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[VIDEO] Croatian Recipes: Lovačka Juha


Croatia Week have teamed up with Fini Recepti to bring you your favourite Croatian recipes…

Croatian TV chef Almo Čatlak this year completed 10 years of his cooking show ‘TV-kuhanja’ (TV-cooking). Čatlak’s show, which shows viewers how to prepare a meal from start to finish in a 3-4 minute clip, was broadcast on Croatian TV for the past decade. In that period Čatlak has produced over 2,000 videos.

Croatia Week has teamed up with the crew at Fini Recepti to bring you those recipes in English. We will feature the recipes, everything from simple, quick everyday meals, to complicated festive delicacies, cakes and jams, twice weekly on our site.




Lovačka juha od divljači (Game stew)

Ingredients (serves 4 people)

Deer meat – 500 g
Flour – 20 g
Onions – 2 red
Wine vinegar – teaspoon
Red wine – 120 ml
Meat stock – 500 ml
Tomato concentrate – 30 g
Cloves – 4-5
Back pepper – 10 corns
Bay leaf – 2
Majoran – dried – 1/2 teaspoon
Thyme – dried – 1/2 teaspoon
Rosemary – I branch
Mushrooms (Boletus) – 250 g
Gin – 20 ml
Red paprika powder – 1 tablespoon


1. In a pot fry the chopped red onions in olive oil (add salt) on a medium heat until they are soft. Add in the flour and fry for another 1-2 minutes

2. Add the wine vinegar and half of the red wine and continue to stir. Once it thickens add the stick and keep mixing until it comes to the boil

3. Once it boils add around 330 ml of water, tomato concentrate, majoran, thyme, cloves, black pepper, rosemary, bay leaf and stir. Reduce to a medium heat once it comes to the boil

4. In a separate pan fry the deer meat (cubed) in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil on a medium heat, add salt and stir regularly

5. Once the juices evaporate pour in the gin and flame it. Once the flame goes out add the red paprika powder. Then through a sieve add the stock to the meat, stir and cook further on a low heat

6. After 2 hours 30 minutes add the mushrooms and rest of the wine and cook for another 20 minutes

Dobar tek!

Check out the video instructions below:

You can see the original recipe in Croatian here

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