/2017 at 1:49 PM

    Goat's cheese crêpes with roast capsicum salsa - YUM!!!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  8/28/2017 at 2:14 PM

    Goat's cheese crepes with roast capsicum salsa!

  • lils74  on  8/28/2017 at 9:20 PM

    Pork skewers - the recipe list includes eggplant, so I'm in!

  • Leahspitzer  on  8/29/2017 at 5:21 AM

    Damnatian mushrooms. We have a trip,planned to Croatia next year, would love to try some Dalmatian recipes!

  • RSW  on  8/29/2017 at 6:14 AM

    Sour Cherry Soup

  • lhudson  on  8/30/2017 at 7:01 AM

    Potato dumplings with beef sauce

  • sarahawker  on  8/30/2017 at 9:08 AM

    Lentil, apple and pomegranate salad (Salata od leće jabuke i nara)

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  8/30/2017 at 1:32 PM

    I think the addition of figs in the pear strudel makes for an intriguing recipe. Pear Strudel it is,

  • InAHealthyKitchen  on  8/30/2017 at 9:27 PM

    The cherry soup sounds amazing. I'd love to make it.

  • love2chow  on  8/31/2017 at 1:50 PM

    Carrot, capsicum and eggplant soup (Juha od mrkve, balancana i crvene paprike), Duck with sauerkraut (Patka sa zeljem)

  • robynsanyal  on  8/31/2017 at 8:47 PM

    Fish soup (Riblja juha)

  • chowfamily  on  9/1/2017 at 10:21 PM

    Mussel pasta with Dalmatian tomato sauce

  • t.t  on  9/2/2017 at 1:32 AM

    Stuffed capsicums (Punjene paprike)

  • sweetmarah  on  9/2/2017 at 4:38 AM

    White bean salad

  • dna  on  9/2/2017 at 6:33 AM

    zucchini fritters

  • jim.windle  on  9/2/2017 at 9:13 AM

    Partridge risotto

  • br22  on  9/2/2017 at 9:47 AM

    The Chicken and Paprika Stew; then the Tomato & Green Bean Salad.

  • Lafauvette  on  9/2/2017 at 1:20 PM

    Definitely the zucchini fritters!

  • njk4  on  9/2/2017 at 2:13 PM

    So many c, I'll start with the stuffed eggplanthoices

  • LMS209  on  9/2/2017 at 2:35 PM

    Dried Fig Bombice

  • RickPearson54  on  9/2/2017 at 3:13 PM

    White bean salad

  • WCchopper  on  9/2/2017 at 4:26 PM

    Mmm brudet!

  • mpdeb98  on  9/2/2017 at 6:25 PM

    Chicken and paprika stew

  • sequoia55  on  9/3/2017 at 1:00 AM

    Chicken and Paprika Stew;

  • sequoia55  on  9/3/2017 at 1:05 AM

    Chicken and paprika stew

  • soffner  on  9/4/2017 at 11:25 AM

    Grilled potato and spring onion salad

  • fbrunetti  on  9/5/2017 at 12:47 PM

    Red and white baccalá

  • davisesq212  on  9/6/2017 at 8:17 PM

    Mussel pasta with Dalmatian tomato sauce is what I would try first!

  • motherofpearl81  on  9/7/2017 at 9:08 AM

    Zucchini Fritters

  • JenJoLa  on  9/7/2017 at 10:02 AM

    Walnut pancakes with chocolate sauce (Palačinke)

  • tarae1204  on  9/7/2017 at 12:39 PM

    Lentil, apple and pomegranate salad

  • bstewart  on  9/8/2017 at 5:58 PM

    The grilled potato and spring onion salad

  • choppergirl  on  9/8/2017 at 7:30 PM

    Croatian potatoes (Restani krumpir)

  • fiarose  on  9/8/2017 at 10:01 PM

    oh man, mediterranean food--this is gonna be a long list. carrot, capsicum and eggplant soup, baked black olives, dalmatian mushrooms, eggplant, potato, and tomato bake, tomatoes stuffed with vegetables, dalmatian fish stew, octopus salad, eel and frogs legs stew (how cool!), lamb stew with tomatoes and peas, dried fig bombice...this looks so beautiful!

  • Karla123  on  9/9/2017 at 2:00 PM

    Dalmatian mushrooms...these would taste so good this fall.

  • PennyG  on  9/9/2017 at 2:17 PM

    Potato dumplings with beef sauce.

  • mrmoas  on  9/9/2017 at 5:33 PM

    Dried fig cake mmm

  • AnnaZed  on  9/10/2017 at 11:48 PM

    Baked black olives (Pečene masline) (page 27) **whoops*** I mistakenly put this info in my tweet entry, and can't change it! Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/907102141256409088 ****************** {in the contest I am Margot C__ on the Rafflecopter}

  • skipeterson  on  9/11/2017 at 4:06 PM

    Lobster risotto (Rižot od jastoga)

  • matag  on  9/12/2017 at 12:14 PM

    Potato dumplings with beef sauce

  • kitchenclimbers  on  9/14/2017 at 11:11 AM

    goat cheese crepes

  • ladybrooke  on  9/15/2017 at 6:57 PM

    Chocolate bombiće

  • Julia  on  9/17/2017 at 8:41 PM

    Tomatoes Stuffed with Tuna and Capers.

  • Scotsman61  on  9/27/2017 at 12:51 AM

    Zucchini fritters With Duck with sauerkraut

  • Teruska  on  9/27/2017 at 6:44 PM

    Stuffed calamari

  • rachael_mc  on  9/30/2017 at 12:54 PM

    Dalmatian mushrooms

  • orchidlady01  on  10/1/2017 at 12:43 AM

    Grilled potato and spring onion salad (Pole od krumpira s mladim lukom)

  • Leebot  on  10/1/2017 at 3:57 PM

    Spring lamb stew with tomato and peas (Janjetina s bižima)

  • Cmgitan  on  10/2/2017 at 10:34 AM

    Artichokes Dalmatian-style!

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