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I love Slovenia and I haven’t even been there. They have an annual festival celebrating roast potatoes, that’s all I need to know. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours Slovenia.

With culinary power houses Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia as neighbours, Slovenia could have very easily and happily sat back and just ordered a plate of whatever they’re having, and yes there are marked influences; but Slovenia holds its own, they have their own distinct dishes and those dishes are goooood. Check out our pasta dumplings with a braised lamb sauce, jammy/chocolatey buns and sauerkraut and borlotti soup in the gallery below, select each image to view the recipe.

A somewhat more unusual dish the Slovenes eat is dormouse stew! Polšja obara.  I found a recipe but I’m pretty sure the measurements are messed up as they estimate the weight of 5 dormice to be 1.5kg.  Now I’m no dormouse expert, but google is and the average dormouse weight reaches an absolute maximum of 43g just before hibernation, it just doesn’t add up and certainly wouldn’t feed ten people as the recipe suggests.  Quantities aside it looks like an interesting recipe, alas (ahem) dormouse meat isn’t readily available in the UK, and I’m not about to go out hunting a protected species for the taste trail.

RECIPES (click to view full recipe)
Slovenia Buhteljni Sweet Bread Roulette
Slovenia Idrijski Zlikrofi Potato Pasta Dumplings
Slovenia Jota Juha Sauerkraut Soup

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AT A GLANCE

POPULATION: 2.06 million (2013 world bank)
CAPITAL: Ljubljana
LANGUAGE/S: Slovene
AREA: 20,273 km2

HOW DO YOU SAY?

HELLO Zdravo
PLEASE Prosim
THANKS Hvala
CHEERS Srečno
BON APPETIT Dober tek
GOODBYE Zbogom

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Recipes (in english)
Recipes (in native language)