Croatian Komiska Pogaca – A Traditional Recipe from The Island of Vis

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komiska pogaca recipe

Before we get to the yummy komiska pogaca recipe, we’ll take a brief look at Croatian history and the origin of the recipe.

Croatian islands offer breathtaking views, small stone villages, amazing history, interesting cultures, and beautiful traditions. While wandering through their beauties, you can almost feel how those ancient souls accompany you on all the explorations. Meeting the local life is a way to truly meet the island, find its virtues, hidden places, and most of all, to meet its way of being.

Croatia is has a wonderful picturesque nature and coastal line equal by beauty to that of Greece for example. The only difference is that Greece has a little more to offer as in quantity and scale. Croatia is often seen as the smaller version of Greece in that regard.

One of the most popular Croatian sites is Dubrovnik, which is often regarded as among the top destinations one should visit at least once in their lifetime.

 

Dubrovnik city coast

You’ll be mesmerized and will fall in love at the place.

 

Old medieval town of Ragusa in Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast
Panoramic view of Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

One of the most beautiful Croatian islands is definitely the island of Vis. Vis is protruding island in the Adriatic Sea. It is located 45 km away from the mainland, but despite that, its beauty is well known worldwide. Not only it has breathtaking nature but also an amazing traditional life and cuisine. But in order to meet the tradition, you must meet its foundations, history, and culture.

Only then you can enjoy the true beauty, flavors, and aromas of the island’s tradition, as well as the recipe for amazingly delicious komiška pogača.

 

Influences & History

 

Vis, also known as Lissa in the Italian and Issa in the old Greek, is an island that was and still is a key point of all the sea routes, inhabitants of different origins, and diverse cultures. These features connect the present day and the ancient times of the island of Vis. Two of the most important towns on the island are called Vis and Komiža and they are located on opposite sides of the island.

For centuries, Vis was an independent island state, first as a Greek colony and then as a Roman city. The rich archaeological heritage can now mostly be found on the mainland, as well as in the sea which surrounds the island.

Due to the already mentioned diversity, the island’s tradition was influenced by a lot of different civilizations such as Greeks and Italians, which left their traces on the island. The history of the island isn’t completely known since Vis is really isolated but thanks to its pieces of architecture, as well as to the folklore, which is passed on to generations and generations, some of the gaps in the island’s history are slowly fill in.

Civilizations and conquerors certainly influenced the inhabitants’ life and brought new traditions, especially new recipes which now, present the island’s classic, traditional, and delicious cuisine.

 

 

The Island’s Cuisine

 

Since the island of Vis is quite isolated, its inhabitants were using simple ingredients in order to make tasty dishes enriched with beautiful aromas and flavors which provided enough nutritional value and strength. The people were using ingredients that were suitable to their material availability, as well as those that were easily accessible. And those were the basis for the traditional cuisine of the island of Vis. But thanks to the Greek influence, the inhabitants started to experiment more with the different ingredients, seasonings, and herbs.

Today, the island offers some of the most delicious dishes on the Croatian coast. Its unique microclimate, the rich and fertile plateau, as well as numerous fields, are the basis of its quality cuisine. And that, in the combination with influences from the past which brought diversity over the entire island, guarantees delicious flavors, outstanding aromas, and beautiful nuances.

The inhabitants prepare fresh and seasonal ingredients in the traditional way with a touch of art and innovative ideas, as well as imaginative recipes created from the need to use every single ingredient which is available and accessible to them. Two of the most famous recipes of Vis are for its classic and delicious pie.

Two Traditional Recipes for Komiska Pogaca

 

The island of Vis has 2 important towns called Vis and Komiža. The towns are situated on the 2 sides of the island. Vis is situated on the northeast side of the island, while Komiža is located on the western side.

 

komiza town in vis island view

Both towns have their own recipe for the island’s trademark pie (or Croatian pogača) and due to that, one is called viška pogača, while the one we’re preparing today is called komiska pogaca.

Both recipes have the same main ingredients – homemade dough, salty anchovies, onions, olives, and olive oil. But unlike viska pogacakomiska pogaca has one special ingredient and that is tomato juice. Tomatoes nicely combine all the main ingredients, and they certainly contribute to the final flavors and aromas.

What is interesting is that in the past, the inhabitants were only preparing komiska pogaca during the summer because that was the only time of the year when they had fresh tomatoes, so the rest of the year, they were preparing pogača without the tomatoes or simply – they were preparing classic viška pogača. It is a bit confusing, isn’t it? However, it is important to distinguish these recipes because they both present the traditional cuisine of the island of Vis, but they present it in their own unique and specific way. Due to that, both viška and komiska pogaca are the trademarks of the island’s cuisine! But now, let’s focus on the specific virtues of komiska pogaca which is our main dish today!

How To Prepare Komiska Pogaca

 

Komiška pogača is a simple pie that was the main dish of the poor fishermans’ families for centuries and today, it presents a trademark of the island. It is made of the simplest and accessible ingredients such as homemade dough, salted anchovies, onion, tomato sauce, olives, and olive oil. It is really easy to prepare it and it doesn’t take too much time with the preparation, nor with the kneading and baking process.

In order to make perfect komiska pogaca, the most important part of the preparation is the dough. You need to knead it really well and once you get a firm ball, cover it with the cloth and let it rest for at least an hour. After that, the dough needs to be divided into 2 balls and then rolled out thinly (approximately around 5 millimeters).

When it comes to the filling, just make sure to clean the anchovies so your pie doesn’t have bones. Also, I would recommend you use homemade tomato juice, its flavors certainly combine better with the rest of the ingredients, but in case you don’t have it, don’t worry – the pie will still be amazingly delicious in case you use tomato juice from the store!

Okay, so now that you know the history, culture, and tradition of the island and its cuisine, let’s kneed, fill, bake, and eat!

 

What Do You Need

 

  • 20 lb bread flour
  • 1 lb salted anchovies
  • 52 oz tomato juice
  • 1 onion
  • 52 oz warm water
  • 14 g of dry yeast
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • olives
  • olive oil
  • fresh parsley

 

Kneading, Filling & Baking Process

 

Step 1

Mix flour, water, yeast, and salt. Add a bit of olive oil to the mixture and mix all the ingredients. Keep mixing and then kneading until you get a nice and firm dough. Cover the dough with the cloth and let it rest for at least an hour.

Step 2

Clean the anchovies and cut the onion. Stew the onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato juice, a pinch of pepper, and salt, and cook everything for 10 minutes.

Step 3

While the sauce is cooking, divide the dough into 2 balls. Make one bigger and one smaller dough. Roll the bigger dough thinly and put it into the baking pan. Put the tomato sauce with the onion on the dough.

Step 4

Place anchovies and olives on the tomato sauce. Pour olive oil and put a bit of pepper, oregano, and parsley, and then roll out the smaller dough and place it over the filling. Press well the edges of the bottom dough and the upper one.

Step 5

Prick the dough with a fork and let it rest for 15 minutes. Coat the pie with olive oil too.

Step 6

Heat up the oven on 392 °F and bake the pie for 35 minutes. Serve komiska pogaca with red wine.

 

easy Komiska Pogaca recipe

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Croatian Komiska Pogaca - A Traditional Recipe from The Island of Vis
 
Ingredients
  • 20 lb bread flour
  • 1 lb salted anchovies
  • 52 oz tomato juice
  • 1 onion
  • 52 oz warm water
  • 14 g of dry yeast
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • olives
  • olive oil
  • fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, water, yeast, and salt. Add a bit of olive oil to the mixture and mix all the ingredients. Keep mixing and then kneading until you get a nice and firm dough. Cover the dough with the cloth and let it rest for at least an hour.
  2. Clean the anchovies and cut the onion. Stew the onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato juice, a pinch of pepper, and salt, and cook everything for 10 minutes.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, divide the dough into 2 balls. Make one bigger and one smaller dough. Roll the bigger dough thinly and put it into the baking pan. Put the tomato sauce with the onion on the dough.
  4. Place anchovies and olives on the tomato sauce. Pour olive oil and put a bit of pepper, oregano, and parsley, and then roll out the smaller dough and place it over the filling. Press well the edges of the bottom dough and the upper one.
  5. Prick the dough with a fork and let it rest for 15 minutes. Coat the pie with olive oil too.
  6. Heat up the oven on 392 °F and bake the pie for 35 minutes. Serve komiska pogaca with red wine.

 

Enjoy!

Have you tried making komiska pogaca or other traditional Croatian recipes at home before? Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments below.

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