Pasticada, Dalmatian braised beef with Prosek Recipe
Pasticada, Dalmatian braised beef with Prosek
Flavors of Croatia
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 12 to 24 hours
Cooking time: 3 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Dalmatinska pasticada is a traditional Dalmatian braised beef dish. It requires some advance planning, since it needs 24 hours of marinating and over 3 hours of cooking time.  

Pasticada is usually served with noodles and grated cheese.

Step 1
- 750 g lean boneless beef
- smoked bacon
- a few cloves
- 3 garlic cloves
- vinegar
- juice of 1 lemon
- rosemary

Step 2
- flour
- 2 Tbsp. fat
- 1 onion
- 2 carrots
- a few cloves
- nutmeg
- broth or water
- 1 tsp. tomato paste
- 1 glass of "Prosek" (dessert wine) or red wine
- 1-2 sugar cubes
- salt and pepper

Preparing and marinating

  1. Lard the beef with pieces of smoked bacon and slivers of garlic; stick in a few cloves.
  2. Place the meat in a fairly small dish; add vinegar to one-third of its depth. Add the lemon juice and a branch of rosemary. Marinate the meat overnight (preferably for 24 hours), turning occasionally. 


  1. Take the meat from the marinade, drain well, and coat in flour.
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 Tbsp. fat and brown the meat and onions. .
  3. Gradually add the broth or water, then the tomato paste, prosek, sliced carrots, nutmeg and a few cloves. Simmer covered for 3 hours or until the meat is cooked and can be sliced thinly. 
  4. Strain the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Return to the pot and cook 30 minutes longer. 
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 Photo: Portal Trogir

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